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Flashing question mark at start up

Get a flashing question mark at start up. Try to run Disk Repair from install cd, but the hard drive doesn't show up

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  • g4herenow Mar 13, 2009

    my 17"g4 has flashing question mark alternating with finder icon inside small blue folder at start up, i need help

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Ive had this happen a couple times and it was either the motherboard needed to be pulled and placed back in securely or the board cooked. I havent seen this any other way. An extension issue wont create this

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The bootup permissions file has become corrupted in your system folder. Booting up and running an"archive and install" from the installation cd, or better, from an external hardrive, should solve the problem.

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