Question about Apple eMac G4 Desktop

2 Answers

Flashing apple I started my mac laptop and a flashing apple, question mark and a circle with a line come up what does this mean?

Posted by on

Ad

2 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Novelist:

    An expert who has written 50 answers of more than 400 characters.

    Champion:

    An expert who has answered 200 questions.

  • Expert
  • 233 Answers

Here is an old Mac trick. Zap the pram. Hold down "p","r","option" and "Mac logo" keys on keyboard and power on the computer. Continue to hold keys down until you have heard the startup chord 3-6 times. This procedure resets the programmable ram.It has been known to solve a multitude of problems.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Ad
  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Novelist:

    An expert who has written 50 answers of more than 400 characters.

    Champion:

    An expert who has answered 200 questions.

  • Expert
  • 382 Answers

The flashing question mark / picasso face means your com puter cannot find a bootable volume or start up disk. Basically, it cannot find your operating system to load. That could mean a few things. Mainly it means your hard drive has failed, and is not performing properly, or cannot be detected. It could also mean the bootsector of the hard drive ( where it wrote os x when it was installed ) has bad blocks or sectors, preventing it from reading the disk correctly. if the hard drive is anywhere from 3 -4 years old or older, all of these options are likely. YOu can try to power the computer on holding down the OPTION key. THis will boot your machine into start up manager. Also try this procedure with an OS X cd or dvd inserted. If you have another macintosh running 10.3 or later, that has a firewire port, you can boot the emac into target disk mode by holding down the "T" key. The other mac should be on , and hopefully the emac will appear on the desktop fo the other computer. THis allow you to hopefuly recover the contents of the emac.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=58583

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Target_Disk_Mode

Hope this helps, KEEP ME POSTED.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

2 Answers

What does flashing globe on white screen on mac meanmacbook pro


If by flashing globe you mean spinning globe (often a colored beach ball), there are several possible reasons. The spinning beach ball happens when a operating system command cannot be completed. The computer is frozen/stuck in a process that it can't complete.
Most often the cause is faulty or missing information on the hard drive. Running Disk Utility will often fix it. You may need to start the computer from your OS install disk and rather than install find Disk Utility in the pull down menu and run it on your hard drive.
The spinning ball could also be caused by insufficient RAM memory to even run the operating system. It could also be caused by hardware problems which can be diagnosed with the Apple Hardware Test found on the disks sold with the machine.
If you truly mean a flashing round globe, I have never seen such a figure. Flashing question marks or flashing circle with a slash through it means the mac cannot find a bootable hard drive. Your hard drive may have died or become corrupted. To see if you hard drive is defective, again run Disk Utility by booting off an install CD or another hard drive with a compatible MacOSX operating system to diagnose.
Try running the repair disk program under the general tab of the Disk Utility program.

Aug 11, 2014 | Apple MacBook 13"White /2.0Ghz Intel Core2...

1 Answer

MacBook Air ? mark flashing


Short answer -> If the flashing icon is a question mark on a folder, it means that your MacBook cannot find a bootable drive.

Longer answer-> If you have an Apple store near you, they can diagnose it more thoroughly. If you have been doing periodic backups to a Time Capsule or other device, take that with you.

Jul 14, 2014 | Apple Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Flashing question mark


This means that there is no working start-up disk found. The hard drive is either corrupt, dead, or not connected properly.

Feb 24, 2014 | Apple Customized 15" MacBook Pro Laptop...

1 Answer

Flashing question mark


Sounds like your computer needs to be looked at by a tech. Usually the flashing question mark means it doesn't recognize the hard drive or is unable to locate an operating system.

Jan 15, 2014 | Apple MacBook 13"White /2.0Ghz Intel Core2...

1 Answer

Why does a question mark on a folder blink at startup and not turn on laptop?


Hi Joe. It means that the start-up drive has some corruption of some sort. I've posted previously what to do in such situations so just search for flashing question mark and there's a walkthrough of possible fixes.

Mar 27, 2012 | Apple MACBOOK PRO 13 INCH NOTEBOOK 24 GHz...

1 Answer

There is a circle with a diagonal line through it and then it show a long black box with a ? mark on my apple laptop


That means it cannot find a system folder to start from, booy from a system disk and run the disk utility, get back to me if you need more help.

Oct 23, 2010 | Apple MacBook 13"White /2.0Ghz Intel Core2...

1 Answer

My Mac Book will only go as far as a blue screen with a folder flashing a question mark. What does this mean?(also there's a ticking sound near the DVD drive when i first start up)


The DVD ticking sound is normal and happens every time you power on. The blue screen of death is not normal. The flashing question mark means corrupt start up file. Re-install the operating system or insert disc 1 of your gray install disc and go into disk utilities and select repair permissions. Then select repair hard drive.

Oct 19, 2010 | Apple MacBook 13"White /2.0Ghz Intel Core2...

1 Answer

Mac Powerbook shows file wih flashing question mark, won't boot.


The flashing question mark means that the computer can't find an OS.
If the computer previously was working, start up from the OSX disc and run 'Disc Utility' from the 'Utilities' menu in the top toolbar.
Run 'First Aid' to check and repair any errors.
If the computer still can't find an OS then you will need to re-install OSX.

Apr 15, 2009 | Apple PowerBook G4 Mac Notebook

1 Answer

Stuck


the flashing ? mark means its not seeing any bootable device do you have the original OS disk from apple???? If you do you need to boot with them and test the hard drive to see if its functioning and or there is an OS issue.

Oct 31, 2008 | Apple iBook Blueberry Mac Notebook

2 Answers

When I turn on my Mac Book Pro


The flashing folder with hard drive symbol is telling you that the computer cannot find a bootable system folder (operating system). This could be because the hard drive is working properly, or the operating system folder has become corrupted. Try booting up from the system CD or DVD that came with your Mac Book Pro and see if it can repair your hard drive.

Mar 16, 2008 | Apple MacBook Pro Laptop Computer with...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Apple eMac G4 Desktop Logo

269 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Apple Computers & Internet Experts

marty morrison
marty morrison

Level 2 Expert

26 Answers

Paul Carew

Level 3 Expert

3336 Answers

Martin Buck
Martin Buck

Level 2 Expert

86 Answers

Are you an Apple Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...