Startup Error Question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MacKenzie999, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. MacKenzie999 macrumors regular

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    Hi folks...

    I'm getting the following message when I restart and relog onto my mac:

    "Disk Insertion
    The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer"
    (with options to Initialize/Ignore/Eject)

    I can certainly get around this easily enough but would love to get rid of this message which has been popping up for a couple of months now.

    Any help greatly appreciated!

    Dual 2.3, 4gb ram, OSX.4.5
     
  2. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

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    the disk? More than one harddrive? External drives connected?
     
  3. MacKenzie999 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh yeah, I suppose it makes sense to have explained that part. D'oh!

    I have a Lacie Big Disk attached via Firewire, and often an ipod also attached, but they do not appear to be part of the problem.* I suspect this may be a ghost from discs past (I end up with various hard drives attached to my mac from time to time).

    *by that I mean it doesn't matter if they are connected or not, and selecting an option from the error message does not affect them.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Does pressing Eject have any effect on anything? Maybe run fsck. :)
     
  5. MacKenzie999 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Eject simply opens the cupholder.

    Thanks for everyone's suggestions so far!

    I did try Disk util, and saw a bunch of Avid Media drives show up; cannot do anything to them via Disk util though, many options are greyed out although Eject is an option. results of eject:
    "Eject Failed. The disk “AVID Maxtor 7Y180P0 Media” could not be unmounted.

    Make sure that all applications and files are closed on this disk."

    I've tried this with nothing running, same result.

    According to Aple if Disk Util work fsck cannot help me, and being somewhat command line-shy I'd skip this unless you really feel it necessary.
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, don't worry about fsck. Try a PRAM reset and maybe an SMU reset.

    BTW, I assume there isn't a disk in the drive when it ejects, right? :)
     
  7. MacKenzie999 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sometimes I have a disk in there when it ejects, and sometimes I don't. Doesn't seem to make a difference.
    Zapping the PRAM didn't solve it.

    :confused:
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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  9. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

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  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, it's pretty confusing. For all intents and purposes, PMU is the same as SMU. :)
     

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