Flashing folder icon after a restart

Discussion in 'iMac' started by richyscot1, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. richyscot1 macrumors member

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    #1
    I have a 24inch aluminum iMac running the latest versions of Snow leopard. It's a little over 2 years old.

    I can turn my computer on and all is fine, I can keep it running for hours on end and nothing is a problem. However, the moment I turn it off or perform a restart I get the flashing folder icon??? It takes about 2 hours before I can boot the computer up again.

    I've tried the following:
    • Resetting PRAM and VRAM
    • Resetting the start up disk information through system preferences
    • pulling an individual RAM module, booting up then trying the same with other RAM module (to check to see whether I have some dodgy RAM)

    At first I though it must be the hard drive, but why can I run my computer with no problems at all.....I had it running for 2 days, and not a problem!! But, the minute I turn it off...that's it, you can forget booting it up for at least another hour :(

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!
     
  2. richyscot1 thread starter macrumors member

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    #3
    I've tried everything suggested by Apple. When I try and boot from the installation disc, it doesn't recognise the internal (boot up) hard drive, it's as if it doesn't exist??? Which surely would suggest that the hard drive is broken??? Or is this a motherboard issue?? Surely whatever it is, it isn't going to be cheap if i have to take it to Apple??!!
     

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