I’ve been listening to the Mac Geek Gab podcast since the beginning because of my relationship with the same guys with the iPod Observer (and Backbeat Media as well.) This morning, they just fixed a problem for me. I’m sort of suprised, in a good way.
My desktop OS X box, an old 400 MHz blue and white G3 that I bought used a few years back as my first taste of OS X, hasn’t been starting up right. On boot, it sits for a while, then goes to blinky question mark and then sits and sits and eventually boots correctly at some point in time ranging from 10 minutes to 2 hours later. I’ve been thinking that this is an indicator that the startup disk is slowly failing and will one day soon completely die. In fact, they said to check the startup properties because that setting can get corrupted to have nothing, and that your Mac might be trying to do a network boot. That is exactly what was happening. I had two options, the hard drive and network boot, and neither was selected. I selected the hard drive, rebooted and it came right up. The Mac Geek Gab came through!