The MacBook family was first introduced in May 2006 and replaced the iBook as Apple's consumer laptop.

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grey screen with apple and circle long boot up.

my macbook is kinda stuck in a long boot, with the grey screen and the apple and the little circle going on. who can i fix this?

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To properly answer your question I need to know exactly which machine you have. First please give the last three letters of your serial number, located in the battery compartment. If you have a DVD drive, please insert your system installation disk and boot holding down the "C" key. Go to the second screen pull down menu to Utilities -> Disk Utility. Select your hard drive in the left hand side and run verify then repair if it needs it. If no drive shows up, let us know and we can direct you to the proper guide for replacing the hard drive.

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To see what's going on while booting, power up the MacBook while holding CMD-"V" key for verbose mode.

You can see the logs scrolling up. Once you get to the sticking point, you can see the log output, so you can have better clue what's going on.

Most common case taking long time to boot is, your hard disk is about to die, or the disk is corrupt and it's running a disk check (aka fsck).

If you want to fix it by your self, get a new disk and replace the internal disk.

If you want to trouble shoot first, get an external USB or firewire disk (Unibody MacBook has USB only.) and boot up from it.

Hope you have everything backed up, and good luck.

-- Tai

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