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  1. filburt1

    filburt1 Peasant

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    Problem: Blinking icon on startup alternating between a ? and the Finder icon
    Did this:
    1. In Open Firmware typed "reset-all"
    2. Wiped PRAM using hotkey combo

    No effect. Help! :(
     
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    That sounds like it can't find an OS. At least that's what my Mac did whenever I removed the OS and booted w/o CD.
     
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    BTW I was able to finally get it to boot off the CD (it's still booting though so don't know). The first time I held down C it went into Open Firmware!

    BAD! OF just loaded even as I was loading from the CD and said "DEFAULT CATCH!, code300 at %SRR0"

    :barf:
     
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    Successfully booted from Apple HW Test CD, running tests...
     
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    Quick Test: all passed, running Extended Test
     
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    All extended tests passed :confused:
     
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    Booting from OS9 CD so far so good, extensions loading...
     
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    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    ya, that means it can't find an OS to boot to. i forget what the hardware test CD does. is there a test that tests the hard drive mechanism and tests the OS on the drive? is it seeing the drive?

    if you hold down "option" on startup it will bring up a boot device screen that allows you to select a boot device. if the hard drive doesn't show up in that screen then the drive is dead or there isn't a valid OS on the drive (corrupted maybe?).

    you could always run the install or restore disks. i don't know if that erases your data or not though... i have never ran an OS X install or restore disk on top of a drive with data on it.
     
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    *girly scream* It wants me to initialize the HDD when I boot off the 9 CD! :eek:
     
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    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    yeah, apple jewed the boot cds on newer macs that come with OS X as the default OS. when you boot to the OS 9 CD it doesn't load a regular finder, it just gives you the option to restore, initialize, whatever. if you can get your hands on a 9.1 or 9.0.x CD you can boot to that and load the regular finder. once in the finder you can run drive setup, update disk drivers, ping drives, all that good stuff.

    //edit: but sometimes the computer won't boot to a CD that has an older version of the Mac OS than what the computer originally came with.
     
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    filburt1 Peasant

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    Nope, this is the only Mac I own (and even have convenient access to) so that's not an option. :(

    /me tries booting off the OS X CD again

    I do believe the HDD is screwx0red though.
     
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    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    also, norton utilities owns. i you buy norton you can boot to that CD and run disk doctor. if the problem can be fixed, norton will fix it, if not you can try tech tool pro or apple's MacTest CDs (only available to service centers, you would have to check it into a service center)... but in my experience if norton can't fix it then nothing can.
     
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    Booting off OS X CD so far so good, I get the lollipop/whatever in the top left corner.
     
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    OS X CD Boot success
     
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    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    beachball! :p
     
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    Couldn't find out where (if at all) to change the Startup Disk in the OS X boot CD, so just reinstalling OS X.
     
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    i would imagine if it's going to erase your data it would warn you before doing so and give you the option to stop the install. so you should be ok.

    ...:eek:
     
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    I was careful to make sure the "Erase Destination and Format As" box was unchecked. :p
     
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    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    oh yeah, that's the option :D
     
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    So far it looks like the OS X reinstall fixed things :)
     

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