upon restart, i get a flashing folder icon and question mark?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by slipper, Jun 16, 2004.

  1. slipper macrumors 68000

    slipper

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    upon restart, i get a flashing folder icon and question mark?

    i recently deleted a unwanted program, does this have to do with it?
     
  2. Darwin macrumors 65816

    Darwin

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    This simply means that it can't find the System Files to bootup from, perhaps you may want to bootup from the OS CD and make repairs to the drive using the Disk Utility

    Then try restarting again
     
  3. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    You should also try rebooting into Single User Mode (cmd-s on reboot) and run fsck (type "fsck -f" at the prompt, then "reboot" when the disk repair is completed). If that doesn't work, you're probably in for an archive and install.
     
  4. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    slipper -
    After the flashing folder w/ question mark, does your machine then continue to boot normally???

    Lee Tom
     
  5. Thirteenva macrumors 6502a

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    Go into system preferences. Go to startup disk. Select the proper disk to start up from. Then restart and see if you still get the same icon at startup.
     
  6. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    I had this problem with a Emac. I finally gave up and went to do a archive and install, but it could not find the hard drive. Luckly apple care replaced the hard drive for free!
     

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