[H-GEN] MacBook booting problems

Johann Kwiatkowski johann at spot-the-dog.com
Fri Feb 25 08:00:06 EST 2011


On 25/02/2011, at 9:32 PM, Gavin Duley wrote:

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> On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 21:16, Johann Kwiatkowski
> <johann at spot-the-dog.com> wrote:
> 
>> it may not be the hard drive, if its the hard drive it should boot and
>> eventually come to a folder icon with a blinking question mark.
>> You could try reseting the pram
>> 
>> howto here
>> http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1379
>> I have had success before, but you mileage may vary
> 
> Thanks for the suggestion. This certainly did something, but nothing
> really helpful -- on boot, the hard disc spins down after a minute or
> so and I now do get a blinking icon of a folder with a question mark.

that would mean there is an issue with the hard disk, so the laptop itself should still be fine. You should now be able to boot from the install disc, and from there run the disk utility to check the hard drive. Its basic though. Some mac install disks do come with tech tools as well. 


> 
>> I've found rsync pretty good for backups and easier to manage than time machine
> 
> Not sure why I hadn't though of using rsync... I'll look into setting
> it up, once my computer (this one, or in the worst case scenario, its
> replacement) is up and running.
> 
> Also solves the query "what should I use instead of Time Machine if I
> move to Linux?" ;-)
> 
> thanks,
> 
> gavin,
> 
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