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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.
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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
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