I got trouble "?" ibook

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  1. zeke_mo

    zeke_mo (value not set) Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    My sister's ibook(500Mhz, 640MB RAM) which has a dual boot of 9.2 and 10.x installed on it will no longer boot. All that shows up is a little folder with a "?" mark on it, I have no idea what that means. I was thinking it cant find the boot folder or something. She wants me to get it working so she can back up everything and format. Thanks ahead :p
     
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    I just booted with a system disk, and I went do use disk first aid and it gave me this error: "Problem: Invalid BTree node size, 4,0"
     
  3. X-Istence

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    Apple.com has the support section, check there if you can find the error you specified. If that fails, try google.
     
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    If you're receiving a folder with a "?" on it, this usually means that there is no bootable operating install that can be found, as x-istence says, try Apple.com's support section for more information. I've never solved this problem before with anything other than simply re-installing the o/s (take's 15 minutes, and no settings are lost at all) however I've never looked into the problem before.
     
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    Will it format the hdd? She wants to keep all her old pictures, movie, etc.
     
  6. X-Istence

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    No, it will just copy a new boot sector to the drive, and all the stuff that is a must have, you will lose no settings like SPeedY_B says. And not losing settings means not losing documents either.
     
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    Thanks for the help you two :) Ill let you know how the install goes
     
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    Its asking about initializing the disk. I hate to keep asking, but it this a format?
     
  9. X-Istence

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    That does sound wrong. See the docs at apple.com, or contact their support.
     
  10. Geffy

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    could be hard drive or logic board, talk to the support people or take it into an apple store if you can
     
  11. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Initialising a disk would be formatting it, yes. Basically when it asks to initialise a disk it means that the software has found no recognisable disk to install the o/s on to, but it has found the presence of some kind of disk, it just needs to be formatted before proceeding further.
     
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    Are there any apps that could repair it without formatting it?
     
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    will it boot into target disk mode??

    think its holding down 'T' while restarting the machine, then if you can plug it into another mac with a firewire cable you should be able to access the hard drive.
     
  14. zeke_mo

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    I was really wishing that it wasn't a hardware problem. I guess I'll give apple a call. Thanks for all the help :D If I get this fixed I will let you all know what it was.