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I am trying to switch on my g4 notebook. And am presented with a folder icon bearing alternately a finder icon and ? Any ideas?

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Your mac cannot find an operating system. Re-install the operating system using the 2 discs Apple gave you. If that don't work, then you need a new hard drive. 2.5" 120 GB laptop hard drive IDE/ATA are the specs you need. If it says SATA, then you got the wrong hard drive.

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