Ok ppl, i got in some big trouble. Heres the story:
I have MAC OS 9.1 on an imac. I was surfing the web are all of a sudden the computer froze. I unpluged the computer and restarted. Well, I restarted to a gray screen with a blinking question mark in the middle. I put in my 9.1 install/recovery disk and I got past that, but It took me to my desk top with nothing but two icons, my trash and cd icon. THe wallpaper is full of cd icons. Otherwise there is nothing else. When I click on the cd icon and click on install it gives me an error saying "no destination disk has been choosen". Also I can't get my cd out. I have tried restarting many times. I am totally stumped, any help would be great.
I would say never unplug the computer without shutting down but you probably figured that by now
Okay the good news is the Mac is probably alright but the bad news is the Mac cannot find the System Folder on your hard disk. This could simply be caused by a file being corrupt within the System Folder or the worst thing that could have happened is your hard drive has failed.
Either way, insert the Mac OS 9 CD that came with your iMac into the drive and hold down the C key. To eject the current CD, if this is not the MAC OS 9 CD, hold down your mouse at startup or press the eject button on your keyboard at startup. The Mac will then start up from the CD and and you can identify the problem. If the hard disk mounts on the desktop then run Disk First Aid (in the Utilities folder onthe CD) and click Repair to check for disk errors. Hopefully Disk First Aid will fix any problems that existed and you can then reinstall the system software. If Disk First Aid discovered problems that could not be fixed then something like Norton Utilities may be able to sort out the problem.
If no hard disk mounts on the Desktop then load Drive Setup and see if your hard disk is in there as a <not mounted> volume. You should then be able to mount the volume. If the volume will not mount, you may then have to, initialise your drive. This will erase all the data that was on the drive and should only be used as a last resort. If initialising the drive fails, you will need to replace the hard disk.
If the Mac's warranty has expired, you can either replace the hard drive yourself or have a new one fitted at an Apple dealer.
If your hard drive has failed, it is possible that your data can only be recovered by a specialist service, which will cost a small fortune. Hopefully it won't come to this though. Let us know how it goes