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Emac model number A1002

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.
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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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If you do not have an install CD, you could try fixing things in "single-user" mode. On start-up, hold down the Command (Apple) and "S" keys until the screen turns black and starts scrolling a lot of white text. When the system finishes start-up (you will see the main account user name followed by a flashing cursor mark), type (without quotes) "fsck -f", then <enter>. If the main account requires a log-in password, you will be asked to provide that. The "fsck" command starts a Unix routine similar to Disk Utility. You may have to repeat the fsck to ensure repairs are complete. (Note to gutter-minds: fsck is not an obscenity, it's an acronym for "File System ChecK".) When you are done with fsck, type "reboot" to restart the computer normally.
If the files system repair fails, or an important file is hopelessly corrupted and you don't like trying to fix it in Single-User command-line mode, the simplest fix is to reinstall the OS using the CDs. Your account information may be lost. On the other hand, if you are willing to hack Unix, you may be able to find the system log files in Single-User mode and trace down the error that prevents normal startup. If it is a corrupted preference file, you can simply delete it and try starting again.

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I have a possible solution, but it would be helpful to know what operating system you have on your eMac. Mac OS X is the Mac operating system. Do you have Mac OS X 10.2, 10.3, or 10.4, for example.
Solution:Do you have your system discs for your eMac or an Mac OS X installation disc? You'll need it to fix the problem. Use the newest disc you have.
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1. If the eMac is on, hold down the power button until it turns off. 2. Turn the eMac while holding down the mouse button. 3. When the CD/DVD drive opens, put the system disc in (use disc #1 if you have more than one disc). 4. Turn the machine off again by holding down the power button. 5. Turn the machine on while holding down the C key on the keyboard to boot from CD (or DVD). 6. Wait until the eMac boots from your system disc. 7. You should see the install screen. There should be an Options button. Click the Options button. 8. One of the choices will be to do an "Archive and Install". Go ahead and do an "Archive and Install", which will reinstall the operating system but leave your photos and other files. See cautions above. **Do _NOT_ click the option to ERASE the hard drive** or you'll lose all your photos, etc. 9. Once it's all done (expect it to take an hour or more), you should be able to use your computer normally.
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http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3964

...and then reset the Parameter RAM:

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1379

If it persists after that, try Safe Mode:

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1455

...if that persists, try booting to your install DVD and running Disk Utility:

http://support.apple.com/kb/ts1417

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