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Hi All, My wife's iBook (with 9.1 on it) cannot boot up, and instead we just get a blinking question mark. This can't be very good. I tried booting up with various discs and the furthest I got was a basic OS that had no preferences, no control panel options (except AppleTalk and StartUp Disc). Any ideas on how I can solve this without losing whatever was on her HardDrive? Thanks In Advance.... Mike...

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    Default Blinking Question Mark....can I recover HD??

    Hi All,

    My wife's iBook (with 9.1 on it) cannot boot up, and instead we just
    get a blinking question mark. This can't be very good.

    I tried booting up with various discs and the furthest I got was a
    basic OS that had no preferences, no control panel options (except
    AppleTalk and StartUp Disc).

    Any ideas on how I can solve this without losing whatever was on her
    HardDrive?

    Thanks In Advance....

    Mike
    Ixnay Guest

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    Ixnay <com> wrote:
     

    But you _could_ start it at least? If so, hurry and buy Disk Warrior. It
    comes with a bootable CD. You probably have corrupted directory
    information in your drive, and DW can repair it in 99.5 percent of all
    cases.

    Good luck, Christian.

    --
    Christian F. Buser, Hohle Gasse 6, CH-5507 Mellingen (Switzerland)
    Hilfe für Strassenkinder in Ghana: <http://www.chance-for-children.org>
    Christian Guest

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    Ixnay wrote: 


    This can be very serious or just a damaged System File.

    When you boot off a CD, can you at least see the hard drive icon/folder
    on the desktop, and if you open it, can you see all the folders within
    it? Or can you only see what's on the boot CD (what you describe
    above).

    If you can only see what's on the boot CD, follow the advice of the
    other poster and get Diskwarrior.

    If you can see everything on the HD, try booting off the OS CD and do a
    clean install. (I've even solved this with a dirty install, installing
    right over the old OS). Sometimes only the System File itself is
    corrupted, and as soon as it's replaced, all is OK. BUT I would still
    get DiskWarrior and run it after.

    - TNW

    [To e-mail me, remove 12345 from my address. I'm going away for a few
    days and may not respond until next week.]
    TNW7Z12345@aol.com Guest

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    com (Ixnay) wrote in message news:<google.com>... 

    This indicates that you iBook cannot find a value MacOS 9.1 to boot
    from.

    I'll add this to what the others have said.

    Maybe MacOS forgot what disk to boot from

    Check
    apple > control panels > startup disk

    See if you can select the harddrive

    Check on the Mac Harddrive in the System folder for the file System

    verify that this a little mac face in front of the folder. This is
    the so called 'blessed' file. This indicated that this copy of MacOS
    system files is the one to boot. If it doesn't have a face on the
    folder, try dragging into and out of the folder to get the face to
    appear.

    All this assume you can see the harddrive and the file.

    Robert
    Robert Guest

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