scary image on startup!!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by comictimes, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. comictimes macrumors 6502a

    comictimes

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    So apparently my powerbook got unplugged sometime today while I was at school, and as a result when i got home the battery was completely dead. So I forced it to fully shut down, then started it up. However, when I did this, just before it began the regular startup process for about half a second the image of a folder with a question mark flashed on the screen. This was the same image that came on the screen when I had whiped my hard drive then accidentally started up without holding "c", so it kinda scares me.

    Was this just a random occurance, or is it a sign that my hard drive is dying and I should start backing up my files speedy-like?
     
  2. floatingspirit macrumors 6502

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    Me too

    I don't have the answer, but the same thing happened to my iBook when I installed a new battery. Then it transformed into a Globe after a while and then it finally booted up. I never solved this though, so I'm eager to hear any feedback on this topic.
     
  3. spencecb macrumors 6502a

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    This is not a big issue. This happened to my PowerBook before. I think it can happen when you run into a situation where the battery has been drained of all power. The computer gets confused for a second or so looking for the Sartup disk. Not a big deal :)
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    It might be trying to start up from a different location/device or network (in floatingspirit's case). You can reselect your internal hard disk's system folder through the Startup Disk pane of System Preferences. :)
     
  5. Benjamin macrumors 6502a

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    It's just the icon for the firmware didn't have a set startup disk, nothing bad here imo, just reset your startup disk in sys prefs if you have to.
     
  6. comictimes thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    awesome thanks all. I'm gonna be getting a new computer in 6 months (before going to college) but I'd really rather have this one survive until then, and was rather nervous...
     
  7. Sedulous macrumors 68000

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  8. spencecb macrumors 6502a

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    It doesn't look like it is that old of a computer for the battery to die. I have seen this happen before...just a bit of confusion for the HDD like I stated above.
     
  9. i4k20c macrumors 6502a

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    yah this happend to me. it tried to randomly start from the network, and i had to re-select it to start from the hardrive. not sure what happend, but yah. :)
     
  10. Sedulous macrumors 68000

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    If it doesn't happen predicitably, then you are most likely right. But not all batteries are created equal... notice the various iPod battery complaints that lace these threads.
     
  11. annk Administrator

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    Back up the files you can't afford to lose, no matter what. You should always have a back up; it may be too late to think about it first when a problem occurs.

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