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Hi i just replaced hard drive and I am having issues with loading os 9.2 on my ibook it just goes to the blinking ? & smile faces, how do i get around this and ge the instalation started

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A blinking ? mark means there is no system folder. Make sure the drive is formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Make sure your install disk is a retail version of OS 9.2.
Format the drive using Disk Utility in the Utilities folder.

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You have a problem with the hard drive, either it is not working correctly or system software on it is missing or corrupted.

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You may have a RAM problem.One of the most serious problems that can afflict your Mac is "bad memory" -- the common term for a defective RAM chip.
Apple provides Apple Hardware Test with every new Mac -- it's either on the Mac OS X Install/Restore disc, or on a separate Hardware Test disc.

Here are the instruction on how to run the Apple Hardware Test CD:

http://support.apple.com/kb/TA25668?viewlocale=en_US

copy and paste the complete link into your browser.
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Nothing can be more frustrating than turning on your Mac only to find that it won't start up. Instead of seeing the Finder, you see a blue or gray screen, an icon of a broken folder, a kernel panic, a flashing question mark, or a computer that just sits there. What can you do? Don't worry. It could be a simple issue that you can fix yourself. Follow the steps in this document to diagnose and fix the problem:
http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1411#symp1

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Posted on Nov 28, 2008

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When you say recovery disk I assume you mean the main OS disk. A recovery disk on a mac generally is one you would make as a back up. Depending on the OS you used you would need to get a new one. These you can pick up from eBay pretty cheaply, both OS9 and OSX10.4.

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With the OS X Installer CD in the drive, try booting your mac and holding down the option key immediately after you hear the start up chime. This will (hopefully) load a firmware boot loader that will show available start up discs. Hopefully the OSX installer will show up as CD Icon. Select the Icon with your mouse or keyboard and press enter to start up with the Installer CD. From the installer you should be able to erase and format the drive as Mac OS Extended before installing OS X.


If the computer still won't boot from the CD double check that it is a retail OS X installer CD. If your CD has "software restore" or "ibook restore" or any other varient of restore written on the label; or if it names a particular model such as "ibook install" or "imac install" it is not a retail copy and may not be a bootable disc. A retail copy will only name the version of the operating system followed by the word install written on it's label and usually have a brief instruction on booting from the CD by holding the C key at startup.


Hope this helps, let me know what happens.

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