iMac won't boot!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Sideonecincy, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. Sideonecincy macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2003
    Alright well last year I switched my parents from a gateway that was constantly a new problem and was a terrible piece of junk. They bought an iMac. Only 1 problem within a year which was the optical drive quit problem 2:

    Last nite my dad was transferring some pictures from a kodak cd and the computer froze and then it wouldn't boot. He came and told me, so a little later I went and booted it, everything was fine. This morning it wouldn't boot, and I got it to boot around 6pm tonight, but all I was able to do was get to the login screen before the computer locked up. To me, it sounds like one of the files off the cd is corrupted and it has totally locked down the computer.

    Either the computer will boot and lock up, it will give the chime sound which sounds like someone is crumpling a bag of chips, or the computer will not even boot though the fans will run and the light in the front will be on.

    So far I've tried to call applecare and she told me to reboot the computer, pop off the back and try to restart the lcd, and tried to do a force boot. I later tried to do the force boot, tried to do a hardware test (now the hardware cd is inside the computer and I can't get it to let it out), I tried to boot the computer up in target mode to salvage the files and I've tried to Single user boot the computer.
  2. imacintel macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2006
    Your HD may be dying. Has your iMac been making any different clicking noises lately?
  3. tdhurst macrumors 68040


    Dec 27, 2003
    Portland, OR
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia

    What happened here? Did it get anywhere at all?

    Sorry, but this really does sound like a job for a technician at this stage. That's one very messed up machine. :(
  5. Fleetwood Mac macrumors 65816

    Fleetwood Mac

    Apr 27, 2006
    Well, you could always boot the Install DVD and run disk utilty. A repair disk might buy you some time to backup email, photos, etc... This machine should be taken in though.
  6. tessla macrumors newbie


    Jul 5, 2006
    check your memory

    memory failure sounds like crushing a bag of chips and it can cause random locking and not starting - freezing etc ... altho taking it in is the best option if you have not already done so. go to an apple store, if they are near you - they are excellent.

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