start-up problems with OS X 10.3

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Ja Di ksw, Sep 10, 2004.

  1. Ja Di ksw macrumors 65816

    Ja Di ksw

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    Hi all. My girlfriend's powerbook is acting odd when it startrs up. When you turn it on, the first thing you see is a small folder in the center of the screen. It looks like the old version of a folder, all flat and 2-D. A little question mark pops up in the middle of it, and then it turns into a small face (Apple's normal little logo face). After that it starts up normally. So far this hasn't caused any problems yet, but I'm worried it will. Especially since I convinced her to get an Apple machine b/c of its reliability right before she went to Austria, and had the hard drive crap out on her immediately over there. Thankfully she's back in the states now, so it'll be a lot easier to get it fixed if it needs to be.
    Thanks
     
  2. yoda13 macrumors 65816

    yoda13

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    Texas
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    Sounds to me like that you need to go to the control panels and select a start-up disk. My old iBook used to do this if I had not selected between booting up in OS9 or OSX. Now if the computer isn't dual-boot, then I don't have any idea what is going on. You can always repair permissions and zap the PRAM, but it sounds like what used to happen to me when I had both OSes on my computer and had not selected a start-up disk. Hope this helps.
     

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