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Strange error on start up

Message #1 - Posted 2005/02/13 - Big Smurf

Hi all,

I'm new to Mac (one month) so please forgive me if this has been asked number of times before.

I have repaired permissions today and once completed I decided to reboot. However, all I got was a grey screen with the flashing icon in the middle. The icon is square and raised ( looks like Office 97 ) and has the blue globe on it. It was flashing all the time. I rebooted two or three times but nothing happened.

Then I took the little booklet that came with my iMac (G5) and rebooted with cmnd-option-R-P. It fixed the problem, whatever it was. Wondering what the funny icon was all about, anyone had the similar experience ?

Message #2 - Posted 2005/02/13 - matt neuburg

Big Smurf wrote:

I have repaired permissions today and once completed I decided to reboot. However, all I got was a grey screen with the flashing icon in the middle. The icon is square and raised ( looks like Office 97 ) and has the blue globe on it. It was flashing all the time. I rebooted two or three times but nothing happened.

Then I took the little booklet that came with my iMac (G5) and rebooted with cmnd-option-R-P. It fixed the problem, whatever it was. Wondering what the funny icon was all about, anyone had the similar experience ?

You did exactly right. The icon means, I believe, that the computer had become confused about its startup disk - it was looking for a netboot (a cool Mac power feature where another computer on the network can function as the boot disk for your computer):

<http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=163041>

By zapping the PRAM, you reset that parameter and made it boot from its own hard disk once again. I don't know why it got confused about this just because you did a permissions repair. m.

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Message #3 - Posted 2005/02/13 - Mike Rosenberg

Big Smurf wrote:

However, all I got was a grey screen with the flashing icon in the middle. The icon is square and raised ( looks like Office 97 ) and has the blue globe on it.

Somehow your Startup Disk setting was changed to the Network Startup option.

Mike Rosenberg
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