Command-Shift-Option-Delete Boot Question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by logan41891, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. logan41891 macrumors newbie

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    When i boot up my ibook G4, i hold the Command-Shift-Option-Delete, which should select in the Startup Disk control panel in favor of an external device or from CD-ROM. But, the thing is that when i do this it brings up a blue folder and inside is a flashing "?" and the smiley 2 face icon thing.

    What does this mean?
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Why are you holding command+shift+option+delete? The boot menu is accessed just by holding option.
     
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    The invocation of DOCS will search for alternative bootable volumes on your iBook. If nothing appears then it cannot find one. You must also have your external device connected on the Firewire bus as USB booting was not supported fully until the Intel Macs showed up (some G5 models could be USB booting as well).

    Not on Power PC Macs.
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    That'll come as a surprise to my iBook G3 and Power Mac G5.
     
  5. logan41891 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So your saying if nothing appears and it cannot find one, is there a way for it to find one through the USB on a external device?
     
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Yes, that's what I'm saying.

    No, as I said, you cannot boot a G4 from a USB device. It must be on the Firewire bus to boot externally.
     
  7. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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