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I am working on a mac that seems to have a HDD issue. It's one the the intel (I think) imacs. It boots to a white screen with a question mark inside a file folder.

I would love to boot a live linux distro, so I can see if the HDD will even mount. The problem is that I cannot boot a livecd. I hold down C and it goes to a blank screen with a flashing cursor. It's completely static. I cannot input any text, anything.

Any input is welcome. I would love to try to get this thing working again, but I have no idea where to start.
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post #2 of 5
Mac forum is that way. --->

Actual Macs won't boot normal PC CDs; try booting a Mac CD instead.
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Thank you uncle Steve :/
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They boot normal CD/DVDs:
http://sowerbutts.com/linux-mac-mini/
Code:
    Download an ISO image from the Debian web site
    Burn ISO image to a blank CD-R
    Reboot into the Debian installer
    Install the Debian "base system"; this is a minimal Debian system with just enough tools to download and install any additional packages you require
    Reboot into the Debian base system
    Select the packages you'd like to use
    Download and install the packages
    Build an optimized kernel
    Enjoy!
You might want to partition/install OSX first, you can re-partition the main hard drive too. You just want to do that first because the Linux installers (no matter what distro) don't work well with HFS+ because of the journaling. It is possible to load a completely different OS on them, that's never been the problem.
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his problem is it is skipping over the boot from cd, even holding down C...i'm sure a expeirenced mac user would be able to answer this better than we could since it seems more like a mac problem than a linux.

sorry we couldn't have been more of a help
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