Flashing Finder Folder

rhodest

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I have a rev a imac. i just purchased a hard drive that has panther and 9.2 already installed on it. I have tried seven times to fix it, but every time the question mark comes up flashing. I have tried everything i thought possible to fix it, but no luck. Any help at all would be appreciated.
thanks,
trent
 

Plymouthbreezer

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rhodest said:
I have a rev a imac. i just purchased a hard drive that has panther and 9.2 already installed on it. I have tried seven times to fix it, but every time the question mark comes up flashing. I have tried everything i thought possible to fix it, but no luck. Any help at all would be appreciated.
thanks,
trent
Just select the startup disk, right now the computer doesn't know what one to use. That's all.
;)

Just wondering, what did you do to try and "fix it??"
 

rhodest

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I tried the Pram, the x key, the reset button, the jumper settings, and have closed it and checked everything for the 8th time today. How do I choose the startup disk? :confused: I can't get into anything now (like os 9) because it is a completely new hard drive with the operating systems already installed and i don't have the cd's. When I turn the computer on, all i see is the flashing question mark/ finder folder.
 

Plymouthbreezer

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rhodest said:
I tried the Pram, the x key, the reset button, the jumper settings, and have closed it and checked everything for the 8th time today. How do I choose the startup disk? :confused: I can't get into anything now (like os 9) because it is a completely new hard drive with the operating systems already installed and i don't have the cd's. When I turn the computer on, all i see is the flashing question mark/ finder folder.
Did you try holding Option at startup?
 

rhodest

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I bought it off of ebay from a seller with over 8000 sales so i assume it works. They said that it was fully tested by techs and said it had no problem whatsoever.
 

Duff-Man

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rhodest said:
I have a rev a imac. i just purchased a hard drive that has panther and 9.2 already installed on it.
Duff-Man says...just because the drive has 9.2 and panther installed on it does not mean they were installed to work on *your* computer. That is definitely *not* a good way to upgrade your computer and unless the seller gave you the original install disks and licenses it is not legal either.

First thing you want to do is make sure your firm ware is up to date - go to apple's website and download/install the latest iMac revA firmware - OS X is very picky about his on earlier Macs. Then make sure you have the proper license to install...then boot from the install cd and away you go.....oh yeah!
 

Plymouthbreezer

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Duff-Man said:
Duff-Man says...just because the drive has 9.2 and panther installed on it does not mean they were installed to work on *your* computer. That is definitely *not* a good way to upgrade your computer and unless the seller gave you the original install disks and licenses it is not legal either.

First thing you want to do is make sure your firm ware is up to date - go to apple's website and download/install the latest iMac revA firmware - OS X is very picky about his on earlier Macs. Then make sure you have the proper license to install...then boot from the install cd and away you go.....oh yeah!
Which clearly he doesn't have any of that.

Like I said, it does violate the EULA of any Mac OS, provided you don't have the original Restore CDs for that hard drive or your computer.