iMac does not boot - hearing strange noise.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by buttercup, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. buttercup macrumors member

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    So this morning my 20" intel iMac appeared to be sleeping. This is strange since I have it set not to sleep. When I tried to wake it I got nothing. I reset it and now when it boots the sleep light comes on but the screen does not (no chime ether) - I do however hear a strange ticking noise as though it is attempting to read the disk drive (no cd is in it.)

    Has anyone seen this problem? I know there is already a similar thread on this but it was resolved and seemed to be related to an install issue and not a hardware failure which I suspect to be the culprit.

    Here is what I have tried so far:
    1. Unplugged all devices.
    2. Unplugged computer for 1 minute to reset it, tried again.
    3. Booted holding down apple+option+P+R
    4. Inserted the Tiger install disk and held down C when it booted.
    (now that there is a disk in the drive it no longer makes the ticking sound..)

    I have called apple and I am going to take it in - just wondering if anyone knows what I should expect?

    (BTW, this is my third apple computer and I have had to have them all serviced. I have also owned two ipods both of which I have had to have replaced for dead hard drives. I really want to love them unconditionally but it is becoming hard. sniff sniff.)
     
  2. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

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    My 20 inch iMac did the same thing, one week after I got it.
    Hard drive was dead. Called Apple they sent me a new iMac and I sent the
    other back
     
  3. buttercup thread starter macrumors member

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    Damn, damn. I need that data!

    And yes, I know I should've been backing up more regularly.. but I was in the middle of a project that I just started a few weeks ago.

    I should find out in the next 24 hours.. I paid for a queue jump. Cross your fingers for me :)
     
  4. buttercup thread starter macrumors member

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