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My mac is showing me a grey screen with a flashing folder icon in the middle alternating the finder icon and a question mark.I dont have the osx disc

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Hi there,
The flashing folder icon is telling you that your Mac cannot locate a working operating system to startup.

You may be having a software problem that is keeping your Mac from recognizing your operating system, or a hardware problem that is keeping your Mac from connecting to your hard drive (where the operating system lives).
Since you don't have access to a CD/DVD of the Mac operating system, ff you have an external hard drive with a working operating system on it, try connecting it to your Mac with FireWire and startup the computer holding down these keys: Command (Apple) +option+shift+delete. This will force the Mac to attempt to startup from the external drive.
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That happened to me and my hard drive crashed. I hope you backed up your files. I suggest going to the apple store ASAP; they'll help you from there. Good Luck!

Posted on Aug 15, 2009

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