and shut down the machine.
Now start it up again while holding down the OPTION key.
Keep the key down until you see icons on the screen.
There should be an icon of a hard drive and one of a DVD.
With the arrow keys, select the DVD. Allow it to boot up.
If it boots, start the install of OS X but STOP as soon as you see the Menu Bar at the top of the screen.
Find the Utilities menu item and select Disk Utility.
Get Disk Utility to check the internal hard drive.
Email the serial number, via my profile, and we'll see if it is vintage on not
Can someone advise me I have a 15" MacBook pro one with metal case, when I power it on it comes up with the waiting circle going forever. I have waited as long as 20 minutes it will not start to the desktop. I have read in many places that if you get a folder sign with question mark it's likely the hard drive failure. But I do not get this just a loading sign also spinning.
I took my computer to the Lakeside Apple store in Thurrock (In the uk). They had a quick look and said its might be the hard drive and called it fintage (I think there way of saying vintage) they told me its over six year and tried to sell me a new one. While one of the sale person was talking to me, he had his colleague getting me a new one, they kept on saying they have what I'm looking for when i asked new was £1600.
i walked away from the store as i don't have that sort of money at the moment. Has anyone else had this problem, i am running snow leopard 10.6.
Any information will be helpful. This model of the MacBook pro is difficult to open it does not have the easy back panel removal cover. So I can't remove the hard disk.
Thank you in advance