New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

iMac - Not Booting!


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
Paslodeus

 
Member Since: Oct 01, 2008
Posts: 2
Paslodeus is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: iMac

Paslodeus is offline
Hi all,

New to the forums, so bare with me!

Got an iMac that refuses to boot. I press the power button, it makes that recognisable tone, boots the grey screen with the Apple Logo. A few seconds later I get the spinning grey wheel, and it just keeps spinning!
Anyone got any suggestions as to what i can do to get it past this stage and complete the boot sequence? Or is it completely borked?!!

Help!!

Kind Regards
Paslodeus
QUOTE Thanks
satrop
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

If you have the OS X install disk you may want to try putting that in at the start of boot up and holding down the "C" button on your keyboard. This will boot your iMac from the CD.

Let me know if that helps at all?

All the best!
QUOTE Thanks
Paslodeus

 
Member Since: Oct 01, 2008
Posts: 2
Paslodeus is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: iMac

Paslodeus is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by satrop View Post
If you have the OS X install disk you may want to try putting that in at the start of boot up and holding down the "C" button on your keyboard. This will boot your iMac from the CD.

Let me know if that helps at all?

All the best!
That's the only problem....the OS X disk is a good few miles away! Can get it....but not for a few days! Kinda need the PC before then!!
Was wondering if there was another way around it!

Thanks for your advice though satrop!

Kind Regards

Paslodeus
QUOTE Thanks
bencoakley

 
Member Since: May 17, 2010
Posts: 2
bencoakley is on a distinguished road

bencoakley is offline
I have a relavant problem. My second hand iMac G5 will not boot past the black screen, no startup tone while power light remains on. After a minute or so the fans become very loud, still no progress?

I managed to temporarily overcome this by switching it off and on a few times to rev up the system...but now it does not even make start up tone. Please help.

Ben
QUOTE Thanks
scathe

 
scathe's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 12, 2009
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Posts: 1,096
scathe is a jewel in the roughscathe is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: 2,4Ghz 15" unibody

scathe is offline
If you hold down the option key during startup, are you prompted with anything? If not it might mean that your HD is gone, or just the boot partition is damaged in some way
QUOTE Thanks
bencoakley

 
Member Since: May 17, 2010
Posts: 2
bencoakley is on a distinguished road

bencoakley is offline
nothing happens! I streamed a film through it last night, seems to be a case of just getting past the initial start up...?
QUOTE Thanks
scathe

 
scathe's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 12, 2009
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Posts: 1,096
scathe is a jewel in the roughscathe is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: 2,4Ghz 15" unibody

scathe is offline
If nothing appears when you hold down the option key, then the computer cannot find any partition to boot from (if you insert a bootame device like a cd/dvd/flash/external then it will show up here, as well as different boot partitions) - this is a cause of some kind of disk error, you will have to run Disk Utility from the Install disks to find out more

even worse, you might need to prepare for the fact that you hard drive might have died - sorry for bad news

Disk Utility might be able to repair any segment faults and errors ... fingers crossed!
QUOTE Thanks
Mac SK

 
Mac SK's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posts: 1,491
Mac SK is a jewel in the roughMac SK is a jewel in the roughMac SK is a jewel in the rough

Mac SK is offline
The part of the system that loads the font for the splash screen is messed up. You boot with extensions off...hold down the shift key after the chime. This will run fsck repair program the words safe mode will appear. Booting in this mode turns off automatic login.
QUOTE Thanks
scathe

 
scathe's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 12, 2009
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Posts: 1,096
scathe is a jewel in the roughscathe is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: 2,4Ghz 15" unibody

scathe is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mac SK View Post
The part of the system that loads the font for the splash screen is messed up. You boot with extensions off...hold down the shift key after the chime. This will run fsck repair program the words safe mode will appear. Booting in this mode turns off automatic login.
interesting always worth a shot
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Optical Drive Fascia Spring? | Repairing Mirrored, Striped RAID Set »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Triple booting Leopard, Ubuntu, and XP on a MBP JAM Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac 10 12-30-2008 08:53 PM
Trouble booting from CD smokeyberra OS X - Operating System 3 06-20-2008 01:11 AM
iMac is not booting, goes to firmware boot :O? luiguiv Apple Desktops 5 04-26-2008 04:14 PM
Booting into darwin rsprenkle OS X - Operating System 0 08-26-2007 04:02 PM
CD's Not Booting :( youngwun0 OS X - Operating System 1 06-28-2007 06:39 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:59 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?