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Apple mac g4 laptop wont come on

It has a logo in the middle of the screen a folder with question mark inside. i cant get it to go and allow me to switch the lap top on.

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  • kevin_n_smit Feb 19, 2009

    I have the same problem. I was using my G4 when it stopped responding, so i restarted it. When it restarted it gave me the screen with the folder and the flashing question mark. I've even used my recovery discs and it runs code down the screen and stops there with a line of text at the bottom that says, "Panic: We are hanging here..."

  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    I suggest you read up on Apple support on Kernel Panics.

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Kernel panics are not what you have, you have a flashing question mark, it indicates there is a problem with either the hard drive or the operating system on the hard drive.

Kernel panics are different, the unit tries to start and then the unit crashes with a "kernel panic"

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