Question about Apple eMac Desktop
I have a 2003 emac that will turn on but will only come to the screen with the flashing question mark on a file folder, is this a hard drive problem and is it worth fixing? I have no information as to what is installed in the system and I have no software to go along with it. I did try an emac disk I have sitting here, since I have an older imac. It is an eMac Mac OSX install disk 1. It didn't load. Any help would be great.
I have an eMac A1002 EMC, which is the cost of sale is in good condition.
Posted on Nov 12, 2012
It could be a hard drive problem or it could just be a software issue. Given the model, it could be running System 9 or X or both. If it is 9 it just may need to be blessed. The disc you are trying to load sounds model specific as opposed to Apple's retail discs which will load on any of their models capable of running that particular operating system. Whether it is worth fixing is really a judgement call, if you have use of a 2nd machine a hard drive / install disc can be had for cheap enough, as far as resell value, I would say no. Due to the limited information you have on the history of the machine I would suggest following these links to try and determine if it is indeed hardware or software:
Mac OS 7.x - 9.x: Troubleshooting Startup Issues
Your Mac won't start up in Mac OS X (Mac OS X 10.3.9 or earlier)
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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