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iMac won't boot from install disc

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Nov 10, 2010 6:49 AM
My iMac has been running a little slow the past two days and so I ran Disk Utility. DU reported that I had the incorrect number of thread records and an invalid volume count. It instructed me to repair the disk by booting from the install disc. The problem is that when I try to boot from the install disc (after I choose the disc from the options), I just get a gray screen with the apple logo on it. Nothing else happens, no disc activity, nothing.

Anyone have any ideas as to how to get my iMac to boot from the disc and, ultimately, to get Repair Disc running from DU?

Thanks,

Rich
iMac 2.66 GHz Intel Core i5, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,325 points)
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    Nov 10, 2010 7:15 AM (in response to OldBergkamp)
    Hi Rich

    Welcome to Apple Support Communities

    Insert your Install DVD and go to: Apple > System Preferences > Startup Disk > select the Mac OS X Install DVD and click Restart.

    Be patient... If you think your iMac is running slow wait until you see how long it takes to boot and how slow things run from the DVD.

    Once booted from the DVD, skip the Installer and open Disk Utility from the menu bar. Then in Disk Utility, select your Macintosh HD, select the First Aid tab and click the Repair Disk button.

    Dennis
    Early Core Duo - 320GB WD Caviar Blue HDD - 2GB RAM - 21.5 LG Display - iPad -, Mac OS X (10.6.4), - Maxtor FireWire HD's - WD Passport - Nikon - Epson - 80GB Classic - 2GB Nano
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,325 points)
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    Nov 10, 2010 7:22 AM (in response to OldBergkamp)
    I suggested going that way, because some folks with wireless keyboards have trouble using the Option key to get to the Startup Manager. > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1310
    Early Core Duo - 320GB WD Caviar Blue HDD - 2GB RAM - 21.5 LG Display - iPad -, Mac OS X (10.6.4), - Maxtor FireWire HD's - WD Passport - Nikon - Epson - 80GB Classic - 2GB Nano
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,325 points)
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    Nov 10, 2010 12:02 PM (in response to OldBergkamp)
    It should only take a minute or so at most to boot from the DVD.

    If your sure you have the correct Install Disk for that iMac, I'd start over. Then if it still doesn't work then perhaps a trip to your Local Apple Service Provider with the Disk or Disk and iMac is in order.

    http://www.apple.com/buy/locator/service/

    Alternately using the correct Disk as per the following article, see if you can run the Apple Hardware Test? > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1509
    Early Core Duo - 320GB WD Caviar Blue HDD - 2GB RAM - 21.5 LG Display - iPad -, Mac OS X (10.6.4), - Maxtor FireWire HD's - WD Passport - Nikon - Epson - 80GB Classic - 2GB Nano
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,325 points)
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    Nov 10, 2010 1:17 PM (in response to OldBergkamp)
    Your welcome!
    Early Core Duo - 320GB WD Caviar Blue HDD - 2GB RAM - 21.5 LG Display - iPad -, Mac OS X (10.6.4), - Maxtor FireWire HD's - WD Passport - Nikon - Epson - 80GB Classic - 2GB Nano

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