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    Feb 15, 2011
    Question lost!
    im soo lost. i just got a power mac g4 from a friend and i cant get it to work it turns on and everything fires up but the only thing on screen is a file witha face in it and a ? and i dont know what to do

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    CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
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    Jul 24, 2008
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    Means the HDD is dead.

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    Feb 15, 2011
    so getting a new hard drive would fix it?

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    Feb 01, 2011
    North Jersey
    Mid 2010 27" iMac 2.8GHz i5, 4GB, 1TB HDD, 1GB Radeon HD 5750
    Yea it would fix it. You'll need an IDE Hard drive for that machine opposed to SATA. You'd have to install OS X again, but thats a good thing anyway. Depending on which G4 you have you can install up to Tiger or Leopard. Good luck!

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    Buzzard2010's Avatar
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    Oct 22, 2010
    Bretforton, Worcestershire
    MacBook Pro 15" 2014, 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OSX 10.9.5 - iPhone 5s 16gb
    Either the hard drive is dead or the friend you got it from formatted the HDD but never installed OSX back onto it.
    The flashing question mark folder means it cannot find an OS to boot to, although 95% of the time it's because the HDD is dead yeah.

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