help with booting up into any system on my iMac is heavily needed!

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by thegeek187, Mar 30, 2003.

  1. thegeek187 macrumors member

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    #1
    this is actually bennetsaysargh on his brother's computer without permission, but that is because he got the computer that i use messed up.
    he got a new game and a joystick yesterday, and the game wasn't working. he went on my comp to see if it worked on it, and i got the equivilant to a blue screen of death. it is a "?" blinking with a finder logo blinking. i booted up on a system 9 disk, and accidentally hit network startup. it is now stuck on network startup, and won't get off of it unless i go into FW disk mode. it shows up on my brother's computer, but wants to initialize it. what does initializing it do to a HD?
     
  2. VegetaPunk macrumors 6502

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    It will clear everything off of your hard drive. initializing your HD is formating your HD so your computer can read/write on it.
     
  3. Ajmbc macrumors regular

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    To get out of network startup, reset the PRAM. Restart the computer and hold down option-apple-P-R and keep holding it down until you hear the chime 3 times. That should do it.

    Hope this helps!
    =ajmbc=

    ps:I did this once. :)
     
  4. yzedf macrumors 65816

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    Don't forget to click your heels together while saying "there's no place like home..." three times. ;)
     
  5. GeeYouEye macrumors 68000

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    When it asks to initialize, hit cancel, then use Disk First Aid (the 9 version works better for this actually) to repair it. If it doesn't show up in the list of drives in Disk First Aid... well, hope you backed up recently
     

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