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Blinking question mark at startup

When I start the computer, a blinking question mark and the a blinking finder face shows up. The screen in grayish blue and nothing happens

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  • Sarah Ross Jan 11, 2009

    I have a macbook 13". I was installing Dreamweaver when at the end of the installation the computer froze. Waited a long time, then had to force shutdown, nothing would respond. Now, everytime I turn it on, all I get is a gray folder with the question mark blinking. Nothing else happens... Help please!

  • Sarah Ross May 11, 2010

    I wish it was that simple... I lost my install discs in my move. What other options are available?

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It's saying it cannot find the OS. You must have done something to it?  Put your disks in and it will start from them. You can also use it to fix the problem. Do a install and archive.

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Sidebar gone, how do i get it back


Not sure if your problem is in Microsoft or in Apple so here are the steps for both systems:
Microsoft To fix this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click All Programs.
  2. Click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as administrator.
    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. At the command prompt, type the following commands. Press ENTER after each command.Regsvr32 atl.dll
    Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\sbdrop.dll
    Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\wlsrvc.dll
    exit
  4. Restart the computer.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/963010

Apple Couple of different approaches could potentially work:

Usually you will just click on the jellybean to get it back. Watch the Youtube video to see how easy this is. If this does not work, try one of the steps below.

1. Close all finder windows so when you click the finder icon it opens a new finder window, one with no sidebar. Then go View>Show Toolbar
Then once the toolbar is enabled, the view/hide sidebar toggle becomes activated in that same menu.

2. Close all finder windows so when you click the finder icon it opens a new finder window, one with no sidebar. Then go View>Show Toolbar
Then once the toolbar is enabled, the view/hide sidebar toggle becomes activated in that same menu.

3. Does it show only "FAVORITES" on the sidebar? Move your mouse a little to the right of it, until it says "Show" and press it.

4. If the sidebar is open and items are just missing, then moving the mouse just slightly to the right of the text will reveal a "Show" link.
However, if the sidebar is missing completely from the finder window, simply key option/command/s at the same time to reveal the sidebar. You can also simply hover over View > Show/Hide Sidebar.

5. Click on FINDER, then Preferences. Click on General tab near the top. Half way down "New Finder windows show" (Drop down menu) Click on it.
Choose your scenario. Should work after that.

6. It is possible somehow the Sidebar became hidden by pulling the center bar that separates the Sidebar from the right side viewing pane to the LEFT.
Make sure your Finder/View has Show Sidebar; then try placing your mouse to the far left and see if you get an "i" bar so you can drag it to the right which will make the Sidebar viewable again.

How do restore missing Finder sidebar Missing Finder toolbar and sidebar

Nov 03, 2015 | Operating Systems

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Using Recovery CD's to Start Over! ***WARNING: ALL FILES WILL BE LOST WHEN...


Using Recovery CD's to Start Over!

***WARNING: ALL FILES WILL BE LOST WHEN PERFORMING THIS!!! PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL FILES ARE BACKED UP!!!***


1. If you have all of the Recovery Disks (Operating System Disk, Software Disk, Driver Disk) shipped with the system, you need to first put the Operating System Recovery disk in the CD or DVD ROM (the one that says the Windows Operating System on it).

2. Start the computer and you should see "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD...

NOTE:
If the Install Windows page does not appear and you are not asked to press a key to start (or "boot") from CD or DVD, you might have to specify that your computer use its CD or DVD drive as the startup device. This means that you need to set the CD or DVD drive to be the first startup device in the basic input/output system (BIOS). Occasionally, as with HP Pavilion laptops, you can press F9 or some other Function key to designate a temporary boot device. This key may different between systems.
Newer computers usually display a startup (or boot) menu. On the startup menu, select "BIOS setup," or "BIOS settings," or something similar.

Warning

Updating the BIOS is an advanced procedure, and if an error occurs, your computer could stop working. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions exactly.

Note
Procedures for updating the BIOS vary depending on the manufacturer. Check the information that came with your computer or go to the computer manufacturer's website. Each computer has its own startup (or boot) options and access to the BIOS setup. If your computer does not have a startup menu, look for a message that says "BIOS setup," "BIOS settings," or something similar, and then press the appropriate key when prompted to display the BIOS setup screen.
The BIOS setup screen appears. On the BIOS setup screen, select the option called "Boot order," or something similar. Select your CD or DVD drive as the first startup device. Press F10 to save and exit BIOS
Restart your computer, and then start Windows from the installation CD or DVD as previously described.

