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#1 Beeker

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 04:01 PM

I get a little folder with a question mark when my computer is starting up. I've been considering reinstalling the OS. Would a simple drag and drop of my programs to my external hard drive save them from being wiped out if I reinstall?

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:19 PM

Is the computer booting at all? If it is I would not worry about it as a simple PRAM reset will fix the issue, it happens to almost all macs. See here for instrucions on how to reset PRAM and NVRAM: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1379
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Posted 23 June 2011 - 07:26 PM

That looks like it took care of it. Thank you!

I love how simple everything is on Macs!

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 07:54 AM

You are welcome! Glad that helped you out. :)
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 07:57 PM

I want to bump this very helpful thread about the PRAM reset command; I just used it and my iMac starts like it was new.

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 06:23 PM

You are welcome, this is one of the best commands for a mac as it is the most common issue with a mac. I rarely use it on my mac mini but on most other macs it is usually an issue.
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Posted 14 September 2011 - 03:17 PM

When you reset PRAM are there any settings that you lose? From the articles above and others I've read it doesn't sound like PRAM in os X stores much. Well the startup volume seems like a major biggie that could be a problem except most macs seem to have one hd, one partition.
Since PRAM doesn't seem to store much info it makes me wonder why resetting it would help a slow boot. I haven't tried it yet, but my mac is now a year old and I figure the day is coming.
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Posted 14 September 2011 - 04:53 PM

There are reasons that a reset will fix issue such as that. But no not any user configurable settings that you would "normally" have to pay any attention to so no worry. :)
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