My work is interupted every few minutes by my HD window popping up - this just started happening and continues after several re-starts and re-plugs. This happens from all my software including Safari, Entourage,Photoshop, Illustrator and Quark.
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Sounds like may be a stuck key on your keyboard, try unplugging keyboard long enough to see if it continues. If it turns out to be keyboard, try firmly (bang) each of the following keys several times: [Command] [Alt] left [Alt] right [Tab] [O]. Perhaps the function keys as well. I have had this "unstick" the problematic key before on different keyboards. Reconnect keyboard and see if that helps.
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Hi Karra, Start your mac. Insert the install disc that came with the mac and press Restart. As soon as the window goes black push and hold the c-key untill the Apple sign appears. Loading could take a couple of minutes so be patient.
After a while a screen to choose your language. After that the Installer appears to install the Operating System. Avoid this. On top you see several pop-up menu's. Click the far right one and you'll see Change password You can reset a new password here. Hope this works. Good luck.
The flashing folder means that the Mac cannot find its start=up folder. This is caused by one of two things:-1. The hared-disk is going or has gone bad and will need to be replaced. or 2. There is directory damage. Directory damage can be fixed in several ways. First of all try starting you computer with the system CD in the slot. After a few moments with the flasshing ! it will boot from the CD and ask what language you want to use as the computer is thinmking that you are going to reinstall the software. we aren't. Go to the next page and then from the menu bar select utilities.One of the utilities is disk utility, szelect that. After a little while you will get presented with a new window with your HD listed down the left hand side. It will have two entries - one will be Western Digital. Seegate or Fujitsu or so mething sim ilare and the second will be Macintosh HD (or whatever you have renamed it) If you see nothing - thern the HD is dead. (you have got everything backed up haven't you?). Click on the name of the drive and then c;lick the tab in the centre that says 'First Aid'. Now at the bottom of the window you will see four buttons, 2 on each side. Go to the one that says 'Repair HD' and then leave the machine for 10 minutes or so. If the drive has simple directory damage DU will fix it. If ity is complicated damage it will fail with a message. Try it again as sometimes it has to make more than one attempt. If however, after 3 goes it still fails then you need somethinmg stonger..There is a program we use called Diskwarrior. `Its sole purpose is tyo fix directories. Sometimes it can take a cople of hour to work, but in the last 10 years I've only had 2 machines where it hasn't been able to fix the damage. Post back how you get on. Thanks.
Try holding the power button down and keep holding till you hear an extended beep, then allow to start up normally this is like a heavy duty PR zap..... if that dosent work try booting up from your OS10 or techtool dvd holding down the C key during start up if boots from the DVD go to utilities then disk utilities and run it
Try starting up holding down the shift key - keep holding as it may take some time (if you get to 10 minutes though I would give up).
If it starts up OK let it run for a few minutes then shut it down completely and do a normal start. Does it still start?
If not, Start it up from your system DVD and run disk utility - repair drive.
Try starting normally again.
If it still doesn't work you may have to reistall. Don't erase, just do an archive and install and then see what happens.
If that doesn't help, try booting into Safe Mode and see what happens, if it comes up hopefully another restart may solve, if not, you can at least use this as a starting point to try and resolve. Safe Mode will allow you to get around, surf, etc...
What is Safe Boot, Safe Mode?
I had the same thing happen when I switched from os9 to osx. I had to install the programs, Quark, Illustrator, etc. then the icons appearance was normal. You may also have to actually open the program, then open the files themselves before the icons show as normal.
Try starting in Safe Mode and see if the problem occurs.
To start in Safe Mode, hold down the Shift key after you hear the startup chime. Startup will take a bit longer than usual, and you should see the words "Safe Mode" in red lettering at the login screen.