Solved

blinking ?

Posted on 1998-08-21
1
458 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-13
I no longer have the system startup disk for my Mac LC. Is this still available? I get the blinking ? at startup and would like to erase the hard drive and install a new system folder.
0
Comment
Question by:Kenbock
1 Comment
 
LVL 6

Accepted Solution

by:
TheHub earned 50 total points
Comment Utility
The HD may not be spinning (a condition known as sticktion), or your system folder is invalid (System, Finder and Enabler if any are not in the same folder or one or more of these files are damaged), or the driver on the HD is invalid, or your HD is toast. All these cause the flashing ?

If you have sticktion, you can tap (sometimes a really good smash is required) the HD during the startup sequence, or shake it like a V-8 juice, to get it to spin and mount. After that, leave your computer on. It will stick more and more as time goes on.

If you have an invalid system folder, replace the damaged files or re-install the OS.

If you have a bad driver, you may be able to update the driver, but in most cases, a re-format is required. Since that is what you want to do anyway, reboot from an external HD, Zip, CD, etc, and run the format utility.

-good luck
0

Featured Post

6 Surprising Benefits of Threat Intelligence

All sorts of threat intelligence is available on the web. Intelligence you can learn from, and use to anticipate and prepare for future attacks.

Join & Write a Comment

There is a security feature on iOS devices that is nearly impenetrable when it has been activated.  This article will provide some possible solutions as well as necessary steps to take to ensure you do not end up with a locked device.
iCloud Drive was introduced after iOS 8 was launched last year. This drive is Apple’s online storage device that lets users sync their files and access them from all their Apple devices.   There is a lot of data that is not automatically backed up…
Get a first impression of how PRTG looks and learn how it works.   This video is a short introduction to PRTG, as an initial overview or as a quick start for new PRTG users.
Polish reports in Access so they look terrific. Take yourself to another level. Equations, Back Color, Alternate Back Color. Write easy VBA Code. Tighten space to use less pages. Launch report from a menu, considering criteria only when it is filled…

744 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

15 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now