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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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