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    Mac OS question

    I am sure this is a silly question but as I have never had any dealings with Mac kit, please forgive me!
    My son has been given a dead macbook pro mini and I was wondering, if it turns out to need a new hard drive, is it possible to get a copy of the OS to load back on to it?

    It may be the motherboard which will make the question moot, but you never know!

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    How old is the Macbook?

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    My son has been given a dead macbook pro mini
    Do you know the model number (or id) of the MacBook? If not, enter the last 3-4 digits of the serial number into the website below and then post the details here.

    www.everymac.com/ultimate-mac-lookup/

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    Its an A1278 2.26 or 2.52 khz
    New info from son - It will charge but not switch on (it is currently in Falmouth so I can't look at it yet...) Could well be the mobo

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    When you say switch on do you see anything at all on the screen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    It will charge but not switch on
    Try resetting the SMC and/or PRAM.

    osxdaily.com/2010/03/24/when-and-how-to-reset-your-mac%E2%80%99s-system-management-controller-smc/
    osxdaily.com/2010/11/15/reset-pram-mac/

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    @Arthur Can't reset PRAM as you don't hear any reboot sound and unfortunately the other instruction didn't work either. Is there anything else I can try?

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    Do you see the Apple logo when you turn it on and the spinning thing below it?


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    No. Nothing at all

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    That's not good. You might be right about the motherboard being dead.

    Do you hear any noises (hard drive, fans spinning, startup chime etc.)?

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    Try removing the battery, plug it in and see if it powers on.

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    It's an internal battery, I think so not so easy!
    It has come home without a power cable it seems
    Last edited by witch; 7th June 2013 at 08:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    It's an internal battery, I think so not so easy!
    You only need to remove a few screws to access the battery.

    www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installing+MacBook+Unibody+Model+A1278+Battery/754/1


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    Ah. But without a power cable I can't plug it in to see if it works without the battery, I dont know anyone with one I can borrow and buying one could be a waste of money if the machine is dead!!

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    Take it to an apple store to get it diagnosed to find out whats wrong. Unless. Unless krcs can diagnose it?

    Would be good to no whats wrong with it and if you are going to repair it or get rid of it

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