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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.


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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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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 !!!!!


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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.

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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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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?

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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Cash? Must be a Windows Tech! Wonder if he means cache?
Counterfeit Cache?
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