Help! (booting up)

dopey220

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I just got a new eMac with OS 10.2 installed on it. I was installing Tiger when I accidentally hit the power switch on my surge protector and shut it off. Now when I boot up, it just stays on the white apple screen and I can't eject the disc. I'd like to just boot up with 10.2 and start over. What should I do?
 

Foxglove9

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dopey220 said:
I just got a new eMac with OS 10.2 installed on it. I was installing Tiger when I accidentally hit the power switch on my surge protector and shut it off. Now when I boot up, it just stays on the white apple screen and I can't eject the disc. I'd like to just boot up with 10.2 and start over. What should I do?
If you really want to take the disc out, hold the mouse button down when you start up your mac, it'll eject the disc for you.

Also, shut down again and restart holding down the C key. That'll boot the computer from the OS on the CD so you can do a fresh install of Tiger.
 

dopey220

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Ok, I got the disk out, but it still won't boot up. It just stays on the white screen.
 

xsedrinam

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dopey220, do you have the original install disks for Jaguar (10.2)? There are two install disks. If you only have the Jaguar update, you won't be able to boot from it. Have you tried what's been suggested and restarted holding down the C key?
 

dopey220

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Yes, I've tried that, and no, I don't have the discs. I got this computer used from my school and all it came with was a keyboard, mouse, and power cable.
 

Foxglove9

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dopey220 said:
Yes, I've tried that, and no, I don't have the discs. I got this computer used from my school and all it came with was a keyboard, mouse, and power cable.
You'll definitely need an original OS disc from apple, even if you have to borrow it from a friend or the school.

Also, sometimes that white screen can stay on for a while. But if we're talking more than a few minutes then that's no good.
 

xsedrinam

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dopey220 said:
Ok, I got the disk out, but it still won't boot up. It just stays on the white screen.
If you don't have the disks, then which disk is it that you just got out? :confused:
 

dopey220

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It will, but I want to boot up Jaguar, which is already installed, but for which I don't have the discs.
 

Foxglove9

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dopey220 said:
It will, but I want to boot up Jaguar, which is already installed, but for which I don't have the discs.
Boot up with the Tiger disk holding down the C Key. Then once you are in the install screen, don't install it. Instead go to Disk Utility and perform a disk repair. And then a permissions repair. If that all checked out okay. Restart you machine and see what happens.

If the OS is corrupted and you don't have a Jaguar disc, there might not be much you can do.