Mac Flashing Folder/Question Mark Startup

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lumpysolo, May 26, 2012.

  1. lumpysolo macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2012
    I've had this problem for possibly 4 months now and it is super annoying! It all started in the middle of Febuary. I started up my mac and up came the flashing folder. So I unplugged my mac and everything worked fine. Maybe a month later the real issue began. I started up the mac and the same thing happened. I unplugged my imac then plugged it back in and started it up. Same thing. I waited maybe 15 minutes and tried again. Then 30 minutes. Eventually it worked. Almost every time I start up my imac it gives me the folder/question mark, and I sigh to myself, because I know I have to wait like 30 minutes for it to work again. I called apple and they said it was something to do with a corrupt file, but there are none. I even had someone come over and check. This problem is really frusturating!

    Here is my info:
    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac8,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: IM81.00C1.B00
    SMC Version (system): 1.29f1
    Serial Number (system): -cut-
    Hardware UUID: -cut-

    System Version: Mac OS X 10.5.8 (9L31a)
    Kernel Version: Darwin 9.8.0
    Boot Volume: Macintosh HD
    Boot Mode: Normal
    Computer Name: -cut-
    User Name: -cut-
    Time since boot: 10 minutes

    It's a 10.5.8 Leopard too.

    I really want help!

    I also do not have the installation disk, so don't suggest anything about that.

    Also my mac sometimes freezes when it wakes from sleep or screensaver. That's when i get pissed cause I know I have to wait 30 minutes again and I LOSE ALL MY FRICKEN WORK!!! GAAHH!
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Mac OS X: Gray screen appears during startup
    You can order replacement discs for your model by calling Apple (800-767-2775 in the US).
  3. lumpysolo thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2012
    I have read all that support stuff and nothing worked. Also i can't order one.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Why not?
  5. lumpysolo thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2012
    I don't wish to reveal anymore information than needed
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Well, if you have a legitimate (non-pirated) copy of Mac OS X on your computer, you have every right to request replacement discs from Apple. If that's the reason, you can buy a retail copy of Snow Leopard for only $29 to get legit, and to resolve your problems.
  7. g4 powerbookboy macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2010
    I lost my 10.5 leopard disk, had to install a new hard drive in my g4 powerbook aluminum, took it in to the apple store near me and they installed leopard for me in the store at no charge, actually not once but again the next day since there was a power failure the same night they installed it when i was doing updates and corrupted the disk. maybe take it into the apple store?

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