Mac OS 8 Startup Error

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Michael4824, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. Michael4824 macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2008
    I know, I know... old computer and OS, not expecting overwhelming support here.

    Anyways, I have always wanted an apple computer. Well, recently I found out my sisters company was getting rid of a few old computers, and I found one there. Well, I bought it for 2 dollars, and brought it home. I hooked it up, and hit the power button. After 15 or so seconds though, on a gray background, I see a folder with the Mac OS logo on it. It quickly blinks to the same folder, except with a question mark.

    I found out I am able to open OpenFirmware. However, I do not have any disk. Is there anything I can do, to at least find out what specifically is the problem, and possibly fix it? Thanks!
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    It sounds like there is no OS installed. You'll need to get an install CD.
  3. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says...yes, either no OS installed or what is installed is not bootable for some'll need to get some kind of install disk and go from there...should be pretty cheap I'd guess....oh yeah!
  4. Michael4824 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Okay, thanks! I thought there would have been part of the OS because of the Mac icon that appeared. I know when you wipe Windows off of a Windows Computer, all you get is a simple text error message, which defiantly isn't from Microsoft.

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