The question mark means that the machine can't find a system. If you have a bootable DVD, insert it and let the computer boot from the disk, Once booted see if your har drive has died. If it has, you can install a new one if you want to keep using that machine. If the drive hasn't died, then see if you can reinstall the system, which may have gotten corrupted over all that time without booting the computer.
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How to choose the startup volume Follow these steps:
Turn on, or restart, your Mac. Immediately press and hold the Option key. After a few seconds, the Startup Manager should appear. The Startup Manager scans for available available (I just love finding typos on Apples site) volumes.
Use the left and right arrow keys on the keyboard to select the volume you would like to use. Press the Return key on your keyboard to start up the computer from the volume you selected.
Hey hey hey! I resemble that remark. My ol' Quicksilver was still going strong when I took it out of commission at the end of last year. That gem was eleven yrs old and wouldn't quit! Got a decent price for it on CraigsList, too. So there! >:-p
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