24" imac taking FOREVER to boot up

Discussion in 'iMac' started by msw123307, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. msw123307
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    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.
     
  2. srl7741
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    Try repairing permissions and see if that helps.

    Utilities folder/ Disk Utility
     
  3. AlexisV
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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.
     
  4. JrdBeau
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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.
     
  5. VisionSeven
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    I'm having the same problems right now.
    My iMac won't boot up :confused:
    It stays on the boot screen.

    Anymore iMac users with this problem???
     
  6. JrdBeau
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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
     
  7. VisionSeven
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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

    :eek:
     
  8. JrdBeau
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    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
     
  9. VisionSeven
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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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