7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 12, 2013 7:51 AM by Jonathan Hercock
Jonathan Hercock Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

Hi,

 

Can anyone please give me a clue as to what may be happening with my iMac early 2008.

 

The problem goes in this order:

 

Flash plug in crashes. Plug-in version 11.6.602.171 is installed. (reload keeps working)

Browsers crashes (mainly using Firefox 19.0 for work 'cos I have too, but also Safari and Chrome) reset keeps working

System crashes (run Disk utility) it says different things but here is an example....

 

Verifying volume “JBH iMac”

Checking file systemPerforming live verification.

Checking Journaled HFS Plus volume.

Checking extents overflow file.

Checking catalog file.

Invalid extent entry

Incorrect size for file WScbb6b82af5544594822510a94ae8d65-7c1ea.html

(It should be 8192 instead of 1099511634962)

Checking multi-linked files.

Checking catalog hierarchy.

Checking extended attributes file.

Checking volume bitmap.

Checking volume information.

The volume JBH iMac was found corrupt and needs to be repaired.

Error: This disk needs to be repaired using the Recovery HD. Restart your computer, holding down the Command key and the R key until you see the Apple logo. When the OS X Utilities window appears, choose Disk Utility.

 

 

Verifying volume “JBH iMac”

Checking file systemPerforming live verification.

Checking Journaled HFS Plus volume.

Checking extents overflow file.

Checking catalog file.

Checking multi-linked files.

Checking catalog hierarchy.

The volume JBH iMac could not be verified completely.

Error: This disk needs to be repaired using the Recovery HD. Restart your computer, holding down the Command key and the R key until you see the Apple logo. When the OS X Utilities window appears, choose Disk Utility.

 

Repair with disk utility, and the problems start again.........

 

I have installed a clean system (twice) to no avail, everything is updated to the latest version.

 

I am thinking that the HD is beginning to fail, can anyone please advise?

 

 

Thanks a lot for your thoughts. 

 

 

Finest,

 

J


iMac (20-inch Early 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 duo 3GB Ram
  • 1. Re: iMac problems....HD??
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)

    Check the S.M.A.R.T. status of the HD in Disk Utility, if it's not verified then it's failing. Backup IMMEDIATELY and plan to replace the HD. Also run DU from the Restore Partition of Mountain Lion and run Repair Disk, if any errors appear after running it 2 times get the HD replaced. Finally run Apple Hardware Test in EXTENDED MODE at least 2-3 times in succession, if any errors appear immediately take the machine in for repair.

  • 2. Re: iMac problems....HD??
    Jonathan Hercock Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi rkaufmann87,

     

    thanks for your swift reply.

     

    The SMART status is OK

    DU from ML solves the errors

     

    BUT:

     

    Apple Hardware Test in Ext Mode informs me:

     

    Problem

     

    4MEM/2/40000000: 69424040

     

    Are you please able to interpret that.........maybe a RAM problem from a quick internet search?

     

    Grateful thanks.  J

  • 3. Re: iMac problems....HD??
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)

    I suspect either failed RAM or a Dimm needs re-seating. Remove RAM and reseat.

  • 4. Re: iMac problems....HD??
    RRFS Level 5 Level 5 (4,430 points)

    If you do find your HD is failing under S.M.A.R.T. status you might consider a SSD instead of a regular platter drive. I have the 2.66.model of the same year and my SSD has given my old platform new legs. It is fast and responsive and all my data/storage is now on an external Firewire drive in a hot swappable cradle. By installing a SSD you will decrease the internal temps of the system and probably extend the life of the system. If it were my system I would put 6GB of RAM into it with a 240GB SSD. You can only get a 1.5 Gbs Link Speed but it is so much of an improvement over the HD you will not be looking for a newer/faster model. Mine rocks!!!!

  • 5. Re: iMac problems....HD??
    Jonathan Hercock Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Many thanks, here is an update.....I think we have solved 1 problem and uncovered a second.

     

     

    I have 2 RAM, original 1GB and an additional 2GB Corsair inserted about 6 months ago.

     

    I switched the RAM around and ran Apple Hardware Test (extended mode), it gave the same error code as before, with the exception of the last group of digits.

     

    I took out the 2GB RAM.

     

    I then left inserted only the 1GB original RAM and ran Apple Hardware Test (extended mode - twice) it passed first time and then gave error: 4MOT/1/40000003: HDD - 1341.

     

    Then I switched the 1GB RAM to the other Dimm and ran Apple Hardware Test (extended mode) wich detected error 4MOT/1/40000003: HDD - 1 407

     

    Next I inserted only the 2GB RAM and ran Apple Hardware Test (extended mode) which gave error:

    4MEM/2/40000000: 34a12000

     

    The above reults indicate to me that:

     

    The 2GB RAM is failing.

     

    There is a problem with the HDD fan.  (4MOT/1/400000003: HDD error code - net serch info).

     

    For now I have reseated both RAM (as ML requires 2GB min), and I need to use the iMac.  

    Requested a replacement 2GB RAM from the vendor.

     

    Would welcome any thoughts you may have on the 4MOT HDD. 

    I live in Rio, yesterday it was 38C and real feel of 47C - so running hot would not be a surprise.

     

    Once again, many thanks for your kind consideration.

     

    J

     

    PS - Please post a reply as I should have clicked solved my problem for the RAM suggestion. Tks.

  • 6. Re: iMac problems....HD??
    Jonathan Hercock Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    RRFS,

     

    Yep, that would be a joy.  Budgetary constraints will dictate otherwise. Living in Brazil parts are at least twice the price of the USA.

     

    I am fairly sure that 4GB RAM is all my early 2008 20" will handle, but will be happily informed otherwise.

     

     

    Cheers,

     

    J

  • 7. Re: iMac problems....HD??
    Jonathan Hercock Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    rkaufmann87

     

    Update on the RAM. The iMac is running well, using just the original 1GB RAM,(10.8.2) whilst I wait for the replacement.

     

    Many thanks to rkaufmann 87.

     

    I am ignoring the 4MOT HDD error for now, as everything appears to be stable.