Ok. This is the strangest thing I have ever seen in 13 years of using a Mac. I needed the internet config extension in order to run a program I just downloaded, and I had thrown it away for some reason. For some reason just installing the internet access part of the system folder didn't help, so I reinstalled my whole system (OS 9.0). I restarted my computer, and instead of the happy mac folder, I had a blinking question mark folder. The weird part is that in the upper left corner of the screen, I had text that said
Apple iMac Open Firmware 3.0.f2 built on 04/23/99 at 14:31:03
Copyright 1994-1999 Apple Computer, Inc.
All Rights reserved
There was a cursor after the command prompt where anything I typed went. I found that I could boot up with the iMac CD, and so I did a clean reinstall with system 8.5. This made the problem worse. Where before I got a blinking question mark and the apple firmware command prompt, now the blinking question mark was gone, and all I saw was a very light grey screen with the open firmware prompt. At this point I was in totally new territory, so I dragged my old Powercomputing clone out of the closet and got on the apple site. Any help would be appreciated.
Things I have tried:
Running the Mac Firmware 1.2 upgrade-
It says my firmware is already up to date and won't do an upgrade.
Typing mac-boot at the command prompt-
I read an old post where somone said this could help. When I do it all I get is "DEFAULT CATCH!, code=300 at %SRR0: ff8oc67c %SRR1: 0000b030 ok"
Zapping the PRAM-
This got the blinking question mark screen back, but it still won't load and I still get the firmware command prompt. NOTE: The happy mac OS folder does stay for a sec when I am starting up. It looks like it is trying to load somthing, but then it goes into firmware.
Running Disk first-aid-
It says my harddrive is fine