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Over heated my battery and it popped out of its casing. Restarted it with no battery and worked fine. Never used the battery because charge rail is no good. Used it this morning to file tax returns. After I finished their was a system update that required a restart and now the computer is stuck on the start up screen with spinning wheel of death.

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Apr 21, 2012

my mom's Macbook Pro can't start up.  it gets stuck at the grey screen w/ the Apple logo and spinning pinwheel every time.  nothing else is plugged into the laptop aside from the power cord.  

here's what i tried already, but to no avail:

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  - Held "d" while booting, ran the hardware test and it checked out fine. 

after all of the above, tried waiting for it to restart for 15 minutes and still same spinning wheel.   

this all started when a Skype update couldn't install, so i got rid of the current Skype.  then tried downloading the new Skype. after it supposedly downloaded fully and it was automatically processing in the download pop up window (e.g. something about "writing", "image", etc.), it got stuck and froze the computer for at least 5 minutes.  at that point, i help the power button until it turned out.  then this started..

PS: not sure if this has anything to do w/ the problem, but after this happened, i tried to use Disk Utilities to make an image onto an external hard drive and it gave me an "operation timed out" error. 

PPS:  she has the following specs -

Hitachi Hard drive; partition Map Scheme: GUID Partition Table


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Aug 20, 2014

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1) First off, there are no peripherals connected so that is already ruled out as the cause.

2) When I try starting up in safe mode (holding shift while starting), the Apple logo, spinning wheel and progress bar appear. The progress bar fills about a third of the way then stops. I have left it for quite a long time and it still stays at a third of the way.

3) When running a safe boot (holding shift+command+v at startup) it gives me a " SATA WARNING: Enable auto-activate failed" message, and then eventually times out. Here is the full message:

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If i boot in recovery mode with my osx install disc inserted the disc appears. If I select the hard drive we are just back to the apple logo and spinning wheel. If I select the install disc it goes to the apple logo/spinning wheel again, sometimes it allows me to start running the install, but then when it gets to the step where you select the hard drive to run the install on, no hard drives appear.

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I tried:

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Curiously, I can start it in Windows and I am using Windows right now. Some threads said that it could be a hard drive problem, but if I am using Windows, does it mean that my hard drive is fine?

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Feb 3, 2010

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