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Help pls. the problem with my ibook is: the desktop is not opening; instead the folder with question mark and smiling mac logo were blinking alternately

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You have a problem with the hard drive, either it is not working correctly or system software on it is missing or corrupted.

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Hi! when im opening my g4, instead of the normal apple logo when light up, the screen will light up and turned dark and light up again with a small folder with a question mark and the finder icon...


Hi, this seems to be a problem with your hard disk. You see, when your mac displays the folder with a small question mark, it means that it doesn't find the operating system. You're lucky to be able to get to your desktop, because usually that folder means you'd have to reinstall everything again.
First of all, I strongly recommend that you copy everything that's important for you (i.e. your documents, pictures, music, etc.) elsewhere, it can be an external USB drive, you can burn it into a CD, etc.
Now, as I don't know what version of Mac OS X are you running (I'm going to assume that 10.4), it seems that your problem is that your computer doesn't know where the main operating system is. We can try and fix that by going to the Apple menu > System Preferences, then select Startup Disk and in there, select the hard drive icon that says "Mac OS X 10.4 on Macintosh HD". Now select reboot and see if its resolved.
If that didn't help, you'll have to contact a technician so he can replace your mac's hard drive. Please be sure to have a copy of all your important documents somewhere else.
--Dennis

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When i turn on my ibook A1133 a folder flashes with the finder icon then a ? question mark and is unresponsive to the keyboard or trackpad


click start control panel administrive tools computer management device manager any yellow? ! question marks or red x will tell you that you need to reinstall the driver/s
to do this right click on the ? x ! select reinstall driver

hope this helps

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Problem with mac laptop doesnt start and showing a folder with a question mark when i opened it instead of apple logo


Your system folder is somehow faulty, you need to boot from a system disk and run the disk utility, get back to me for more info.

Oct 22, 2010 | Apple MacBook Mac Notebook

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I cant get my ibook g4 to run it turns on with blinking folder


Blinking ? mark folder means that your OS can't be found. Take out your RAM underneath the keyboard and re-insert and try again. Nothing? Install a different new RAM chip and try again. Nothing? Install your disc 1 install disc, power down, wait a few seconds, now press the power button to turn on, now press and hold the option button, until your disc 1 shows up, select it, and bring your pointer to the right arrow on the screen and press enter. Now your booting from the disc 1. Go to disc utility folder at the top of the screen and select your hard drive and then select repair disc permissions. Then shut down and reboot when finished. Nothing? Your hard drive is fu.k.d-Try re-installing the OS. Nothing? Your hard drive is really fu.k.d-You need a new hard drive. Installing a new hard drive in the iBook is a *****. You may want to pay someone to install a hard drive or you can just get a new laptop.

Mar 09, 2010 | Apple iBook G4 Mac Notebook

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Folder with blinking question mark in it after start-up


Folder with a blinking question mark means a missing system folder, in other words there isn't an OS installed. To fix this you need to boot from the OS X installer CD. With the OS X installer CD in the drive, hold down the C key on your keyboard when you start your mac. This tells the mac to boot from the optical drive (i.e. CD drive) and load the OS X installer. From there just follow the onscreen instructions to install OS X.
Also, you should be aware that the ibook is not compatible with Windows XP. Only the newer “intel macs” of the past few years are compatible with XP. Your mac predates Apple's transition to intel processors and Windows XP compatibility on the mac platform by a few years. This is why your Windows XP CD didn't load on it. The ibook is Mac OS X only.
It only runs on Mac OS X however it is compatible with newer versions of the OS. 10.2 jaguar is kind of old and a little buggy. You may want to consider installing 10.4 Tiger for improved stability and performance. Avoid the newest version (10.5 Leopard) as it is geared towards newer and faster machines.
Hope this helps. Enjoy your mac

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If Mac Office is installed, you can find your Mac Office by clicking on the hard drive, click on application folder then scroll down till you find it. Once you find it , open the folder , thenyou can drag Word,Excel,Entourage to your desktop and make an alias icon.

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