Question mark on startup

Discussion in 'macOS' started by hkriffraff, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. hkriffraff macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2003
    Some time ago, I used boot camp to try to install XP, but couldn't get the windows installation to work. I gave up and deleted the second partition. But ever since then, I notice that a question mark briefly flashes over a folder before the apple logo appears at startup. What does this mean and how do I resolve it?
  2. Lixivial macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2005
    Between cats, dogs and wanderlust.
    Guesstimate here, but I'll post because it seems reasonable. It could still be looking for the Windows partition, not finding it jumping straight to the OS X partition. Try resetting your Startup Disk in System Preferences -> Startup Disk (click Mac OS X even if it is already selected).

    Then do a restart and see if it fixes it. If not then, well, feel free to slap me around a bit with a solidified jellyfish.
  3. beatsme macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2005
    it means the system can't find the startup disk. It's not an issue so long as it eventually finds it.

    but do what lixivial says and that ought to take care of it.

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