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    Question iMac G3 OS 9.2 start-up issues
    Hi all,

    While at the dump today, I found a nice tangerine orange 1999 iMac G3, which runs OS 9.2. It was working nicely until about ten minutes ago, when it developed a problem: When I boot it up, it goes to a grey screen, with a folder symbol in the centre. Within this, it alternates between the Mac "smiling face" logo, and a question mark.

    Does anyone know what the cause of this is, and how to fix it? I'm no good with computers - CRT televisions being my specialty. Computers are a whole new world - and frustration.

    Cheers,

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronayne View Post
    When I boot it up, it goes to a grey screen, with a folder symbol in the centre. Within this, it alternates between the Mac "smiling face" logo, and a question mark.
    One of three things:

    1. No OS installed on the hard drive.
    2. The hard drive has just crashed/failed.
    3. A cable may have come loose.

    Also give this a read:

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-...-overview.html

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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