Currently Being ModeratedDec 1, 2012 6:46 AM (in response to MissNothing)
.. To be completely honest, I just want to be able to turn on my Mac and be able to get everything I have on there off of it. I didn't back it up as I have never had a problem with it before and there really is a lot of important things on there that I need!!
You can use another Mac and FireWire Target Disk Mode to retrieve your MacBook's contents. The worst case scenario would require removing its hard disk drive and installing it in an enclosure, and using another Mac to retrieve its contents. Since you did not have a backup strategy, this would be a good reason to purchase an enclosure in anticipation of this need. They are not expensive ($30 - $40 or so).
To attempt to diagnose the problem, boot from your original Applications Install DVD and Apple Hardware Test:
You must remove the firmware password, if one has been set, before you can use AHT.
If the same problem arises while attempting to boot from the optical drive this will be a question for the Genius Bar.MacBooks iMacs iPods AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion, 27 years Apple!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 16, 2012 5:30 PM (in response to MissNothing)
I'm having the same exact problem! I have a late 2011 13'' Macbook pro and it was working wonderfully until about two weeks ago. I am able to turn it on sometimes, but other times it takes up to 20 times or an hour for it to boot up. Once it is on there aren't any noises or anything and it works as it always has. This is driving me crazy!!! The computer is less than a year old, purchased it in March. If you found anything out, please post back and let me know. I'm about to bring it into the apple store Wednesday if this keeps up.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 16, 2012 5:53 PM (in response to jsscakcss)
See your post here jsscakcss
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