Just some suggestions
by gmm421 - 10/9/06 8:32 AM
In Reply to: What do I do now? by johnjewkes
What is the model of the computer? I'm surprised that a machine that was shipped with the original 8.0 CD was also able to run 10.2.1. If you have made any modifications to the computer over the years (e.g., upgraded CPU, RAM, etc.), consider removing them and seeing if you can start the machine as it was first built with the original system disks. it seems kind of odd that both the hard drives and the CD drive are not able to boot your machine.
I have a Power Mac that has a hard reset button inside of it (a red CUDA switch?). If you re-create the machine as it was shipped and press that button, everything may go back to the default position and work; or, you would at least be able to start from the CD drive if there are no other hardware failures.
Regarding zapping the PRAM, I think you have to hold down those keys a couple of times (3?) in order for it to work. Also, do you get a sad Mac screen with a code underneath the icon? when you listen to the computer, does it make any normal sounds or abnormal ones?
If your machine is trying to boot off the bad hard drive, press the letter C (or is it option?) to force the system to boot from your CD drive instead of the hard drive which is in question.
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