I had moved my info to this new iMac with the migration assistant less then a week ago. The machine now wont even boot, I gave it the sign of the cross, dust to dust. Just lost a bunch of music which my son bought just this afternoon, from iTunes. :-( the can laugh all the way to the bank. My old mac (pre intel) is working ok, it is 8 years old, and I have it backed up.
Apple is supposed to call me in the morning, maybe there is some weird way to boot it, I had no luck with the discs provided.
When you started your Mac with the system DVD I see you were uable to run disk utility. What you should have done is exit the installer and start disk utility from the untilities menu. http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1782
That DVD is now stuck in my 2 week old iMac, and I cant boot from it, just get an apple logo and the little circle going round and round. I hold down the letter C as I try to boot but nothing happens, finally just have to hit the power switch.
On my previous attempt before the machine went totally south, I did boot off of that DVD, everything looked the same though, except that it had openned a small window which said "Install OSX". On my older mac, I had to do this once and it brought up a totally different looking display. So I should have closed that window and tried to use finder to find the disk utility on that DVD or was there someplace in that little window to get the disk utility? What I had done was applications/utilities/disk utilty and then did the find permissions errors, and fix permissions errors, then check again.
Thanks again for your assistance
Got help from Apple today.
My power management was hosed up so iMAC could not boot from DVD.
Unplugged power for 15 seconds
rebooted from DVD
ran disk utility repair disk
repair failed and stated that I should backup and rebuild
backed up with firewire to old mac by holding down "T" when starting new iMac,
rebooted with DVD
disk utility erase HD
restarted rebuild and it is off and running.
Apple said that the HD had a bad install from apple, it was the application directories which were corrupted.