when I restart my computer a square box with a picture of the world blinks on and off

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by noctearbi, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. noctearbi macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2010
    I am new to MAC computers and not sure how to fix problem. I have a MAC OS X 10.5.8 PowerBook G4. Computer freezes up and force quit does not work, so I have to restart comp. at start up a box with a picture of the world blinks off and on, then a small file or folder icon appears with a face then a question mark blinking back and forth, then screen turns blue after awhile my desktop shows up. I have a Mac OS X book but cannot find sufficient information to figure out what to do. Any help anyone can give would be greatly appreciated.
  2. wywern209 macrumors 65832


    Sep 7, 2008
    do you rly want to know?
    i think your hard drive may be dead. or your boot partition is screwed up. Can anyone else chime in on this?
  3. SparkyCanada macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2008
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Your Mac is set to boot from the network, instead of your internal HD. To fix this, go to System Preferences and select your internal HD as the boot drive.
  5. noctearbi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2010
    The advice you gave me worked

    Thank you for helping me, I did what you said and now my comp. starts up like normal.

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