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Cannot boot 2006 iMac

281 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 4, 2012 5:49 PM by natere2 RSS
Welby Barentsen Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Feb 4, 2012 2:43 PM

Had spinning beach ball.  7 hours still spinning.  Unplugged iMac.  Waited 30 minutes, still will not boot.  Now just have whilte screen with folder with question mark in center.  After a minitue the screen is just gray with nothing on it.  Help?

  • richardfromsalmon arm Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Feb 4, 2012 3:52 PM (in response to Welby Barentsen)

    Sounds like your hard drive has died. if you other computer is an apple you can try target disk mode.

  • natere2 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 4, 2012 5:49 PM (in response to Welby Barentsen)

    I have a similar problem.


    When doing the software update, my computer froze with the kernel panic screen. Now when I boot up, I cannot boot from the CD-ROM drive but I can hold down T and get into Firewire target disk mode.  When I try the OPTION key held down during startup, I get a cursor on the grey screen but no volumes to select.  I have not tried too much else but I think I am gonna swap the hdd out and see if I cannot boot up off the CR ROM then, even though you would think that the hard drive, good or bad, would have nothing to do with being able to boot up off the DVD/CD drive during startup.  Also tried the PRAM trick still the same thing.  I also tried the NETBOOT option and that worked but I dont have an image server on the network. ;(


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