3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 5, 2013 10:30 AM by BDAqua
blackrockguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi,

 

Can anyone help me with a problem I have with an old white 17' iMac. I am attempting to get the machine up and running as a secondary machine  to browse the internet  etc.

 

A year or so ago the machine decided to through a wobbly and froze up on me, all that showed on the screen was a grey "no entry sign" also a disc which was in the drive refused to eject.

 

I managed to get the drive out of the machine but it had obviously decided to give up. The machine would not boot so I rrmoved the hard drive and re-formatted in my hot swap caddy this worked ok.

 

What I need to know is how to add back  the OS on to the hard drive without the built in  drive working, I have an external dvd drive would this work ? I know this machine is just about past it but I would like to get it running again.

 

Blackrockguy

  • 1. Re: Dead Super Drive
    kaz-k Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)
  • 2. Re: Dead Super Drive
    blackrockguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi,

     

    Thanks for the reply, neither of the suggestions worked. I did the press option route and got a blue screen with two buttons-; one with a three quarter circle with an arrow and the other one showing click right arrow. Clicking on either of these shows the mouse arrow reacting with the button (going dark grey) but NO other movement.

     

    Then rather strangely clicking fast on the three quarter circle button brings up what looks like a terminal pane, several lines of type are on this page one saying "mac-boot" which then typed then comes back with invalid word.

    After several tries of doing this it sudeenly changed windows and went to a grey screen with a postage size Finder logo which flashed from Finder logo to question mark and then back again, on this screen the mouse pointer is not available.

     

    Any further ideas anyone or should just skip it!

     

    Blackrockguy

  • 3. Re: Dead Super Drive
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,470 points)

    I did the press option route and got a blue screen with two buttons-; one with a three quarter circle with an arrow and the other one showing click right arrow.

    Any bootable drive should show between those 2, 1st one is look again for boot devices, 2nd one is boot from selected device, so it seems to be having trouble finding even the Hard Drive.

     

    Tough without the Install disc, but some things to try...

     

    Does it boot to Single User Mode, CMD+s keys at bootup, if so try...

     

    /sbin/fsck -fy

     

    Repeat until it shows no errors fixed.

     

    (Space between fsck AND -fy important).

     

    Resolve startup issues and perform disk maintenance with Disk Utility and fsck...

     

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106214