1 Reply Latest reply: Aug 12, 2011 9:38 AM by BDAqua
skate1996 Level 1 (0 points)

when i turn my computer on in place of the apple that used to show up in the middle of the screen, now a folder with a question mark in the middle of it just keeps blinking. i tried restarting it and taking the battery out and it just keeps on doing the same thing! please help!

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,286 points)

    That is a sign it can't find the drive it thinks it's supposed to boot from.


    Hold the Option/alt at bootup, do any choices show up?


    "Try Disk Utility


    1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.

    2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)

    *Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*

    3. Click the First Aid tab.

    4. Select your Mac OS X volume.

    5. Click Repair Disk, (not Repair Permissions). Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."