MacBook :: Grey Screen With Flashing Question Mark At Start Up?

Mar 29, 2012

My computer started getting really slow all of the time and then it froze with the spinning rainbow. Normally if I simply press and hold the power button to restart it, the computer is fine. This time when I turned t back of I got a grey screen with the flashing question mark.

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I can reboot from the install drive.

When I go to disk utilities my System Hard Drive shows up, passes Repair Disk Permissions as well as Repair Disk.

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I am not a hardware guru, but it seems it is not reading the startup files. So, I reinstalled the system using Archive my data and it still will not boot. I really need to save the data off this HD. It is under warranty.

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•When using Disk Utility from the install disk, no hard drives are found. (Shows up just as "Media.")-If I wait long enough, they do show up, but problem still persists after repairs.

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What makes this all weirder is that if I wait long enough, it seems to work just fine, but then once I shut it down, it won't restart any time soon. 

I also seem to have a problem taking it out of sleep. The screen comes back on, but the spinning wheel shows up if I try to do anything before my fans spin up.

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2.0GHz MacBook running 10.5. My friend's computer which he brought to me thinking I might be able to get it booted.

My buddy went to bed last night, running a video on his hard drive with the computer hooked up to his flat screen TV, he fell asleep while it was playing. This morning he woke up to a frozen screen. He did a manual shutdown. Upon restart he got a gray screen with nothing showing.

I have tried the original installation disk and restart while holding down "C" with no result.

I tried a copy of Tech Tools 5 in the DVD drive... with no result.

I have tried booting off of my own external firewire HD upon which I keep a bootable clone of os10.4.11... with no result.

I tried booting off that same external HD while holding down "C" and got the flashing folder with question mark.

I tried using a firewire cable and starting the bad macbook in target mode while hooked up to my old iBook. This caused the macbook screen to show a firewire symbol and nothing showed up on my iBook screen but an archive... Tech Tools on my iBook recognized the archive but could not Unmount the archive when I tried to use any of the tools to explore or fix the target disk.

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Below are the basic information of my laptop.

Screen Size13.3 inchesScreen Resolution1280x800Max Screen Resolution1280x800 pixelsProcessor2.5 GHz Intel Core i5RAM4 GB DDR3Hard Drive500 GB HDD 5400 rpmGraphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 4000Chipset BrandIntelCard DescriptionIntel HD 4000Graphics Card Ram Size128 MBWireless Type802.11 a/b/g/nNumber of USB 2.0 Ports2Average Battery Life (in hours)8 hours  Expand 

Other Technical Details Brand NameAppleSeriesMacBook ProItem model numberMD101LL/AHardware PlatformMacOperating SystemMac OS X 10.8 Mountain LionItem Weight4.5 poundsItem Dimensions L x W x H8.94 x 12.78 x 0.95 inchesColorSilverProcessor BrandIntelProcessor Count1Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAMHard Drive InterfaceSerial ATAHard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPMOptical Drive TypeDVD+R DLAudio-out Ports (#)1Power SourceDCVoltage100 volts 

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