Why wont my laptop boot up?

Whne I try to boot my laptop I get a white screen, apple logo, and a spinning wheel.....

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You can try a couple things:

  • reseat the RAM
  • Boot from the install disk or to target disk mode and connect another computer or boot from another drive to verify the drive
  • reset the PRAM

If the second option tells you the drive is bad, try to repair it via disk utility, but if that doesn't work then you can get a new drive here.

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Thanks fo the tips.

Performed all sugestions. The results was repair/verify could not be performed in Disk Utility.

Afterwards I connected a 3.5 drive USB and performed the following steps:

Used the Snow Leopard install disk to perform an install to the USB drive.

When the install was completed, I coppied all the data & software from my orignal drive to the USB drive.

When that process (that took 3 hours) was complete, I reformatted the original drive and used Disk Utility to perform repair. I also did a verify to confirm the drive no longer had errors.

I am presently performing a new Snow Leapord install to the original drive. When that completes, I will copy the data and software from the 3.5 USB drive to the original drive.

I will keep the 3.5 USB drive as a back up. It will be good to have another boot drive available to troubleshoot future errors.

Thanks again for the input.

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Snow Leopard install failed.

Disk Utility revealed the drive has hardware problems that cannot be repaired. Therefore I will replace the hard drive.

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