3. Depending on the type of Operating System you have, the next steps will be different. For Windows XP, a blue screen will come up and drivers will be loading to begin the installation process. For Windows Vista and Windows 7, when the Install Windows screen comes up follow all the prompts as per your needs. The installation, especially for Windows 7, is very straight forward.

4. A screen should come up now preparing the Windows Installation. Simply follow the prompts, making sure to wipe the previous windows installation completely before continuing with the current install.

5. When the installation is complete you should verify that all the drivers were loaded completely. For Windows XP go to Start>>Control Panel>>System>>Device Manager and make sure no yellow circles with exclamation marks are showing. For Windows Vista and 7 go to the Start menu (6c22571.gif )>>Control Panel>>Device Manager.

6. If so, you will have to go to your manufacturer website to download the missing drivers. Go to the support section and put in your express service code or model number, or use the auto-detect feature if it is available and it will tell you what you have available to download.
When in doubt: download and install everything. The worst that can happen is it will say it isn't compatible or already exists and won't install. Also ensure you run ALL windows updates, even optional ones. The only exception to this is with Windows 7 updates. A whole bunch of language packs are available which do not have to be installed, unless you need them! There should be approximately 34 of these language packs.

Hope this helps. I will include more specific information as I come across it.

Good Luck and as always, if you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself please consult a professional.

NOLA Tech

on Jan 30, 2010 | Operating Systems

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Windows startup does not complete.


Hi.
If The BIOS is showing initial splash screen, and completing POST test correctly, but Windows Startup does not complete, and you are in one of the following situations:

  • You get a black screen with a cursor blinking.
  • You get a black screen with test or command prompt.
  • You have a blue screen with a warning message.
  • Windows keep restarting.
  • Windows is freezing.


Any of the condition described must occur before getting to login screen or to Windows desktop, or the problem is other than the one described here.

If you get a message saying Operative system not found you may also be in same situation. Only in that case the disk may also be physically damaged, and you may have lost your data, or disk may need replacement.


The conditions above usually tell us that the Windows system files needed for Startup are corrupted.
Windows cannot load the files anymore and will hang on with the cursor blinking.
When this happens you need to reinstall the operative system.

To start you can try loading the system in safe mode, by pressing F8 on Startup.

If the computer is starting in safe mode, try doing a system restore to a recent date before the problem started. This will be faster than installing a fresh system, and most of your settings will be preserved.

You may find out that when the system does not load, most computer will not even start in safe mode.

Check also that there is no CD, DVD or floppy inside the computer, also disconnect any connected USB device, apart mouse and keyboard, and attempt starting the computer again.

If all that does not work, then you will need to reinstall Windows.

Installing Windows is not a complicate operation, all you need is the computer recovery disk, or a Windows install disk valid for the licence number printed on the Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity sticker.

If you use a recovery disk, remember to choose partial recovery, so that the original data contained in the hard disk won't be deleted.

Using Windows generic disk you will need to choose Update Recovery if asked, install the system on top of the same directory (eg: C:Windows), and you will also need to choose Leave System File Intact, when asked by Windows setup.
Using a Windows generic disk you may also need to install additional drivers, that usually are available for download from the manufacturer website.
Even choosing a partial recovery , or an update install, some of the installed software may be affected, and may need a fresh setup.
Another way to proceed is installing a copy of windows into a different folder (eg. C:/Windows000), and choosing to leave system file untouched.
This will reinstall system files hosted in root folder, and sometimes may bring back to life the old system.
In that case you will be asked what system to start from Windows boot manager on Startup, your old system will be the second one.

Using this method is better to remove the new installation Startup from boot manager after installing and testing that the old system is back at work. This is done editing the system hidden file Startup.Ini, hosted in root folder. The file is a text file.

If you have important data inside the hard disk, it is always advisable to copy all data onto an external media. Even if the procedures described normally do not delete your data, when doing maintenance on a computer there is always the chance to loose data.
If the computer is not starting because of a system problem, the data can only be recovered using a boot disk, or physically removing the hard disk drive from computer, and connecting it to a different computer (an external enclosure may help).


This same instructions broadly apply to all recent Windows operative system, Windows seven setup is slightly different from the procedure described here.

on Dec 11, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with...

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I have Vista for Business on a computer. Suddenly the log on picture shows on the screen, but the computer says the user information is unavailable and won't let me log in!


