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Startup is all jacked up:(:(

When I start up my computer the typical blue screen shows up with the apple. And then shortly after, a circle shows up with a slash going through. After about five minutes the computer turns off. I also cannot eject the disk that is in there to put in the software install disk.

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  • greendaygtr Jun 18, 2009

    I looked for that, but couldn't find it. Also another thing that concerns me is that This happened after I reinstalled the hardware... And the disk that is inside is the 2nd installation disc.

  • greendaygtr Jun 18, 2009

    Ok, so I got the disc out but the circle with the slash is still there.



  • greendaygtr Jun 18, 2009

    So, as an update... I got the cd out, but the circle with the slash still shows up

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First when you power up the computer press F8 key then enter in enable vga mode then change screen resolution to 1024*768 .
Also reset your bios settings .
When you power up press "del" or F2
then you can see bios.

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The circle-slash means the Mac couldn't find BootX on the startup volume. Which means you either have a bad boot sector on your harddrive or the computer is trying to boot from whatever disk is in the drive and not able to.

There's usually a manual override to eject discs, like a little hole you put a stright pin or tiny nail through and push a lever to release the tray and get a bad disc out.

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