My iBook won't start up. I'm scared.

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Groovsonic, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. Groovsonic macrumors regular

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    Ok.
    I have a 900mhz iBook G3. I almost always use OSX.
    I booted into OS9 to do some stuff and while I was there, I got a message saying something about finder error and I should restart. Well, the whole thing was frozen, so I held down the power button and powered off. When I hit the power button to turn it back on, I get the startup chime and the ominous looking screen with a folder and a question mark flashing.


    I just want to get back into OSX. HELP!!!


    Thanks.
     
  2. Coolvirus007 macrumors regular

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    boot from the mac os 9 disc and select the mac os x disc in startup disk preferences.
     
  3. Groovsonic thread starter macrumors regular

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    But, I can't even get into OS9.
    I just get the folder in the center of the screen with the flashy question mark. I can't do anything.
     
  4. Amani macrumors member

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    I remember the first time I got the flashing question mark. Scared me too. Lesson to learn after you reinstall your system, BACK UP EVERYTHING on a CD or on an external hard drive.
     
  5. Groovsonic thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you so, so much. I wasn't able to do exactly what was listed there, but fortunately my FP iMac is working fine, so I made a boot CD using BootCD (good name) and did some disk repair stuff and after about 10 restarts the computer finally recognized the hard drive as a startup disk. Its working fine now.

    Thanks for your help.
     

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