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    Oct 14, 2012
    My imac will not start
    My imac was doing the color wheel spin for a while so I turned it off. When I turned it back on the screen showed just the apple logo with a spinning wheel (not the usual color wheel) and a bar below showing the progress of loading however it never progressed past about 1/10th of the bar. Help!!! What is wrong with my lovely imac???

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    Member Since
    Dec 11, 2010
    The info you have given us so far isn't enough for a diagnosis. You'll need to do some troubleshooting. - as well as telling us what iMac model (from - about this Mac) and OS X version.
    Start by doing a Safe Boot -
    Start up and after hearing the gong sound, hold the shift key until the computer boots. It will take longer than usual because it is doing some checking and repairs in the background. You can restart normally after that completes - tell us if it then boots up normally? and any other result.

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    Member Since
    Oct 14, 2012
    Here is my system: Snow Leopard Mac OS X 10.6
    Any advice would be appreciated

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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Try inserting the Snow Leopard DVD, and reboot holding down 'C' immediate;y after the chime. If it boots, leave the Installer and go to Utilities > Disk Utility and run Repair Disk and see what is reported.
    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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