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I was viewing a legit online site when I got
"the beachball of death", which wouldnīt go away.
Everything froze so I tried to shut my MacBook 10.4.11
off. The screen went black instantly without the usual message
asking if I want to restart or shutdown.

Now when I push the start button, the screen just goes
instantly grey. Nothing comes up except sometimes a question
mark.

Usually my toolbar and desktop pic icons come up
but now thereīs just grey with nothing appearing that would
let me do something.

I tried disconnecting the current and battery for a few hours but
it didnīt help.

I would be most grateful for suggestions.
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A flashing question mark appears when you start your Mac

I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.
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...which is also a Sticky Thread at the top of the forum.... Flashing Question Mark on start up

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Yes, thatīs it : the flashing question mark.

Thanks for steering me to the right thread !
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On one forum it said I probably need to "reselect the Start Up
disk in preferences."

Can some one tell me how to do this please, as my
screen remains grey with only a question mark ?

One friend said
I need to hold the option key down while turning the
computer on, until the Hard Drive icon appears. I tried
this but no icon or anything except a screech occurred.

I appreciate any ideas as from here in Mexico it is a bit
difficult to get info.
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Follow the two links provided in the above posts. The answer has not changed.

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