Flashing Folder on start-up, after partitioning with BootCamp

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Seraph83, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. Seraph83 macrumors newbie

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    I recently installed a partition to my mac mini using BootCamp, but leaving the Windows installation til a later date as I'd left the authentication info in the studio!

    On booting up my mac the next day I'm greeted with a flashing missing OS symbol instead of the apple logo. :apple:

    I've tried resetting the mac or trying to force it to start a network startup up but to no avail. I attempted to run from the installation disc but it isn't responding to holding don 'c' to run from the disc. However I'm running 10.5, but that was an upgrade from a colleagues disc and the only installation disc I have is 10.4. I can get that disc but may take time!

    The only interactivity I can get from the keyboard is upon pressing 'option' I'm asked to enter a password, but I don't know what password it's after?! :confused:

    If anyone could give me hints or assistance I'd be extremely grateful, as I'd hate to think I'm now the proud owner of a £400 paper-weight! :mad:

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  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    try holding the option (alt) key as it boots.
     
  3. Seraph83 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've tried that, but I just get a image of a lock and a password entry bar?! And I've already tried the administrator password??

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  4. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Sounds like you have a firmware password set. Do you know it?
     
  5. Seraph83 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Unfortunately I don't someone had there hands on the mac for a month before I got a hold of it! I erased their OS and installed my own?!

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