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Old May 29th, 2008, 01:30 PM   #1
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no bootable device?

I am having a problem with my moms macbook, running 10.5.2
If I restart the macbook I get this message:

"No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key"

Its white text on a black screen, reminds me of DOS, but I dont have windows installed with bootcamp, I have windows installed with parallels. I did have windows installed with bootcamp before, but deleted it opting for just using it with parallels
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Old May 29th, 2008, 03:19 PM   #2
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No bootable device?

Yikes, sounds like it could be a corruption issue or a failing hard drive...

I'm not the resident expert here (there are dozens!) but I hope you have a backup.

Try starting in Safe Mode (hold down the Shift key while restarting)

Here's what Apple says about Safe Mode:

Safe Boot is a special way to start Mac OS X 10.2 or later when troubleshooting. Safe Mode is the state Mac OS X is in after a Safe Boot.

Immediately after you hear the startup tone, press and hold the Shift key.
Tip: The Shift key should be held as soon as possible after the startup tone but not before.

Starting up into Safe Mode does three things to simplify the startup and operation of your computer:

• It forces a directory check of the startup volume.

• It loads only required kernel extensions (some of the items in /System/Library/Extensions).

• It runs only Apple-installed startup items (some of the items in /Library/StartupItems and /System/Library/StartupItems - and different than login items).

• Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger only: It disables all fonts other than those in /System/Library/Fonts .

• Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger only: It moves to the Trash all font caches normally stored in /Library/Caches/com.apple.ATS/(uid)/ , where (uid) is a user ID number such as 501.

• Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger only: It disables any Login Items.

Taken together, these changes can work around issues caused by software or directory damage on the startup volume.
Then, try running Disk Utilty's "Repair Permissions."

If it is, in fact, a corruption issue, that oughta help. If it's a dead HD, then again, I hope you have the data backed up!

Of course, if I've misunderstood your problem and you've already done this, then maybe you could try selecting the startup disk? (Holding the Option key while starting up...)

I haven't bothered with Boot Camp or Parallels but if they're causing this, I'm sure someone else can help.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 03:26 PM   #3
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I hope its not a failing hard drive as I just had a new one put in. I do have a backup from when the hard drive was replaces a month or so back.
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Whew

Okay, if the HD is new, we can hopefully assume it's not the problem.

Try selecting the startup disk by holding the Option key during startup.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 03:40 PM   #5
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oh I can still log in normal by using the option and then selecting the mac hd for boot up. I just want to get rid of the message my mom gets when she shuts down her computer and want to make sure something major isnt wrong.
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Parallels or Boot Camp problem?

Oh, I see. Well, as you said, if it looks like a DOS message, then it may in fact have something to do with Windows and either your Parallels (doubtful) or a remnant of your Boot Camp experiment. Then again, as a Mac user, I'm pretty quick to blame Bill Gates for everything.

Hope someone here with Boot Camp experience can help!
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Old May 29th, 2008, 04:47 PM   #7
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my uncle also had this problem once.
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Old May 30th, 2008, 11:47 AM   #8
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my uncle also had this problem once.
Did your uncle fix the problem?
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Sounds to me like the system is corrupt and has to be replaced. You need to do an archive and install. You wont lose any documents, but will get a new system. Your old system will be put in a folder so that you can replace any preferences, but the best bet is to reinstall things like printers, etc., from scratch. These may have caused the corruption in the first place.
If your machine will boot from a CD, then this is most likely your problem.
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Old Jun 1st, 2008, 01:27 AM   #10
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Disk Warrior is rather expensive but usually will resolve this sort of issue. Otherwise clone from your back-up copy if it is known to be good or if time is no issue do the archive and install.
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