And like that it was gone! imac dead help pls

Discussion in 'iMac' started by huntaaar, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. huntaaar macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2006
    Need help please with a big problem

    I was using my imac today and it shut off... dead nothing..

    the machine wouldn't power up. checked power cables etc all fine.

    then it started to boot up for about two seconds then off.

    the 15 mins later it came back on in sleep mode by its self.

    the machine wont boot up properly and the screen in very dark at first, after messing with the power button about 5 times it seems to kick in and launch but a still keeps switching off randomly.

    this is the most use i have out of it about (40 mins) since it first happened

    Things I have done recently.

    installed new RAM it was working fine for 2 days before all this

    Installed usb to ethernet drivers from here

    I installed 360connect for my Xbox 360

    I started sharing my internet with my Xbox360 using the imac as the router

    I was actually dong some frantic Ebay buying when it crashed (you never know!)

    The main problem I have is i don't have my original discs only an OS disc so I cant do a hardware test (any ideas how to circumnavigate that?)

    Any help greatly recieved

  2. RealaT macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2008
    Have you tried putting the original RAm back into the iMac?
  3. huntaaar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2006
    Yeah I'm going to try that tomorrow... it was working well before today though?
  4. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2008
    one question, why dont u have ur restore discs i dont understand people how do u loose them or mis place them, anyway call apple, first thing id do....
  5. huntaaar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2006
    I gave them away in return for a magic bean...
  6. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2008
    :eek: then get ur coupons and send it to apple to get new ones, *cough Moron cough* sorry but i cant tell if ur being serious or scarcastic because i cant hear u or see ur reaction
  7. Muncher macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2007
    Is your name Jack by any chance?

    I think it's sarcasm, but I'm not quite sure. :rolleyes::rolleyes::eek::p:D

    @OP: Take it in to an Apple Store.
  8. rfruth macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2007
    I'd start backing stuff out till it works again (1st up the RAM) or you can pay someone to do it 4 you :p
  9. huntaaar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2006
    Well thanks for to those of you that actually tried to help...

    You can't tell? perhaps you would interested in buying the bean then *cough those in glass houses cough*

    You know sometimes i wonder where the hostility towards people that don't know much about computing comes from in these places ... then I just think to myself how I would feel if i'd never seen a naked women in the flesh.

    I lost the discs in a house fire along with alot of other stuff, the mac was in a different house at the time GOD I'M SO STUPID ARN'T I...
  10. nufanec macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2005
    Meh, just ignore him.

    Sorry to hear about your iMac. What exactly happens when you turn the machine on. Do you get any lights, do the fans spin up, is there any noise/beeps. If the sleep LED comes on, what does it do? Does it flash?
  11. huntaaar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2006
    Its a strange one, the machine is running now (i'm on it) and working ok but lt still just switches off cold in a split second. When it went down there was nothing, then the slow flashing light when it came back on by itself.

    The more I think about it's more than likely the RAM I put in... saying that the network I set up with my xbox has stopped working (well networking) despite it running 100% yesterday and me not changing a thing...

    Maybe its actually possessed or I am comp illiterate or a spooky combination of the two
  12. nufanec macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2005
    It sounds to me like the RAM might not be fully seated. Try reseating it and making sure that it is fully pushed in. Its not something I've seen a lot of in desktops but on laptops I have seen people complaining that the machine just switches off intermittently when moved after installing RAM. In most cases it is that the RAM has not been fully inserted and when the machine is moved, they come loose.

    If it starts not turning on again, check the LED and see if it is flashing. If it is, it quite often indicates a RAM issue.
  13. Etherz10 macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2008
    United Kingdom
    I upgraded my RAM recently and i didnt put it in properly and it didnt boot

    so dont worry m8:)
  14. huntaaar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2006

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