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    Comatose iMac
    Hi,

    I put my iMac to sleep last night and this morning, no matter what I've done, it is in a deep coma.

    I've tried:

    Tapping Power button once.
    Force shutdown.
    Pressing Apple S while jiggling mouse.
    Jiggled mouse.
    Tapped numerous keys.
    Powered off and moved iMac to another room.
    Unplugged all unnecessary peripherals.

    Does this look like my iMac is off to the Apple store again???

    Already had new Logic Board and Screen on a 8mth old iMac G5.

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    Interesting, does the light (the light that looks like the imac is breathing) on the whole time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerBookG4
    Interesting, does the light (the light that looks like the imac is breathing) on the whole time?
    Hi PowerBookG4, thanks for your post.

    Yep, the light is on and pulsing. If I tap the PowerButton the HD starts up and the light goes off, then returns to breathing mode, and nothing but a black screen stares at me.

    Just then when I was trying to revive it for the umpteenth time without luck,I held the PowerButton for 4secs to force it to power down, the fan went mental and made such a noise so I held the PowerButton for another 4secs and it shutdown properly.

    I need my iMac daily and the AppleStore take weeks to fix it. The withdrawal symptoms are not a pretty sight! And my PC is no iMac G5 either!

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    The computer only acts funny when putting it to sleep? Or does it have any symptoms when its awake?
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    force restart?

    openapple-control-powerbutton simoultaneusly...

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    last resort: unplug, wait 5 minutes, turn back on.....it is the 'force re-start for crazy people'

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    Quote Originally Posted by coach_z
    last resort: unplug, wait 5 minutes, turn back on.....it is the 'force re-start for crazy people'

    -chris

    I think he's tried that already

    -"Powered off and moved iMac to another room."

    That's really weird that it just won't turn on anymore, maybe the screen went bad? Do you hear any sounds? Does it make the start-up chime at all?

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    Thanks for your posts PowerBookG4, macAttack, coach_z and eon,

    I can't get it to boot at all, I've tried all your suggestions and all I get is a slight whirring sound near the Disc Drive Slot and the sound of the fan starting. The whirring sound quits after about 3 secs and the powerlight either pulses or doesn't come on at all.

    Prior to this I had no problemos at all with putting it to sleep or waking it up.

    I did have a major problem 3 days ago which has since been rectified.

    X11 (needed before OpenOffice.Org will launch) malfunctioned and even when reinstalled from my Tiger disc still refused to work.

    My iMac continued functioning throughout this, I just couldn't finish the doc I was creating using OOo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macAttack
    force restart?

    openapple-control-powerbutton simoultaneusly...
    What do you mean by openapple?

    I tried option-apple-control-powerbutton simultaneously and this is what happened:

    The iMac was on but nothing was working, no display, no light on bottom right of panel, slight fan sound and maybe whirring, then I pressed the above combo option-apple-control-powerbutton....and it put the iMac to sleep with the pulsing light.

    I tried to wake it up but still nothing???

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    sorry, by open apple i mean the button to the direct left of the spacebar. Sounds like your computer could be completely dead, be it power supply (unlikely) motherboard (perhaps) hard drive (maybe) and possibly many other things...

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    Quote Originally Posted by macAttack
    sorry, by open apple i mean the button to the direct left of the spacebar. Sounds like your computer could be completely dead, be it power supply (unlikely) motherboard (perhaps) hard drive (maybe) and possibly many other things...
    Thanks macAttack, I just dropped my iMac off for repair. They mentioned faulty backlight initially but my main concern is how long they'll have it for.....I'm missing it already!

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    Keep us posted on it if you would. You sure have had a lot of problems in a short time. I have an iMac G5 2.1 and so far solid. Maybe you got a defective machine. I am sure they will take care of it for you.

    I would really miss mine if it was gone.

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    Will do dtravis7.

    My 1 year warranty expires at the end of Oct and I really need the AppleCare Extended Warranty.

    The only thing is that I'm cash strapped with a huge winter power bill just in.

    I'll have to pay it off as the way my machine has been going I'd be insane not to protect my asset!

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