Powering up without an optical drive
My MacBook (model from late 2006) all of a sudden was not able to boot-up to the login screen. I am not able to even see the apple logo which leads me to believe that one of the main system checks is not performing properly. I was told by an Apple Genius that the problem was the optical drive (as he was able to remove and test the hard drive to verify it was fine - i also tested on a friends MacBook by replacing my hard drive with his and it was fine). So I followed your guide on removing the optical drive. Everything went smoothly. I again tried to boot the machine without the optical drive to no avail. Assuming that the problem is the optical drive, should I be able to boot the machine if I have removed that drive? What I am asking is if I can run my computer without a drive or does it need that in order to reach the login screen? I assume that if it does not need the optical drive to boot, than the problem is something else. Any feedback is much appreciated. Great work on this site, as it has saved me a number of times!
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