I was a bit sketchy earlier as it wasn't my machine. I've since had a hands on and brought it back to base.
As it stands its not responding to any start up keys. I did get it to eject the disk that was in it once by holding F12 on start up but since then I can't do anything. I have the system disk in but it fails to respond to me holding C on start up. I suspect this may be to do with the wireless keyboard so I just need to stick one of my wired keyboards on it (hence bring it back to base).
I won't have chance to do any more on it now until the morning.
For the record its an early 2006 20" Intel iMac.
I've put a wired keyboard and mouse on it and I can't get it to react. It always goes straight to the apple logo and swirling gear.
C (leopard DVD in the drive)
T (I was going to hook my Mac to it and get some documents off for safety)
F12 (I can't even get the disk out now)
I've already pulled the modules yesterday. I do however have an update.
I have taken off my shiny aluminum keyboard and stuck on an old white one. I can now use:
T and have taken a look at the drives contents from my PowerBook
Alt and then selected the Leopard install DVD from which Disk Utility says every thing is ok
Cmd-Alt-P-R again just for giggles and to confirm it took ok the first time
It still won't boot as normal or by holding Shift
I've just done a Cmd-V and the iMac is repeatedly crashing on boot with the following:
CoreFoundation: failed to dynamically link symbol _CFSocketStreamCreatePair
CoreFoundation: failed to dynamically link symbol _CFErrorCreateWithStreamError
CoreFoundation: failed to dynamically link symbol _CFStreamErrorFromCFError
I'd already successfully done an archive and install from the Leopard disk (retail) which restored my applications, users and settings.
Why do you suggest using the Tiger disk, or is it because you didn't know which Leopard disk I had?
Also, any idea what may have caused the problem?
Message was edited by: Redsmartie
Because I didn't trust the Leopard core. I would have COMPLETELY erased Leopard simply because I would want to start with a clean slate.
Something went nuts, and I would have taken everything out and started over completely.
How-ever, if everything is working correctly now, then obviously you made the right choice.
I just don't like not knowing what caused the problem in the first place and without knowing that, then the problem can return.
Or it may not.
Sorry that I was not very much help.