I have OSX installed on a very old Powerbook. Well it was working and then I left it for awhile and now it is giving me the good old folder to question mark screen (maybe someone dropped it?). Well I'm not much of a mac user so I looked up all of the different boot key commands and tried to boot from my OSX CD. Holding down C did nothing, and neither did ANY of the other commands except holding down option and that key command that restarts the computer (apple, option, shift, esc?). Anyway, I got into the screen that shows your hard drive and all other devices and it actually listed the CD drive so I clicked it and clicked the next arrow. I waited for awhile and then the screen reloaded (as if it was rescanning for removable devices) and then stopped and only displayed the local disk. What is going on?! It only sometimes displays the CD in this screen and the next arrow never does anything regardless!!
I really don't know any of the computers stats but if I were to guess they're pretty bad. All I know is it used to run OSX just fine and then other people used it and now it doesn't do anything.
Thanks in advance!
What CD do you have in there? It won't show up in there, unless there is a bootable disc in. Look under the battery, and you'll see a sticker, and it will say the specs, or you can look on the bottom of the computer, and it will give you the model number. This usually helps us determine if theres any common problems, or what OS it can run, so on and so forth. From what it sounds like so far, you just need to put your original install disc in, and reboot
MacBook 2.16 Core 2 Duo, 2 gigs of ram, 120 gig hard drive Snow Leopard 10.6
PowerBook G4 15" High Res 1.67PPC, 2 gigs of ram 160 gig hard drive Leopard 10.5.8
HTC MyTouch 3G 4 Gigabytes Unlocked, Rooted 2.0 Eclair
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Also I wanted to note that after the computer reaches its final screen, it will shut itself off after about 5 mins of inactivity.
Sounds like the HD is toast. I hope you had a backup or didn't care about the data. During the boot picker you said it showed the HD as a selection but not the CD. Are you sure it maybe it wasn't showing the HD and was showing the CD?
During the boot picker I can see both the HD and the CD. I'm sure of which is which by the way. Partly because under the CD one it says "mac OSX disc 1" and under the hard drive it says the name of the hard drive.