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Oct 21, 2010

I had this issue a while ago but it never came to this. I have bootcamp and want to change OS, so I restart while holding option key and here are 2 outcomes

1. The screen stays grey and mac is just standing like this, I waited for 5 minutes but no options came out.

2. If I hold option immediately while Mac is restarting screen stays black and sleep button is lid up all the time, nothing happens.

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flashing ? folder

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It won't boot to the install CD. I finally got it to boot from my other Powermac's HD with OS X on it, but I can't seem to install OS X on this other HD, but that's not really what I'm asking here...

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