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Des 07-13-2012 01:59 PM

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.

pigoo3 07-13-2012 02:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Des (Post 1424606)
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).

- Nick

Des 07-13-2012 02:39 PM

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

Des 07-13-2012 02:40 PM

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.

vansmith 07-13-2012 02:52 PM

Merged threads - please do not crosspost.

dtravis7 07-13-2012 02:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Des (Post 1424626)
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 $$$.

Des 07-13-2012 03:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dtravis7 (Post 1424634)
Why is that? A new Hard Drive is not that much $$$.

I'm seeing 3rd party options for $400+. 500gb

pigoo3 07-13-2012 03:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Des (Post 1424626)
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

pigoo3 07-13-2012 03:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Des (Post 1424637)
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

dtravis7 07-13-2012 03:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Des (Post 1424637)
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

pigoo3 07-13-2012 03:07 PM

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!;)

Des 07-13-2012 03:18 PM

Thanks everyone. I'm on it!


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