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I have an emac G$ 700Mhz 128MB/40GB/Combo with two related problems: 1. On power up, I get a blank grey screen that, after a while, changes to a similar screen, except that at its center is a small icon in the shape of a file folder on which, alternately flashes a double face line drawing and a "?". I understand that this means that it can't find find a bootable file and may mean that the HD is dead. On various forums, the suggestions are to try to boot up from an installation disc. OK. 2. However, the combo CD/DVD drive will not open, so I can't insert the installation disc. I've tried the hair pin, and holding down the C key, but neither works. Any further suggestions about how I can open the combo drive?

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I've never used a hair pin-- a straightened paperclip has always worked for me.
One alternate solution (if you have another computer available) would be to boot the eMac into target disk mode by holding T during startup. It should show a firewire icon on the screen, and should act like an external hard drive when you connect it to another computer via a firewire cable. You can use this method to install the OS onto the eMac from another Mac. You can try Googling "Target Disk Mode" if you need more information.

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