Last two days I'm getting the prohibition symbol when I try to start up
After several minutes, a blue screen appears...then another longish wait...
then my computer starts up. At least something!
I then get "The disk you inserted was unreadable on this computer",
but there's nothing in the combo drive.
The machine then functions normally, but I get the same issue
each time I shut down and then attempt to re-start.
I've disconnected all peripherals, same result.
I can't boot cleanly from the installation disk (C key)...I still get all of the above.
I can't boot from my Disk Warrior utility CD either...it starts but then
dies early in its reconstruction process, leaving me with a black
and very dead screen and no further result.
Two years ago I cloned the original start-up disk and have been using
the clone as my start-up ever since. However, the icon for that
original start-up disk has now vanished from the desktop and although Disk
Utility sees it, all the repair and verification boxes are ghosted out,
so I can't do anything with it.
So...is it that original drive that's screwing things, or the clone,
or the combo drive?
Any tips would be appreciated.
Can't tell, but it sems some Disk is having a problem, noy likely the Oprical at this point.