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I got a 5320, with system 7.5(.1?). I copyed some files (sound-files) to my system, and deleted ALOT of files, but none in the systemfolder. I tried to run "CopyDoubler", but it said that I needed "AutoDoubler" to run it. I tried to click on the "OK" button, but a new window with the same message appered. I forced-quit the system, with the result of the finderlogo in the upper-right courner had faded. When I restarted, a blinking disk with an ? appered. I tried to restart it with a installasjon CD (Installasjon for the CD-ROMdrive, with a system), but it said that it was not "fit" for this kind of Macintosh (It was a CD for an external CD-ROM for my LC II). I then tried with my system 7.5 installasjon disks... Same thing happened. I even tried with an OLD startupdisk, and with the disktools disk, but no... What can I do? Do I have to reformat my HD? HOW do I reformat my HD when I can`t startup my system? Why doesn`t the disks work?
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Moving sound files into the System file is the most effective way to damage the file called "System."

If you have an external drive and another computer you can assemble a MacOS on the external drive. Choose the Custom button of the MacOS Installer and select the Universal (works on any Macintosh) option. This will create an Operating System that will run on any Macintosh (big surprise).

Select the external drive as your startup volume and boot the machine you assembled the new MacOS on with the new MacOS. This will perform the final assembly of the MacOS. Select your internal drive as the startup volume, open up the New Systems's Preferences folder (on your external drive), trash all the prefs and shut down the machine. Disconnect the external and hook it to your 5320's SCSI port and boot the machine.

If your machine is stubborn and won't boot from the external, open it up and disconnect the power conncetor of the internal HD. Boot the machine and select the external as startup volume. Shut down the machine and reconnect the power to your internal drive and reboot.

Rename your internal drive's System Folder to "OLD System Folder." Drag copy your New System Folder to your internal drive. Open the OLD System folder and trash the file Called System. Open the New System Folder on the internal drive (to bless it). Select the internal drive as your startup volume and reboot.

Drag your third party System Folder items (Extensions, Control Panels, etc.) you your new System Folder. Move all the System resources (Extensions, Control Panels, etc.) that do not apply to your machine into a folder to hide it from the MacOS.

Piece of cake.

Although...you may just need a new battery. At the flashing question mark, give your Mac the 3 finger salute (press keys Control+Command+Power simultaneously). If the machine boots, check the date. If the year is 1904 or 1956, replace the battery.

-good luck
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The problem is that I can`t start my computer. I do not even get the question of installing anything... I was told to try System 8.1, which is a multi system (or something).Then another problem occured. I only have 24meg. of ram, and with OS8 i need much more (not to run it, but to run heavy applications such as Diablo). I then purchased two 32meg. of ram. My next question is... Will applications run faster now that I got Mac OS8, and the ram to run it and the application? Another thing that I notised before my system decided to take a hike, was that 300 meg. of my harddrive had dissapered. Is my harddrive corrupt...? What the h*ll is happening with my computer?
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