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Blank screen 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.

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It's a hardware failure. Try reinstalling the OS, otherwise it sounds like apple gave you a LEMON. LOL (little humor there). This also happens when there is no OS installed at all, which doing the above may solve the problem. Also, check to make sure the Hard drive is formatted for FAT~~ and not NTFS, cause for some reason, apple system hate NTFS Drives.

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