View Full Version : help with Mac SE

July 20th, 2008, 05:30 PM
I recently uncovered my old mac se after cleaning out my basement. I started it up but for some reason a floppy disk with a blinking question mark appears in the center of the screen and nothing happens. what does this mean?

July 20th, 2008, 06:07 PM
It's looking for a boot disk. If it had a hard drive that appears to have given up the ghost. . .

July 21st, 2008, 04:59 AM
If it has an internal HD, I had some sucess getting one going by doing something that may seem pretty scary to some.

I opened the SE and disconnected the drive from the system. That includes power and data. I then powered up the machine, waited for it to try to boot, then plugged in the power. The drive started spinning. I then turned it off, reconnected everything and closed the shell.

It has worked great since then (several months). However, let others comment on the safety of trying this before you do. I had nothing to lose, and gave it a shot.


July 21st, 2008, 12:44 PM
Interesting approach to the problem, but, I think I'd search the forums for the word "stiction" first.

July 21st, 2008, 02:09 PM
Tried all the standard stiction steps (banging, twisting, smack with a screwdriver) except for freezing it and opening it. Figured what the heck.