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error message when turning on my apple computer

Posted on 2012-03-12
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I have a Apple I Book M6497 that I bought without an operating system, I also bought a operating system disc that I want to install but the only thing that happens when I start the computer all I get on the screen is a question mark ? and a face flashing in a small folder> I would like to know what I need to do to get the computer up and running.
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You have to hold down the C key to boot from the OS disk.

Alternatively, hold down the option (alt) key while booting to bring up the boot picker.
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by:JonyHolt
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The question mark is the Mac telling you it cannot find the Operating System when booting up. When you put in your disc and turn on the machine (After you hear the chyme but before the ? folder) hold down the option (alt) key. From there you can choose your Operating System Disc.
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by:robertcerny
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If you iBook ejects DVD with system installation then it's not proper version for your version of computer.
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by:rogeroren
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For an IBook, it may be a powerpc processor, so you are limited to Leopard, Tiger, Panther. I have Tiger on my iBook G4, just upgraded from Panther. EBay has sellers with iBook compatable OS disks.
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