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\015 I just bought this off ebay it has no operating system, and the cd drive does'nt open so i use a paper clip to open it. I put windows xp in it to see if it would load up and it would'nt I ordered OS 10.2 Jaguar, just wanted to see if the folder was because there was no OS on it this is my first Mac ever.\015

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Folder with a blinking question mark means a missing system folder, in other words there isn't an OS installed. To fix this you need to boot from the OS X installer CD. With the OS X installer CD in the drive, hold down the C key on your keyboard when you start your mac. This tells the mac to boot from the optical drive (i.e. CD drive) and load the OS X installer. From there just follow the onscreen instructions to install OS X.\015\012
\015\012Also, you should be aware that the ibook is not compatible with Windows XP. Only the newer “intel macs” of the past few years are compatible with XP. Your mac predates Apple's transition to intel processors and Windows XP compatibility on the mac platform by a few years. This is why your Windows XP CD didn't load on it. The ibook is Mac OS X only.\015\012
\015\012It only runs on Mac OS X however it is compatible with newer versions of the OS. 10.2 jaguar is kind of old and a little buggy. You may want to consider installing 10.4 Tiger for improved stability and performance. Avoid the newest version (10.5 Leopard) as it is geared towards newer and faster machines.\015\012
\015\012Hope this helps. Enjoy your mac
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