|Jul 9, 2008, 04:46 AM||#1|
Start-up trouble: screen shows circle with diagonal line through it
I'm a newbie here... My thanks in advance for an advice imparted in regards to the above....
i.e: my G4 Quicksilver, running OSX10.3.9, is starting up with an odd screen: a circle with a line running diagonally through it, similar to a no smoking sign... I hope that makes sense!
I have tried doing an archive and install but it hasn't fixed the problem, as i assumed it would...
any ideas? what does this screen mean?
any help very appreciated..
|Jul 9, 2008, 09:46 AM||#2|
Here is the apple link that tells you all about it:
The cirlce with the diagonal is called a "prohibitory sign" indicating a critical file/folder is missing, not allowing you to boot up.
My suggestion would be to do a clean install on a different hard drive, if you have one. Then migrate your user profile over.
27" iMac 3.4 Core i7 / 16gb Ram /1TB Drive/AMD 6970M 1Gb
|Jul 9, 2008, 09:56 AM||#3|
From there you can either live off of the firewire drive or change out the drives your self (or have someone do it for you).
iMac 20" 2.66 C2D|9400M|4GB RAM|320GB HD ;; MacBook Pro 15" 2.4 Ci5|GT330M|4GB RAM|320GB HD
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|Jul 15, 2008, 02:28 AM||#4|
thanks for getting this info for me.... so much appreciated...
yep, it was a dud hard drive... though not my strt up drive... it was a secondary drive that has been playing up, to the point where it doesn't appear on the desktop anymore... tried fixing it in many ways using tech tool, but to no avail... its a goner!
so i disconnected it and, either it was that, or the various tech tool suites used to fix volume probs, defrag, etc.. not sure which it was for sure, but i reckon it was the 2nd drive removal...
anyway, no prohibited sign anymore, and seems to be running smoother...
once again, thanks for responding with helpful info...
all the best
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