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My mac wont work. Blinking folder with a ?

I turn on my comp and the apple appears, it dings and then a blinking folder with a "?" on it and a BUSTER sign is the only thing that appears.

what do I do?

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  • dahp24 Mar 13, 2008

    i turned on my mac and a folder with a ?appears

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Sounds like like your hardrive has died or you have lost your operating system use the recovery disc that came with your computer to reload the computer as it was from the factory.

IF this doesnt work replace your harddrive

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