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    Only Grey screen and ?
    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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    ...which is also a Sticky Thread at the top of the forum.... http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/app...-start-up.html
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    Thanks !
    Yes, thatīs it : the flashing question mark.

    Thanks for steering me to the right thread !

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    Reselect StartUp Disk in Preferences ?
    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.
    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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