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Flashing folder icon at startup

I inherited this problem mac from my son. Black 13" macbook duo 2.0. He attempted to change the hard drive and cut the ribbon cable for the trackpad. So I replaced the top cover. It will boot now with the power button but doesn't get past a flashing question mark folder icon.
I attempted to install os x 10.4 from a dvd, but cannot seem to get it to recognize anything in the opt. drive.
I have restarted using the c key to recognize the optic drive , but it doesn't work (checked the cable and it's plugged into the mb. I've tried the opt key, and get a cursor, but nothing else. I have zapped the pram, and pulled the HD and reset it in place, but all i get is the flashing question mark folder...

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  • Ken LaPoint Dec 15, 2008

    Got my solution! Get a copy of Leopard OS DVD and startup with the with the DVD in the drive. HOLD Down the C key until the apple icon appears.
    Then launch the disk utility program and erase the hard disk and under options, choose the first option of GUID format.
    Format the drive and then quit the Disk utility program and relaunch the installer...
    You'll loose your data on the drive, but your computer will be back...
    Hallelujah


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Fixed it myself. Here's how:
Put a DVD of Mac OS Leopard in the optic drive and restart with the C key held down. THIS time it responds and gives me a complete launch, however I did have to reformat the Hard Drive using the Disk Utility on the OS disk. It also required me to use the GUID table format on the options menu button... look for it...
Then after reformatting, I was able to reload the OS and at least I was able to save a MOBO swap...
Cool beans and I'm up and running..

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