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Startup help, OSX on a powerbook G4

Discussion in 'Apple Mac' started by Stefs05, Jan 8, 2006.

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  1. Stefs05

    Stefs05 Thread Starter

    Jan 8, 2006
    My computer was working fine until a few days ago, when I tried to start it up and all it would do is display a flashing question mark. I put in the OSX install disk, and it will get to the third step and stops. Any idea what I can do?
  2. macguru


    Oct 8, 2005
    ok you need to rtun the disk utility program in your OS X install disk see if your hard drive is ok....sounds like something may be wrong with that in hardware.......check it's smart status
  3. D0C_Hol1d@y

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    Nov 10, 2005
    that means the computer is trying to find your start up system folder. You will need to boot it up from an apple CD. If you have the original CD that came with the machine that would be great. Depending on your operating system, you are going to do either one of these things. If you are in Classic system 8.6 thru system 9.2, when it boots from the CD (start the computer from a cd by holding down the C button down when it starts up until it boots) look in the apple menu on the left and select startup disk from control panels just check the folder your system is on and reboot.

    OSX, boot from a CD like I mentioned above. When the system boots go to the apple menu on the left and select system preferences. The system preferences will open select startup disk a window will open select on of the start up volumes make sure it is highlighted and then reboot. That should fix that problem.
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