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I have an aging, ailing MacBook. The battery died on it a few months ago, but can still use it when plugged in. I recently upgraded it to Snow Leopard.

Had it unplugged for a few days. Went to boot it up today and now get this symptom:

  • start up chime
  • white screen with apple logo
  • shuts off

That's all it'll do. I tried unplugging and holding down the power button for 30 seconds but that didn't remedy the situation.

Any theories?

Finally an excuse to get the 27" iMac?

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I suspect your hard drive is not working.

Try booting in verbose mode. reboot and hit cmd-V

share|improve this answer verbose mode it ends at AppleYukon2. It doesn't shut down...just ends there and never fully boots. BUT...prior to that I'm getting a FSCK FAIL error. So, yep. Looks like the HD. – DA. Jun 17 '10 at 10:09
Disk repair can't salvage it. Looks like I'm taking the piggy bank to the Apple store. – DA. Jun 17 '10 at 11:14

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