Strange boot up situation... Mouse gets Startup Disk working?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by requieminadream, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. requieminadream macrumors member

    requieminadream

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    Takoma Park, MD
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    We have three Power Mac G4's here at our office which have been salvaged for parts in other machines for some time now. We decided to piece together a G4 to play a video in our lobby during office hours. One that would shut down and boot up at required times and automatically play the video file.

    I got the pieces working in a G4, and I then formatted and did a clean install of Tiger on a spare working HD we had laying around. After the installation, I ran Software Update and got every last update installed and ready to go. The video plays fine, etc.

    Now the weird part:

    Every time I shut down, when I boot back up, I get an blinking OS9-style blue folder-? in the middle of the screen.

    After trying a few times, I decided to attempt to re-install Tiger. I obviously couldn't eject the DVD drive without being in the OS, so I did what any Apple guy would do, and held down the mouse while booting to force the drive to eject.

    Then I got the good ole' gray and white Tiger boot up screen. Tiger loaded quickly and everything was just fine.

    I doubled checked the Startup Disk settings, and everything was fine there.

    I checked the time/date and made sure it wasn't the Logic Board battery failing to hold data, however the time/date were correct.

    Here is a video of the situation to drive home the point:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dNEBtSIR1Q

    What... oh what... is going on?
     
  2. requieminadream thread starter macrumors member

    requieminadream

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    Takoma Park, MD
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    Discovered the solution!

    The optical drives opening and helping boot the machine had me thinking about the BIOS and boot orders. I moved the IDE cable from one ATA slot to another, and bam, now it starts up just fine!

    Hooray for progress!
     

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