7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 13, 2012 6:47 AM by vschafer
vschafer Level 1 (0 points)

I'm sure I did not delete English.  I just deleted a few unusual languages and iMac was still working after that.  But after a Restart, I'm getting a blank screen and I don't know what to do.  I'm running the latest OS version on my iMac (Intel).  What else should I do?

  • BGreg Level 6 (17,495 points)

    See this note for Mountain Lion. This Apple note for all other versions is more complete with options.


    Sort of net of both ... boot into recovery mode by holding the command and r keys down, bring up Disk Utility and repair the disk. Try to boot. If still a blank screen, reboot into recovery mode and reinstall the operating system.

  • vschafer Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you, BGreg


    I was able to bring up and run Disk Utility.  There wasn't much to be repaired and I was happy it would be a good sign but I was wrong.  I still have a blank screen.


    But before I try to reinstall the operating system, I have a question.  My computer was running on 10.8X which was downloaded from App Store.  The only OSX I have is an older version (Leopard).  Will this work or should I try to get a disk for the latest version?

  • BGreg Level 6 (17,495 points)

    You would want to download OS X 10.8 from the App Store via the recovery mode (boot with command + r keys held down).  There's no disk for the latest version, as it's all available online.

  • vschafer Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry for bothering you again, BGreg but unfortunately iMac is asking me to install Lion instead.

    I don't know why but it doesn't show another Recovery Mode option that would let me go online and download OS X 10.8 again.  And to make things worse, we recently moved to another house and now I can find all my previous disks, but Lion.  I'm sure I purchased it online as I always do, but I just can't find my disk.  Any other ideas you could possibly share with me?

  • noondaywitch Level 6 (8,135 points)

    There's no disc for Lion either; it comes via the App Store as a download, same as ML.

  • BGreg Level 6 (17,495 points)

    You may have to do this as a two step process ... install Lion, which gains you access to the App store, then you can download Mountain Lion again.

  • vschafer Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much for your time and help! If it wasn't for you guys, I woud still be opening dozens of moving boxes just trying to find out a disk that I never had.  It took a while but I got it downloaded and my computer now works just fine! Happy Holidays!