Help ASAP

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stephenxiii, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Im in need of help soo badly.
    I have an 20" intel aluminum imac (2007) i think.
    it since has been sluggish etc so i decided to do a clean instal with a previous
    version Lion to Snow Leopard
    So i entered my Snow Leopard disk - Disk Uility- Erase disk
    so i can do a clean instal, After reboot i get a boot screen with my disk spinning
    and nothing happens.

    Now i cant eject my disk (ive tried all the usual stuff to eject)
    and have no os to use
     
  2. macrumors 603

    blueroom

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    #2
    Whew, by the title I thought it was something important.
     
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    McGiord

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    #3
    Re-boot in verbose mode.
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty sure it's because it's booting from the disk which takes a long time lol.

    Be patient.:apple:
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well it is something important as i have to get it ready for the morning.

    i know its not booting from the disk as it has been idle for over 3 hours lol

    i had forgot about Re-boot in verbose mode. But still no luck

    anyone else want to try and help
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    Did you hold down the option key when you rebooted so it will run off the disk?
     
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    Macman45

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    Could be:

    1) Incorrect media version

    2) Damaged or unreadable media

    3) inoperable optical drive.

    To force eject the disk:


    http://guides.macrumors.com/Force_Eject_a_Stuck_CD_or_DVD


    Once ejected, try cleaning the media, inspect for any scratches etc, and check that the disk you are using is here correct version for your Mac...They are NOT all the same.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

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    i have got into the disk utility part and it wont unmount or eject the disk
    wtf is going on
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    So it booted into to the OS from the disk?
     
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

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    not quite its booted into the instal part of the os, but wont instal it as its
    10.5 and not 10.4
     
  11. macrumors 6502a

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    what kind of error is it throwing up if it's not installing?
     
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    Macman45

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    You must have the original media that was supplied with your Mac... If you don't have it, Apple will sell it to you. Contact them with model number, you can not install from incorrect media.
     
  13. thread starter macrumors regular

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    i have the 10.4 that was issued with with my imac
    but as i said i have the wrong disk in my drive
     
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    Razorhog

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    #14
    Restart it and hold down the mouse button until the disc ejects.
     
  15. thread starter macrumors regular

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    As I have said all the normal force eject stuff doesn't work.

    If I'm to take it to my local apple store will they charge to fix it and how much
     
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    Macman45

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    You tried all those steps in my previous post? See if anything here might help:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2097?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US


    If this won't do it then you will have to take it in...Depends on just how much they have to do as to what they will charge....But you can at least ask.
     

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