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    Exclamation help with my mac... it broke... i think
    Ok i was resently given an old G4 mac. It has panther and was working great. Then i went to go turn it on and all what was on the screen was a floppy disk picture with a question mark. What does that mean? What can i do to fix this? thanks

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    If you have the Panther install CD joshua pop that one and restart holding down 'C'. Then go to utilities and select Disk Utility and run Repair Disk and see if that reslves your problem. If not an erase and install is on the cards.

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    i dont have the cd's :-( the last owners lost them

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    Sorry you do have troubles. Suggest beg, borrow or buy a set.

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    hmm i just wish someone i knew had panther, thanks for the help... hmmm

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    oh no. you should always make sure you get the discs when you buy a comp. i'm sure you can check ebay for a panther disc and find one fairly cheap. the only other thing i can suggest is hold alt when you start up your comp and see if the boot drive is there.

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    k ill try, yeah well i was given this computer

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    and also my disk drive doesnt open so i wouldnt be able to use the cd's. didnt work btw

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    The blinking question mark indicates the the computer cannot find the system files it needs to boot. See this site for more info about that. You might try running fsck as well (info also at that site) to see if that can fix the problem.

    If you can find/get/buy a copy of Panther, it might be worth it, since the computer was free. If you get a copy, do a complete erase and install.
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