The machine is a 450 G4, 768 megs ram, with a Maxtor hd. The drive was\ninitially partitioned - 1st section had OSX.2.8 and all X apps, 2nd\nsection has 9.2.2 and OS9 apps, and 3rd section has all Documents.\n\nHere's what happened - I was trying to mount an old hd and atempted to\ndo a master/slave setup in my machine with it. I couldn't boot - and\ngot the blinking question mark.\n\nOnce I removed the slave hd and tried to reboot my machine, I still\nhad the blinking question mark. I was able to boot into my 9.2\npartition and could see that everything looked okay - all 3 partitions\nstill there, lost nothing, etc.\n\nIt's been over 24 hours and by now I have tried everything i can think\nof including:\n-booting from OS disk and using disk utilities\n-booting into Norton and running repairs apps\n-booting into Drive X for X and running that repair program,\n-reseating the hard drive\n-resetting the jumper on the drive from Master to Cable select\n-reinstalling OSX by archiving my old setup on the 1st partition\n-giving in and wiping the 1st partition and installing OSX (Jaguar)\nfrom scratch\n\nNow, instead of getting the blinking question mark, the machine begins\nto boot and then I get the grey screen with the white apple. Then a\ntotally messed up screen. I took a photo and uploaded it to:\n[URL]http://www.neworleansreia.com/mcee.htm[/URL]\nif you want to see it.\n\nI'm stumped! Have I fried a portion of my hd? If I reinstall Jaguar on\nthe 2nd partition will it even run? By the way, I finally was able to\nmount that other hd that started all the problems on another machine\n(externally) and it was really messed up. It took over 90 minutes to\nget it to a place where I could retrieve the data. Did it do more\ndamage than just corrupting my file structure? HELP!!\n\nThanks to anyone who has any ideas!