Trying to get a orginal (bondi) iMac to boot..

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Horatio™, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. Horatio™ macrumors newbie

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    Hello all, first sorry if this is in the wrong forum, but this is the closest I could see to vintage troubleshooting. I have an original bondi blue iMac that starts off the CD perfectly, but refuses to boot of the HD, it just sits there flashing a system icon/question mark. Now here's where it gets odd... If I stick the CD in and let it run long enough so that it stops flashing a question mark, and has a solid sys icon and then kick the CD out, it immediatly boots off the HD, no problem... I've tried just about everything I can think of, and alot of what other people have thought of... (http://www.macaddict.com/forums/topic/73994) but to no avail... any ideas? :confused:
     
  2. 840quadra Moderator

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    The system may have the Default startup disk set incorrectly. But it should still boot (after a delay) from your HDD.

    Try this,
    Once you are in the OS, check to see what the default "Startup disk" is set to.

    Is this OS 9 or OS X ?

    Either way startup disk is going to be located in the Control panels, or System preferences.
     
  3. Horatio™ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll check that out right now, and I'm running OS 8.6 (figured thats what they shipped with (er.. shipped with 8.5 actually) so why not give it a shot), though I've had considerable experience with both.
     
  4. Horatio™ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well it seems something has gone nutty... now I can't do anything except boot off of the CD :(
     
  5. 840quadra Moderator

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    It may be time to reload the OS.

    Do you see a "Blessed" System folder when you boot from the CD? .

    This will be a System folder with the Smiling Macintosh logo, and inside that, you should also see a finder icon with the smiling Macintosh logo.
     

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