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I turn on my mac and only this small folder icon appears in the middle of the screen

My ibook g4 when i turn it on in the middle of the screen there is this small folder icon with a face on the folder in the middle of the screen the computer dcesn't do anything but show this unless you push the options button then it takes you to a screen with a lock and place to put a password and a arrow button I am locked out please what can i do to get past this and what operating system is on my apple ibook g4 it was made in early 2004

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The face is probably frowning.  The computer cannot find the operating system.  Use a utility disk to boot up the computer and then use First Aid or Disk Utility to check the disk.  You may have to re-install the operating system.  This can be done without losing your files if done correctly.  Seek help from an Apple repair facility if you are in doubt about how to do it.

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My screen is blank with a folder in the middle


This is an icon indicating that the iBook G4 cannot locate the bootable Mac OS X volume on the hard drive.

Here is a procedure you can use in order to get back to your main desktop:

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I am going to have you take your Mac into Safe Mode to see if we can't remove a possible folder(s) that may be affecting your Mac's start up function.

Try these steps:


-SAFE BOOT MODE-
• Reboot your Mac
• Upon restarting your Mac, press the Shift key.
• Hold the Shift key until you see a White Screen with Gray Apple icon and eventually a spinning gear.
• When you see the Spinning gear, release the Shift key.
• Allow the Mac to continue booting up. Also this may take a little while
(NOTE: this may take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to load to the Safe mode screen depending on the performance of your Mac, but if it exceeds this time, shutdown your Mac and try just once more. It may have just frozen up the first time around for you.)

• You are going to enter the Safe Mode (which looks like your main desktop environment - the only difference is certain startup items are disabled.)

• Once within the Desktop in Safe Mode
• From the Finder Menu, click Go> Go to Folder
• Type in this line: /System/Library/StartupItems
• This path, is going to take you to the System Library folder which has all of your Mac OS X Startupitems.
• Remove all of those folders to the Trash.

*Reboot your Mac normally and see if you can access your normal User desktop environment.

If this does not work, it could mean the Mac OS X directory on your iBook G4 may be damaged or corrupted. So the best step you can take to try to correct this without losing any data from your Home Folder(s) is to run an Archive and Install, with your Mac OS X installation disc.
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What this process consists of (using your Mac OS X install disc),is removing the damaged or corrupted Mac OS X directory and replacing it with a brand new directory.

This procedure also allows you to save your applications, files and folders without the old directory no longer in the way of interfering with you accessing those files.

-ARCHIVE AND INSTALL-

• Start up from your Mac OS X Install Disc 1 or Install DVD. Please remember to use the install disc that matches the current operating system your system haves.

Usually, you can start from the disc by putting it in your computer, restarting, and holding the C key.
• Hold the C key until you see a White screen, with a Gray Apple icon and eventually a Spinning gear.
• Release the C key only after you see the Spinning gear.

-Your mac will now boot from the disc and load into the Installer environment.

• Select your language. The Welcome to the Mac OS X
Installer window appears.
• Click Continue. The Important Information window appears.
• Follow the prompts until you get to the licensing agreement screen
• An agreement sheet appears. If you agree with
the license agreement, click Agree. Then Select a
Destination window appears.
• Click the volume that you wish to install to (your primary
hard drive).
• Click Options. The installation options sheet appears.
• Select Archive and Install.
• Select the volume which already has Mac OS X installed.
• You should also select Preserve Users and Network
Settings, to preserve network and Home directory
settings.
• Click OK.
• Click Continue to begin the installation.
• Once the Archive and Install is completed, when you reach your desktop be
sure to run all Software updates to bring your new
Mac OS X directory back
up to current.

Also, if you look inside your Macintosh HD icon on your Desktop, look for a folder entitled "Previous System Folder" which will have all of your previous Home folder files prior to the Archive and Install.

Here is the link (below) from Apple for more information about how to locate the Previous System Folder

How to locate Previous System Folder (after Archive and Install)

If you don't have a Mac OS X installation disc, let me know.

Regards,

-Mactechtrainer



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My iBOOK G4 won't start up


Your hard drive doesn't have an operating system. Take this to an Apple Store. Maybe they'll be kind and install it for you.

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My G4 powermac wont start up it got small icon of a file folder with a "?" and the "smiley apple face" flashing back and forth in the file folder icon. Even when i press my power button it keep doing all...


When your mac comes up with a folder with a "?", it means that you have either a corrupt operating system, or a missing operating system. This means that your MAC OS is broken, and needs to be re-installed. You will lose all the data on your machine, so if you have any information that is important to you, you should try to get that data off of your hard drive. If you dont know how, take it to any Apple certified technician (or anyone who is good with computers) and tell them that you need the information off of that hard drive.

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Computer won't work & shows a file icon w/a"? and a smiley face"


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that screen shows up when it cant find os ? try and reinstall the os again. if it shows no destination to install to then it could be a easy as a bad harddrive or in a worse case bad logic board

what year is it and screen size, i'll try and find a service manual for you

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