I'm new and at my wit's end after trawlling through the forum. My problem is this:
My iMac started playing up about 3 weeks ago. After searching around, I decided to add more RAM (1Gb to 3Gb) to see if that would help; it did when the computer worked, but it would soon crash. I tried freeing up the harddrive. I have 320Gb, and still had 180Gb free. I backed up my stuff, and got about 200 Gb free. Still no luck. So I tried the new OS route )I was running 10.5.8, perfectly well, but I bought Snow Leopard through the Aplle store. I tried to install, but it would stall at around 27 minutes (sometimes the bar would be half way along, sometimes, only a quarter). This morning I started the installation at 9am, went to work, and when I came back at 2pm, it had stalled and it said there were still 2 and a half hours to go!
I tried and tried to install, but to no avail. I did countless disk verifications, two came back with erros, and these were repaired, after that all of them were clean. Then; all of a sudden, it wouldn't recognise the boot drive, it would only boot from and installation DVD. Whenever I booted without one, it would go to a grey screen with a flashing folder with a question mark. After a couple of hours, I decided to erase the harddrive and start from scratch: problem. Installation KEPS stalling at the 30 minute mark or so. THe installation idsk is 10.6.3. Now and again the Mac makes a noise as if reading the DVD, buut nothing happens. I know this is not normal. Is my HD whacked?
Cheers for your help. I really appreciate it. I'm impressed by you guys who know so much and are willing to help