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When my imac g4 tries to bootup it shows a folder icon

When my imac g4 boots up it shows a folder icon with a ? mark and then a folder icon with a finder icon and agin and agin and agin

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It sounds like the system is corrupted. What I would do is to get your instal disk and boot up holding down the c key on your keyboard. Once you have booted up go to the file menu and run disk utility to verify and repair the hard drive. Then go to the instal menu and instal a fresh system remembering to preserve the users data so you do not wipe anything. Hopefully this will work.

Posted on Oct 13, 2009

  • Maddy Strelow Jun 25, 2012

    ive tired this and mine still wont work doesnt get off the screen of the folder with a ? and then a folder icon...

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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.

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• When you see the Spinning gear, release the Shift key.

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