This sounds like a failed update. Restart the computer and hit either F2 or F8 or possibly Tab or Delete once the splash screen comes up. This should give you a windows startup option for safe mode. Click Safe Mode with Networking and let the computer startup. This will bypass all current startup items and possible problematic services. Login and start up Task Manager. View startup items and look to see if anything is starting up that says "Windows Update" or if anything else stands out that shouldn't be there. Names that are random garbled letters, etc. Disable these for normal startup. Now click on control panel under start menu and go to windows update and see if any updates failed to install. If they did, disable install automatically in windows update.

After this go to "run" and type in msconfig. Click normal startup, hit apply, when the message that says "restart computer" pops up click yes and let it restart the computer normally.

Sep 09, 2014 | Microsoft Windows Vista Business Edition...

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My comp says i need to turn off safe mode its preventing certain things from loading


Hi, open your computer in safe mode and uninstall some newly install software. Otherwise--

  • Turn on CPU.
  • CPU will be start booting. Red/yellow light will be blinking. If yes then check your monitor light will be fixing and Show *********** Board.
  • If shows and your OS will be Booting and fail to start.
  • If yes you can repair it.
  • Insert OS disk into the DVD driver.
  • Turn off PC.
  • Turn on
  • "Press any key........" when comes this message you press any key.
  • After that you can see two option


?? Fresh copy Installation OR

?? Repair Option


  • For Repair Press "R"
  • It will be start repairing


Thanks.

May 17, 2011 | Operating Systems

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NTLDR is missing is displayed when i turn on the computer


The "NTLDR is missing", error displays very shortly after the computer is first started; after the Power On Self Test (POST) is complete. Windows XP might only initially load when the NTLDR error message appears. Causes of this error message include corrupt and misconfigured files, hard drive and operating system upgrade issues, corrupt hard drive sectors, an outdated BIOS, and damaged or loose IDE cables.
Get more help and information for Windows XP hope this helps you.

Mar 01, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Mac OS 9.2.1 on a G4. won't start up-just get a blinking question mark. any suggestions?


sounds like your system is corrupted. Put you install disc in and boot up holding the c key down on your keyboard. Once it has booted up go to your hard drive and open up the system folder and then move the system file and the finder file into the trash. Go back to your install menu and click install make sure you do not do a clean install as you will wipe all your data. Preserve your users. Once it is installed it will put a new system and finder file on your machine. You may need to probably need to set up various items as they will have returned to default. Hope this helps.

May 17, 2010 | Apple Mac OS 9.2.1

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When I turn on my computer I get a grey screen for a few minutes until a blinking folder with a question mark in it appears. Often, my computer shuts off after the question mark folder disappears. I have...


The blinking question mark means that you macintosh can't find a bootable disk. It has nothing to do with the VGA connection. More than likely, your directory structure on the disk is bad. An excellent product to fix this is Disk Warrior. It has saved more hard drives for me than I care to think about. Worth every penny.
As far as booting up from a disk, just put in the CD and hold down the C key until you see the spinning icon.
You could also try these to things if you don't want to purchase disk warrior, but I don't think they will work. Hold down the shift key while you boot until you see the apple logo. The shift key is to boot it in safeboot mode. Or, you could also reset the pram:
  1. Shut down the computer.
  2. Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command, Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down simultaneously in step 4.
  3. Turn on the computer.
  4. Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys. You must press this key combination before the gray screen appears.
  5. Hold the keys down until the computer restarts and you hear the startup sound for the second time.
  6. Release the keys.

Jul 04, 2009 | Apple Mac OS X 10.4

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Finder relaunch itself like every minute


A finder crash -- periodic blink of the desktop and then a rebuild of the icons and maybe an open window comes back up -- is often due to incompatible add-ons... programs that used to work with an older version of the system or finder, but now don't.  We've seen this happen with the likes of 'magicmenu', stuffit avr, and other apps.  You can test this by going into your system preferences to the login items and removing all login items,, then reboot your computer.  Does the periodic flash of the desktop (or Finder windows) stop?  Then something you deactivated was conflicting with the Finder.
And you can't rule out a corrupt Finder preference file (look for com.apple.finder.plist, toss it, and reboot).
paul - afterhoursconsulting.org

Jan 26, 2009 | Apple Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger for Mac

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Facing windows XP problem


Try running Windows in safe mode by turning the computer and holding down on the F8 button while the computer is booting.

Instead of the Windows XP screen you will get a menu displayed. Select the safe mode option and press enter.

If Windows doesn't complete startup in safe mode, you will have to reinstall Windows.

What anti virus program are you using?

Jun 10, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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