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My IMac is about 1 year old. It is a 20 inch 2.4 intel iMac. It froze today the mouse wouldn't move or anything. My kids were messing around with it. So I just turned it off and back on. After a couple of minutes of gray screen a folder with a question mark flashes over and over again. So I got on my macbook to see what it meant, I found out that the iMac couldn't find its start up disk. So I went to apple support trouble shooting and it said start it up using the install disc which I did. It said go to start up utility and repair the disc. The start up disc doesn't show up, so they said if that happens reset the PRAM, which I did like 3 times, and nothing. They said if all these steps fail just reinstall using the installation disc. Which I did but when it said where would you like to install Mac OS X, you would normally see the Hard Drive Icon and it is gone, there is nothing there.

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Jul 12, 2009

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Debugger called: <panic>
Backtrace (CPU 0), Frame : Return Address (4 potential args on stack)
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Backtrace terminated-invalid frame pointer 0BSD process name corresponding to current thread: Unknown

Mac OS version:
Not yet set

Kernel version:
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System uptime in nanoseconds: 180744654

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Jan 14, 2011

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Oct 23, 2009

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Unfortunately my Leopard install disk doesn't work anymore (really really strange, it's perfect without any scratch) and I can only use a old tiger disk. So I can see that it's no more present any startup disk!!! Bootcamp deleted my mac startup disck.

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Oct 30, 2009

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Now the weird part:

Every time I shut down, when I boot back up, I get an blinking OS9-style blue folder-? in the middle of the screen.

After trying a few times, I decided to attempt to re-install Tiger. I obviously couldn't eject the DVD drive without being in the OS, so I did what any Apple guy would do, and held down the mouse while booting to force the drive to eject.

Then I got the good ole' gray and white Tiger boot up screen. Tiger loaded quickly and everything was just fine.

I doubled checked the Startup Disk settings, and everything was fine there.

I checked the time/date and made sure it wasn't the Logic Board battery failing to hold data, however the time/date were correct.

Here is a video of the situation to drive home the point:


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I am trying to update my system and I am being told that my start up disk is full.Can any one tell me how to delete items off the start up disk?

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Apr 23, 2012

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