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Computer is not booting properly

When turning computer on a picture of a disk pops up then computer shuts down at 2-3 mins of being on

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    JDTec May 11, 2010

    Sounds like it is not setecting your hard drive. Try to boot it with your installation cd and see if it sees the hard drive.

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Either Hard Drive failure or you need to reinstall the Operating System on the Mac. Good luck.

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