3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 5, 2013 3:16 PM by BDAqua
tim.r.davies Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I get the gray screen, and then the spinning wheel, but then it just turns off (about 10 seconds after the spinning wheel appears).  I tried safe mode and resetting the DV/PRAM but each time, it just turns off.   In the case of the DV/PRAM, this did reset as now I hear the startup sound (previously it had been muted) so something is working.

 

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!


MacBook (13-inch Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.5)
  • 1. Re: Gray screen, then shut down.
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,470 points)

    Hi Tim, what shows as boot choives if you hold alt at bootup?

     

    Can you boot from your 10.5 Install Disc using the c key?

  • 2. Re: Gray screen, then shut down.
    tim.r.davies Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just see the Macintosh HD.  If I select this it just goes to the same gray screen with the apple logo, spinning wheel and then turns off.

     

    Also I tried target disk mode on the broken computer.  The firewire symbol appears, but I can't see it on my new computer (MBP with OS X Mountain lion).  If I then reboot the new computer and look for boot choices (Alt at bootup) I can see the broken laptop as an external hard drive, but when I select it, evething hangs.

     

    I don't think I have the 10.5 install disk (moved house and country several times).

  • 3. Re: Gray screen, then shut down.
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,470 points)

    With the broken one in target mode, pull & reconnect the Firewire cable to see if the MBP then sees it after a bit.