Mid 2006 / model number A1181 / black or white case / 1.83 or 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor.

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Question mark flashes briefly, apple icon, computer starts?

After replacing the hard drive my computer works good however when i turn it on a question mark in a briefcase appears briefly then the apple icon appears then it all goes normally, I would like to know why this happens, my understanding is that the question mark means that their is a problem i just don't know what it is or where to look for it?. Also I had to replace my old battery (as it wasn't charging) and now if I leave the charger unplugged, the computer shuts of after awhile and when i power it back on it starts of where it was at as if its asleep but i actually have to turn it back on, I don't know if this has anything to do with it each other or if it is 2 seperate problems..?

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Go under the Apple in the upper left hand corner to System Preferences > Start up disk and select your hard drive. This should solve the issue. As it is the computer has to search for a start up folder.

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Thank you it worked Mayer and oddly enough , I left my laptop unplugged and it went to sleep and I i woke it up pressing a button, my macbook after a year is now 100% thank-you to ifixit

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