Mac won't boot! Just keeps running fans!!!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Apple!Freak, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2005
    East Coast
    I have been messing around with my 20" iMac for about three hours now and it simply blows... literally. I restarted it three hours ago and ever since, I only can get to the white screen with the apple logo, and then after two minutes the fans start up on full power (like a 747 is getting ready for take-off) and it stays like that for at least five minutes to where my patience run out and I turn it off (for as much as 30 minutes) then try booting it again.

    Same thing! Any suggestions on what to do?

    WOWOWOW! Talk about a coincidence.... I think my iMac sitting on the desk behind me saw me writing this and decided to work. Now it's waiting for my password at login. So I guess it works now, but what was wrong and what do I do if it happens again????
  2. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Bad RAM? Take out any third party chips where applicable.

    If you start from the OSX disks, does it still give you grief? Is it making any other strange noises apart form the fans like beeping (bad RAM or PMU) or clicking (bad hard disk)?
  3. macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    I think it might be a hard drive issue.. just my guess tho
  4. macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2004
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2005
    I think maybe its the HD, if you power on the machine then immediately hold down the Apple key and the V key on the keyboard until you see a black screen with white text, see where it stops then post the last few lines on this thread, if it says something about disk i/o error then you have a faulty hard drive.

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