Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Nov 30, 2011
    Posts
    2
    Grey Screen with Question Mark
    I have an early Intel I-Mac running a pre-installed OS 10.4.11 operating system.
    Lately, I've had a lot of trouble getting it to boot up.
    When I start it up I hear a clicking sound for several minutes then I get a grey screen with a question mark. If, after several re-starts, I leave it off for a few minutes a new start will usually boot up and I can get to work. This is very annoying and I'm afraid the whole system will crash.
    Can anyone give me some help?

  2. #2

    vansmith's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 19, 2008
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    19,742
    Specs:
    2012 13" MBP (2.5 i5, 8GB)
    I edited the title for clarity - your username doesn't tell us much .
    Important Links: Community Guidelines : Use the reputation system if you've been helped.
    M-F Blog :: Write for the blog
    Writing a Quality Post

  3. #3

    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Location
    Modesto, Ca.
    Posts
    28,766
    Specs:
    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7 OSX10.11, iMac 2008 OSX10.11, MBP Late2011OSX10.11 , iPhone 3GS Note 8!
    Your hard drive is dying. Back it up ASAP. You can install a new hard drive but on those old white iMacs it's not the easiest thing, but can be done. The clicking is a dead give away for me the drive is failing.

  4. #4

    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    33,334
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Quote Originally Posted by Rolland Sparks View Post
    I have an early Intel I-Mac running a pre-installed OS 10.4.11 operating system.
    Lately, I've had a lot of trouble getting it to boot up.
    When I start it up I hear a clicking sound for several minutes then I get a grey screen with a question mark. If, after several re-starts, I leave it off for a few minutes a new start will usually boot up and I can get to work. This is very annoying and I'm afraid the whole system will crash.
    Can anyone give me some help?
    From what you describe...there's a 99.9% chance that your hard drive is dead...or about to die completely. I would suggest EXTREMELY...the next time you are able to successfully boot with this hard drive...back up your important files ASAP...I cannot stress this enough!!!

    You will then need to purchase & install a new hard drive (and install the OS on the drive).

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  5. #5


    Member Since
    Nov 30, 2011
    Posts
    2
    Thank you to Nick and the others who answered. I've taken the steps to protect myself from the inevitable crash.
    Rolland

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Grey screen w/ a question mark?
    By djtrouble in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-06-2013, 09:56 AM
  2. Grey screen and flashing question mark
    By judith123 in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 04-25-2013, 03:34 PM
  3. PLEASE HELP! OS X v10.3.9 - Grey screen with question mark on startup.
    By Asanta Rai in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-28-2010, 01:44 PM
  4. grey screen with folder question mark
    By Bluetrane478 in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-26-2009, 07:00 PM
  5. Grey Screen, Folder & Blinking Question Mark, Eep!?!
    By prettyinpunk in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 11-19-2008, 01:30 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •