Found an Interesting Problem...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by clion, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. clion macrumors newbie

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    Hi!

    I recently installed Leopard on my G4 MDD 1.2 Ghz desktop. The machine booted fine after installation, so I proceeded to do the software update. It's when I restarted the machine, I found this interesting problem...

    Upon reboot, there was this flashing graphic on the screen. It's a picture of the world. Yes, you heard me right: A flashing full-color graphic of the world. The system does not boot into OSX, however.

    Thinking that this could indicate that (maybe) my Mac was trying to boot off a network, I restarted and held down the "Option" key. That led me the familiar menu where you select you boot drive(s). I selected my start up disk -- the only bootable drive I have on this system -- and I still got to the flashing world.

    I put the machine in firewire mode and re-installed Leopard from my Macbook Pro. (I could not get the Superdrive to open.) This time I did a complete disk erase and re-install. I restarted the machine without doing a software update, however, I still find I'm running into this flashing graphic of the world.

    I can't recall if anyone knows what this means on any of the boards I've viewed.

    Does anyone know what's going on?

    Thanks!
     
  2. applefan1997 macrumors 6502

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    Have you tried letting it run it's course? Some Macs, if no net drive is found, continue booting off the drive.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    The flashing globe is a netboot icon -- the icon that shows up preliminarily if no drive is up and available is the folder with a question mark, AFAIK.

    Take a look at this and see if it helps:

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Apple/?p=990
     
  4. techound1 macrumors 68000

    techound1

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    It's trying to load the kernel from the netboot server. It should resolve into either the spinning gear or the prohibit symbol.
     

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