Only a question mark on the screen ?

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  1. jamesamsterdam macrumors newbie

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    Hey every one,

    When I turn on my note book all that apears on the screen is a question mark ?
    does any one know what it means

    thanks
    James
     
  2. JNB macrumors 604

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    It can't find a startup volume. Is this a new problem? If you have the CD's that came with it (or a Leopard/Tiger retail DVD), boot from that and run Disk Utility to verify & repair the HDD.
     
  3. jamesamsterdam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Only a question mark on the screen ? Reply to Thread

    thanks for the reply. its the first time its done it and its a Tiger. Can I download the stuff I need? if so where?
     
  4. JNB macrumors 604

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    It's all on your Install (or Retail) CD's.
     
  5. jamesamsterdam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have no cd's any more, they where lost when I moved, Can I download these cd's from somewhere?
    Thanks james
     
  6. JNB macrumors 604

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    Unless you have another Mac you could start this one in Target Disk Mode to, you'll need to obtain a retail copy. Currently the only OS that Apple offers via retail channels is Leopard; you may be able to locate a retail copy of Tiger through other sources (like eBay). Avoid purchasing "Install" or Restore" versions, they are machine type-specific.

    Apple OS's are not available as downloads (not anywhere legally, anyway), and you'll need a functioning OS to boot this machine to, to determine the nature of the disk problem. Either via Tiger/Leopard CD/DVD or another Mac: those are the available choices.

    It is possible--though very unlikely--the HDD in the laptop is disconnected. The iFixit guides are a good source for removal & replacement of drives. If you can hear or feel the drive spinning up when you power on the laptop, then that eliminates a disconnected drive.
     

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