Situation: My iMac purchased about a month ago is unable to boot up. It has a white screen for about 2 min, the Mac OS CD in, and eventually gives the err "No bootable device -- insert boot diska nd prress a key". Unfortunately, the computer is unresponsive at this point.
History: Here's how things got this way. I have 1x 256 Gb SSD and 1x 1 Tb HD, with the Mac OS and my files installed on the former drive, nothing on the latter. I ran the latest version of Bootcamp and ensured Mac OS Lion was up to date. Bootcamp told me I had to format HD first, using Disk Utility. I ran Disk Utility and formatted it for MS-DOS. Returning to Bootcamp is was happy with this and I clicked on things until it told me to insert the Win Install disk for Windows 7. I did so and upon recognising this Bootcamp reboot the computer and the Windows Install app ran. It identified there was a HD it could not install to and a SSD it could. This is wrong, and looking at the partitions it thought were there I knew it was right out to lunch. I cancelled out of it and told it to reboot. Upon rebooting I used the keyboard to eject the Win OS install disk. The iMac then started this cycle of not finding a bootable drive. Unconcerned, as I had not ever touched the SSD where everything was running from, nor installed or partially installed another OS on the other HD, I put in the Mac OS CD and rebooted. Still I got this err sequence and have been unable to eject this CD. I feel my iMac is bricked and am looking for suggestions on how to proceed. I have tried booting up by holding the Option button to no avail. Advice?
Note: In reading http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/boot_camp_install-setup_10.7.pdf I notice there is a similar error message with proposed solution, unfortunately I cannot follow the manual's suggestion, as follows. The manual says when the err msg "No boot disk attached", I should start my computer with the Mac OS and run Bootcamp. While a similar error it is not the same, and, I would love to do what it's telling me to do but I cannot get that far, so please avoid linking me to this doc/solution. Answers that end with "and then there will be cake" will be appreciated