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help real quick! macos face folder blinking question mark on startup
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Jun 23, 2002, 01:31 AM
 
when we turn the imac on, big blank screen with purple folder shows up. on the folder, is the macos face icon and question mark, blinking back and forth. what is this? what do we do to stop it? help help help.

lime imac, mac os 9.
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Jun 23, 2002, 01:48 AM
 
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Geneva, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="1" face="Geneva, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif">Originally posted by rickyirvine:
<strong>when we turn the imac on, big blank screen with purple folder shows up. on the folder, is the macos face icon and question mark, blinking back and forth. what is this? what do we do to stop it? help help help.

lime imac, mac os 9.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Geneva, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif">it can't find a valid system folder

boot up off a CD, check the system folder, install a fresh one if necessary...
     
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Jun 23, 2002, 02:30 AM
 
How long did you wait? You might try letting it have some time to try and find a System Folder. Also, sometimes shutting it down and leaving it alone for a few hours then trying again will do the trick.

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Jun 24, 2002, 03:39 AM
 
start up fromm a system CD, choose your hard disk as startup disk. try reboot. reinstall system if that doesn't work.

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Jun 28, 2002, 05:36 AM
 
You could also try to press alt-key when starting up. That should list all valid system folders.

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