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Old 04-10-2005, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default Mac grey screen: Should I care?

For several months now, whenever I boot my Mac G4, the startup screen is grey, with a black apple and grey timing whirligig. It sometimes lasts a little long (though not lately), but otherwise has no consequences that I can see.

I looked it up in Pogue’s Missing Manual, and he says it might mean that I need a firmware update. However, when I look at Apple’s table, my computer does not need any firmware updates at all.

I searched on the web, and found several discussions suggesting a couple of possibilities:

— Booting from a non-stock hard drive. But I am using the one that came with the machine (although there is a second drive also installed).

— Conflict with some USB device. That sounds possible — this may have begun about the time I added a reader for camera memory or moved a scanner to a USB hub. Obviously should take them all off, then re-add them one at a time to see which one (or ones) is causing the problem. Assuming, of course, that any of them is.

But before I spend a couple of hours unplugging, restarting, plugging, etc., my question is does it matter? It may be taking me half a minute longer to restart — are there are other consequences?

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