the flashing question mark means that the system cannot find a valid system folder from which to boot.
Norton Utilities, you actually use that???, did not see the disk and your System 9 install CD failed to find it also.
While a faulty SCSI device or cable can cause this problem, it may not be the whole picture.
Replace that HD, reinstall the System from the installation disk and go back to production.
I'm not even going to ask about backups.
You can order a replacement drive, by phone, from any of the usual on-line retailers.
80GB ATA Hard Drive, $47.99 from Other World Computer, 1-800 275 4576
On that machine, any drive over 127GB would be wasted.
I have a G4 Power Mac running system 9. I had been having problems with the system freezing up when I was using my scanner, but it usually rebooted fine until recently.
Now I get the flashing question mark when I try to boot.
I tried to use my Norton Utilities disk on it, but I couldn't see a hard drive to fix.
So then I dug out my Apple installation CD and tried to run Disk Dr...same problem, it can't see a hard drive to fix.
So I Googled the problem and I found something that suggested a SCSI device might be to blame (my scanner is SCSI, so that sounded a likely suspect). So I disconnected the SCSI cable and rebooted.
I ALMOST worked. It started booting, but I got a bomb when the extensions started to load; it said it was an I/O Memory error whatever that means.
Now it's back to the flashing question mark again. So I thought maybe I have no other choice but to re-install everything. But when I click to install from my Apple CD, once again, it can't see a hard drive to install to.
Am I just screwed, or is there anything I can try to get up and running again? I'm way out in the boondocks and there isn't anyone nearby who repairs Macs.