booting problems

Discussion in 'iMac' started by leighbooth, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. leighbooth macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2011
    So I'll start at the beginning....

    Imac been running a bit sluggish - so I installed 'Main Menu' and did some cleaning. I got a bit carried away performing all the tasks and the one I mostly regret performing was rebuilding spotlight.

    This was taking ages, and my Mac was running SUPER SLOW, and it said 61 hours to go - and I was worried that it was stuck and not actually rebuilding. I looked on the forums and someone suggested, restarting in safe mode to get it moving again.

    SO, I tried safemode - by pressing s on restart - NOTHING, wouldn't boot, so I turned off the power and tried to start normally - same problem. I then thought to put in my Snow Leopard disk and pressing c, BUT now the wireless keyboard won't work.

    I have had a grey screen with apple and spinning cog for an hour.

    I have a spare Macbook, which I am on right now, and a firewire cable - but I can't seem to use the wireless keyboard.

    If anyone knows anything I can try - I would be eternally grateful


  2. Detrius macrumors 68000

    Sep 10, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    It sounds like you have a bad hard drive. Boot the iMac into target disk mode by holding down the T key. You may be able to get the data off via FireWire.

    Holding down the "s" key on boot does nothing. Holding down shift is safe boot. Holding down command-s is single user mode. Holding down command-v is verbose mode and will show you what's going on behind that spinning gear.

    Get a keyboard that connects via USB.

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