4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 9, 2013 1:29 PM by baltwo
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Hey guys,

So my iMac has had its first real problem since I bought it in 2010.

 

Yesterday I was browsing the internet on my iMac via tethering from my smart phone (Samsung galaxy ace, on vodafone, if that means anything) when suddenly it froze and I got the colourful spinning loading wheel and couldn't click on anything. This went on for long enough that I lost patience and turned off the Mac (by holding the power button) with the intention to start fresh. Nope, now I can't access my desktop anymore. Now, whenever I turn my Mac on it I see the grey screen with apple logo with the spinning loading thing under it, this lasts about 30 seconds and then it shows me a 'prohibited symbol' (i.e. A circle with a stroke in it). I then have to turn the computer off, and this repeats when I try startup again.

 

Now, after some googling a found that this is probably a "kernel panic". But the problem is that none of the solutions I've read seem to work.

 

- I tried booting in safe mode by holding shift but it didn't seem to activate it..? (and I know its not a problem with the keyboard because I tried starting up and holding alt and that worked)

- I also tried booting from my installs disc but that didn't work either, it just loads for a while then it gives me the prohibited symbol again.

- I also know its probably not a problem with my hardware because everything is unplugged except my USB mouse.

 

Some other facts:

- I'm running Mac osx 10.6.2 (its all I've ever run, never updated)

- strangely, the windows partition of my hard drive works fine. I just hold alt and then can still access windows. But then as soon as I try to tether the internet from my phone again, it works for about 2 minutes and then I get a quick bleu screen and the comp restarts, which makes me think this kernel panic was induced by furthering my internet.

- On one of my startups yesterday I got a flashing folder icon with a question mark on it, all the other times its been the prohibited symbol.

 

I have a time machine hard drive that I can resort to if worse comes to worse, but the last time I backed up was about 2 months ago, which means id lose my creative work from the past 2 months (im a musician and ive been working on an album), which is obviously not preferable.

 

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! Please let me know id you need anymore info.

 

Cheers,

Nic


iMac (27-inch Late 2009), iOS 6.1.2