ibook g4 (? & :-) )

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Bono2Beagle, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. Bono2Beagle macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2008
    Help! So when I start up my ibook. Before it goes to the home screen i get a file folder with a flashing question mark that turns into a smiling face. It only lasts a few seconds and then everything runs normally. Should I be concerned? Can I make this go away?
  2. evanXXbuddenboh macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2008
    i dont think so

    i dont think you should really be concerned. but all i know about the question mark/ folder is that it is a kernel panic. thats all i know about it, but if it is something that is continuous i would contact technical support or i would take it to a genius bar
  3. misterredman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
    It's not a kernel panic.
    It's just the mac looking for the system on your hard drive. Once he find it the question mark turn to the smiling face. You should be concerned if the question mark would not disappear, but then your ibook would not boot at all.

    Go into System Preferences, and choose Startup Disk. Choose the folder that says Mac OS X. Then click Restart. Does it do it again?

    As suggested by Apple here:
  4. Alan Taylor macrumors 6502

    Alan Taylor

    May 14, 2006
    As stated above, it's just looking for your start-up disc.
  5. H&Kie macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2004
    For some reason, my iMac G5 did this too, sometimes. But it always booted like it should and I never ever had any problems after booting.
    My brother owns this iMac now and it still doesn't show any issues.

    So if this is the only thing that happens (and your disk doesn't start making weird/clicking noises or anything like that) I wouldn't be too concerned if I were you

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