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Old Oct 19, 2008, 07:56 PM   #1
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24" imac taking FOREVER to boot up

I had to shut down my computer today, which I don't normally do. Upon reboot, I noticed that it went to the blue screen after the apple logo, and stayed there for about 10 minutes before finally starting completely.

This is a 24" 2007 alum imac with 4 gb of ram. I don't have many things running on startup, Dropbox, Growl, Simplifymedia (turned this off), and a few other things. But what can I do to remedy this? I have only been using this computer for a few short months. What could be wrong? Thanks.
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Old Oct 19, 2008, 08:02 PM   #2
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Try repairing permissions and see if that helps.

Utilities folder/ Disk Utility
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Old Oct 20, 2008, 08:31 AM   #3
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Put in your OS X CD, hold down C and then select Disk Utility from the drop down menu.

Then repair disk.
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Old Oct 20, 2008, 07:52 PM   #4
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I had the exact same problem a few days ago with my new iMac. Initial bootups were fine. Then, after a reboot, it paused for afew minutes on the white screen with the apple logo, then again on the blue screen for at least 5 minutes. Booting from the install DVD and running repair disk and repair permissions did the trick. Not sure which one actually fixed the problem though.
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Old Oct 20, 2008, 09:04 PM   #5
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I'm having the same problems right now.
My iMac won't boot up
It stays on the boot screen.

Anymore iMac users with this problem???
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Old Oct 20, 2008, 09:09 PM   #6
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I'm having the same problems right now.
My iMac won't boot up
It stays on the boot screen.

Anymore iMac users with this problem???

Are you able to boot from the 1st Install DVD? It took a long time to boot from the DVD when I was having the problem. It eventually came up and allowed me to access Disk Utility
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Old Oct 20, 2008, 09:23 PM   #7
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Are you able to boot from the 1st Install DVD? It took a long time to boot from the DVD when I was having the problem. It eventually came up and allowed me to access Disk Utility
I can boot from the install dvd but i can't repair the Disk Permissions.

It says: Disk Utility stopped repairing permissions on "iMac" beacause the following error was encountered: No valid packages

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Old Oct 20, 2008, 09:31 PM   #8
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I can boot from the install dvd but i can't repair the Disk Permissions.

It says: Disk Utility stopped repairing permissions on "iMac" beacause the following error was encountered: No valid packages

Interesting. I found this on Apple's site that talks about that error. It says it's for 10.3 and 10.4 but I suspect it's also for 10.5.

http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2023?viewlocale=en_US
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Old Oct 20, 2008, 09:48 PM   #9
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Weird. i didn't touch or remove anything.
I was just using my iMac and it suddenly logged me out
I logged back in and the menubar disappeared. I had to manually shut it down.

And now i can't boot it up
It stays at the boot screen.
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