blinking earth upon start up!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Kalafut, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. Kalafut macrumors regular

    Kalafut

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    #1
    so i go to new ram and i installed it, it said it was working, but then one time turned on my computer, it showed a pic of a folder with a ? on it, so i turn off my macbook and turned it back on, then it started normally, then one time i turned it on and i got this blinking earth, so i restarted and i got the folder, so i restarted again, and it booted normally, anyways im really confused, does anyone know what these things mean? :(
     
  2. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    the folder with a question mark means that the computer can't find a system folder. The world, I think means that the computer is trying to start up from a network drive. If you don't already have everything important backed up I would suggest that you back it up before your HD goes completely out.
     
  3. samh004 macrumors 68020

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    Additionally to what was said above, this wouldn't be a RAM problem but a HDD problem. If you haven't already got a backup, now would be a very good time, see here for more information (on your problem).
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I agree that now is as good a time as any to back up. In the meantime though, select the appropriate startup disk in System Preferences.
     
  5. Kalafut thread starter macrumors regular

    Kalafut

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    well crap. that sucks. well at-least i was already planning on buying a new HD:(
    thanks for the help.

    so should i get 2700rpm 120gb seagate HD for $116 or have apple replace and upgrade my HD my current HD is 80gb, and i want a bigger one, but im afraid apple will charge me up the !@# (butt).
     

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