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    Unhappy Please help got pranked cannot get past loading screen of death
    Hi first of I apologize for any errors I may of made I am posting this from a iPhone. So I rush into things I saw on the net that some guy said that typing sudo rm -rf in terminal will give u awesome features so I typed it in without reading the rest only to find out when I thought nothing was happening I checked the site again and found out what I did.

    My IMac is now stuck at the grey screen with the apple and scrolly rotating thing. I tried and it won't go into safe mode and there is a disc in the drive which won't come out so I couldn't try putting my snow leopard disc in. I back up my Mac every day so I don't mind restarting how can I get my computer working?

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purekilla99 View Post
    So I rush into things I saw on the net that some guy said that typing sudo rm -rf in terminal will give u awesome features...
    What the "awesome" features did you expect from simply typing in a terminal command?

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    Here are a list of ways to force eject the CD.
    Force Eject a Stuck CD or DVD - Mac Guides

    Once you get that out then you can boot from your OS disk and reinstall.

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    Yay got disk out thanks for the help. I put in my Mac os x snow leopard cd in rebooted and tried pressing c key aswell i rebooted again and tried command key just in case thats what was ment and nothing is happening do I have to put origanal Mac cd in? When trying I heard my disc move but yer nothing happened. I'm only a teenager and don't know computers well sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purekilla99 View Post
    Yay got disk out thanks for the help. I put in my Mac os x snow leopard cd in rebooted and tried pressing c key aswell i rebooted again and tried command key just in case thats what was ment and nothing is happening do I have to put origanal Mac cd in? When trying I heard my disc move but yer nothing happened. I'm only a teenager and don't know computers well sorry
    Have to hold down the "c" key while it is rebooting.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Kid, don't do stuff to your computer unless you already know what the result is going to be! Read, research, ask first...

    How did that reboot go this time?

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    Wow, um... This reminds me of the time I tried to install Ubuntu and somehow wiped my harddrive. Its insane that that kind of terminal command doesn't have some kind of warning, like sudo commands.

    EDIT: I see it IS a sudo.

    Why didn't you read the warning that popped up? Better safe than sorry, a prime example.
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