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I have a MacIIFX with a 500MB/HD. Some time ago my son was on the computer playing a game and the computer quit working.  Now when its starts up a question mark appears.
No disk will stay in the floppy at start-up because the computer kicks it out.  I disconnected the HD and nothing will stay in the floppy disk.  I disconnected the floppy and nothing comes up from the Hard Drive.  It seems to me that the HD might not be spinning at start-up. What do I need, a new HD or a new floppy? Help!!
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The flashing question mark is the Mac's way of saying it cannot find a valid volume with system software; what floppy disks have you tried booting from? I would recommend an Apple-Labeled Disk Tools disk, with system 7.1, or 7.5 on it; what other peripherals (scanner, ZIP, etc) do you have connected? Try disconnecting any external SCSI peripherals to see if they are interfering with your internal HD.

Is this the original HD that came with the IIfx? If so, or if the hard drive is more than 5 years old, buy a new hard drive.

The floppy should be fine; the Mac will spit it out if it does not find valid system software on it.

One more long shot, try zapping the PRAM... turn on the computer while holding down the SHIFT, COMMAND, P and R keys down (all four at the same time) your mac should look like its booting, then reboot, re-chime every 30-45 seconds until you release the keys; let it chime 4 or 5 times then release and see if your Mac behaves.
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I need more sugestions because I have tried to boot up from a floppy disk with 7.1 disk tools. The computer kicked it out. There are no other peripherals attached to the computer other than the monitor.

If I need a new HD where would be the best place to get one? This is a old computer and I don't want to put to much money into it.
Is there a web site that I can go to and order a hard drive and it want cost me a arm and a leg.

Thanks
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When you say no peripherals attached, do you also have the mouse disconnected? ISTR some mac mice thinking the button was stuck (holding down the button at startup tells it to eject the disk whether it is bootable or not) and causing similar problems.
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