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    Can somebody tell me what is going on here?..


    I'm starting to lose faith in Apple due to problems with my i-mac. Can someone tell me what is going on???

    To start off this is the second time in two weeks i've had to reinstall snow leopard, the first time I lost everything (all my music from not using the time machine and backing it up).

    Out of the blue one morning I turned it on and all I got for the 4 hours was the the white screen with apple symbol and the little turning symbol.. turning, turning, thinking, thinking... But it didn't boot??

    I looked up the diagnosis problems on google and in these forums from my i-phone.

    1. I disconnected all USB items and held my finger on power button to restart again... Still was thinking, thinking for two hours and nothing.

    2. I booted from the install disk, ran repair in utilities, repaired restarted, still no boot. It was thinking, thinking for three hours.

    3. By the end of it I was peed and just wiped the hard drive again and reinstalled snowy again.

    What is causing this? I don't visit unknown sites, I shutdown and look after it properly... Is it the heat lately as we have had some 40 degree days here in Sydney.

    If some-one has a solution as to why it wont boot on startup I would greatly appreciate it, as i'm a graphic designer and I cant afford to keep wasting my time reformatting every week.

    The system is the older model, Dual Intel processor i-mac, 250 gig, 2 MB of ram upgraded to snow leopard. 10.6.

    Has been in my ownership for 6 months will be lucky to reach 12 at this rate.

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    If your machine boots properly from the DVD drive when you reinstalled the system software I suspect that there may be an issue with the hard drive.I've gotten that screen for a bit longer than usual after installing something new but never that long. Did it also do the extended period of "thinking" right after you reinstalled the software?
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    No after a reinstall of the software it restarts and boots fine from the power up, same as last time it will work how it should for a couple of weeks than lose its mind and think hard about booting.

    It maybe the hard drive like you said?

    Hope not...

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    Sure sounds like failing hard drive. Download a little utility called SMARTReporter, version 2.5.6 and let it monitor the drive.


    corecode->SMARTReporter

    Better the hard drive than a logic board!
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    Sure, thanks for the help.



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    I agree the HD is most likely to blame here. Not really any other reason I can think of either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simmo19801 View Post
    What is causing this? I don't visit unknown sites, I shutdown and look after it properly... Is it the heat lately as we have had some 40 degree days here in Sydney.
    Not the heat mate as i live a few k's down the road and my MBP is aye ok !!!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Simmo19801 View Post
    Has been in my ownership for 6 months will be lucky to reach 12 at this rate.
    Have faith. Take it into the Bondi store get them to check it over and jump in the ocean for a swim and cool down a bit

    I agree on the HD as well. As i said have faith as this could happen to any PC you own .......

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    hahaha im chilled now, just annoying when you lose 80gig of music>My fault for not backing it up.

    Yeah Bondi will do mate.

    They are the best, never ever go back to windows again...

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    HAHA good to hear mate.
    It would be annoying to lose 80gb music but if you need a good back up strategy, Mcbie has written a well thought out sticky that might come in handy too you

    Backup, backup, backup.

    Windows ?? what, why, how and when lol

    I know what ya mean there . . . . Post back once you have taken it in to the boys/girls @ Bondi and let us know the results

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simmo19801 View Post

    The system is the older model,
    There you go; self-diagnosed. They wear out.

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    I have a question for the panel about this. as a long time PC Tech. I have seen this also be ram that can cause this. sounds like the files are getting corrupt in some way. Just my two cents. But I would agree most likely the hard drive, The cash on the drive per say could be the culprit in corrupting the files.
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    Cash? Must be a Windows Tech! Wonder if he means cache?
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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Cash? Must be a Windows Tech! Wonder if he means cache?
    Counterfeit Cache?

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