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    Spinning gear at startup

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    Spinning gear at startup
    Have an old iMac late 2006 that I was handing down to my daughter after purchasing an iMac Mini and learning the hard way that I could not use the iMac monitor as a monitor for the Mini (after being told it was possible by the Apple store sales person).

    The issue is that it does not seem to be able to find the startup disk. I've tried all of the Apple advised methods including re-installing the OS. After re-install, I was happy to see that it restarted from the CD to the HD and I appeared to be back in business. Unfortunately I got the rainbow freeze and haven't been able to get back on since.

    In my attempt to use the iMac as the monitor for the Mini, I may have confused the system as to which drive it wants. But when I restart with the Option key pressed, it offers my HD as a startup option but will not boot to it.

    It would be odd timing to be a hardware issue but I'm reading that SATA cable could be a culprit and possibly the logic board.

    Any thoughts would be appreciate as it would make a great bedroom computer for my 14 year old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Des View Post
    It would be odd timing to be a hardware issue but I'm reading that SATA cable could be a culprit and possibly the logic board.
    If you can successfully boot the computer from an OS disk...and have trouble booting from the hard drive...it could be that the hard drive has failed or is failing (maybe time for a new HD).

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    Spinning gear at startup

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    Thanks, I was afraid of that
    Not worth investing in a new HD for a 6 year old machine though.

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    Spinning gear at startup

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    Spinning gear at startup
    Have an old iMac late 2006 that I was handing down to my daughter after purchasing an iMac Mini and learning the hard way that I could not use the iMac monitor as a monitor for the Mini (after being told it was possible by the Apple store sales person).

    The issue is that it does not seem to be able to find the startup disk. I've tried all of the Apple advised methods including re-installing the OS. After re-install, I was happy to see that it restarted from the CD to the HD and I appeared to be back in business. Unfortunately I got the rainbow freeze and haven't been able to get back on since.

    In my attempt to use the iMac as the monitor for the Mini, I may have confused the system as to which drive it wants. But when I restart with the Option key pressed, it offers my HD as a startup option but will not boot to it.

    It would be odd timing to be a hardware issue but I'm reading that SATA cable could be a culprit and possibly the logic board.

    Any thoughts would be appreciate as it would make a great bedroom computer for my 14 year old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Des View Post
    Not worth investing in a new HD for a 6 year old machine though.
    Why is that? A new Hard Drive is not that much $$$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    Why is that? A new Hard Drive is not that much $$$.
    I'm seeing 3rd party options for $400+. 500gb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Des View Post
    Not worth investing in a new HD for a 6 year old machine though.
    A new or used HD would cost less than $50 bucks. I see plenty on Craig's List very cheap (and they operate fine).

    A new HD only seems expensive when you aren't aware of all your options.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Des View Post
    I'm seeing 3rd party options for $400+. 500gb
    You're clearly looking in the wrong places...and you don't need a 500gig drive.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Des View Post
    I'm seeing 3rd party options for $400+. 500gb
    No way. Try $100 or less. That is a SATA drive. Are you looking at SSDs?

    Is that G5 iMac the iSight Model? 2006? You sure it's a G5?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148432

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    One VERY quick example ($37.99):

    Newegg.com - Seagate Pipeline HD ST3160316CS 160GB 5900 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    - Nick

    p.s. And like I said...you could probably pick up a lightly used HD off Craig's List for $20 or less. Some folks don't like buying used HD's...but hey...you're installing it into a 6 year-old computer!
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    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
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    Thanks everyone. I'm on it!

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