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    Dec 12, 2010
    Unhappy Harddisk or software or virus/
    I have an iMac, 4 years old. OS X 10.6.4 Snow Leopard. I get stuck in various stages of working with it: sometimes after 15 minutes, sometimes even when starting up. The coloured spinning wheel appears and nothing happens, nothing works anymore. I ran Disc-repair and it said I had nothing wrong with my harddisk. I tried to re-install Snow Leopard, but it would n't work. Now I formatted the harddisk and tried to re-install Snow Leopard, but that wouldn't work either. So I installed Tiger and that worked as it should. When I tried to install Snow Leopard then, it wouldn't work again, so now I am installing Leopard and I hope I'll be able to install Snow Leopard after that. Fortunately I have a copy of all my work in Time Machine.
    Has anybody had this problem before? Is it a problem in the software, the harddisk o a virus. ClamXav came up clean. The problem remained with all Airport turned off and the firewall on.

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    cwa107's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    My first guess would be a hardware issue. Start with the Apple Hardware Test:

    Intel-based Macs: Using Apple Hardware Test
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    louishen's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    Its certainly not a virus

    How much RAM does that machine have - 2 gig should be fine for Snow Leopard

    I would run the latest combo update after installing Snow Leopard
    Mac OS X 10.5.6 Combo Update

    Then download ONYX and run a permission reapair and keep ONYX for any future maintenance tasks
    Apple - Downloads - System/Disk Utilities - OnyX

    ... and what cwa107 says ^^^
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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11
    Sounds like the hard drive is on the way out. it is not a virus ~ no viruses for Mac OS X.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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