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christopher kinsman
Assigning new Boot Disk MDD G4 OS 10.4
on Aug 7, 2008 at 4:35:29 am

Hi Åll, I've just purchased another G4 MDD FW800 Dual 1.42 and am installing drives from an old computer. 1 of the drives I installed has all the apps and OS I'd like to run on this system. When I power the system up I get a blue screen with flashing apple faces that alternate with a file symbol with a question mark on it. I assume the computer is asking which is the boot disk. How do I assign the disk I want to be the new boot disk when the computer stops it's startup at this point?
Many thanks!
Kind Regards,
Chris Kinsman



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Zane Barker
Re: Assigning new Boot Disk MDD G4 OS 10.4
on Aug 7, 2008 at 5:07:37 am

Hold down option while booting.

There are no "technical solutions" to your "artistic problems".
Don't let technology get in the way of your creativity!



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christopher kinsman
Re: Assigning new Boot Disk MDD G4 OS 10.4
on Aug 7, 2008 at 3:29:14 pm

when I do this, I get two symbols on the screen. On the left is a circular arrow (return?) on the right is an arrow pointing to the right (next?). Pressing either of these doesn't get any response from computer. What now?

Many thanks!
Chris



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Zane Barker
Re: Assigning new Boot Disk MDD G4 OS 10.4
on Aug 7, 2008 at 3:31:18 pm

If there is not a hard drive also on the selection screen then the computer is not seeing any bootable hard drive at all.

What type of machine did this old boot disk come from?

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Don't let technology get in the way of your creativity!



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christopher kinsman
Re: Assigning new Boot Disk MDD G4 OS 10.4
on Aug 7, 2008 at 3:42:50 pm

It came from and is going to a G4 MDD FW800 Dual 1.42. This drive was an original but was then cloned for safety. In the old machine - it was not designated as the boot drive, the clone was - does this make a difference?



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Zane Barker
Re: Assigning new Boot Disk MDD G4 OS 10.4
on Aug 7, 2008 at 3:44:10 pm

For some reason the computer is not recognizing it, double check to make sure it is fully connected.

There are no "technical solutions" to your "artistic problems".
Don't let technology get in the way of your creativity!



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Kevin Camp
Re: Assigning new Boot Disk MDD G4 OS 10.4
on Aug 7, 2008 at 4:15:25 pm

on the back of the drive, you'll see a group of 8 pins (4 rows of pairs of pins). you can use these to designate how a drive will be used. usually if you look at the top of the drive, on the label, it will describe various jumper configurations like master, slave, cable select... it's possible that the drive is set to slave and that may be effecting it's ability to be used as a boot drive. change it to either master or cable select.

Kevin Camp
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