Flashing grey question mark on new iMac.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by naasrd, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. naasrd macrumors 6502

    naasrd

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    I went to buy a 4 month old iMac this evening, when the seller turned it on all we got was a flashing grey question mark. The seller seems legit, the store receipt was included in the deal. He managed to get the option to reinstall OS X but I left saying I'd call again tomorrow. Should I leave this sale or is it just something simple?
     
  2. voicebox macrumors newbie

    voicebox

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    Hi naasrd,
    Flashing grey question mark means that on starting up the iMac, the operating system cannot be found. I would go back and check that the seller has now reinstalled the iMac's operating system. He might have become confused when he was wiping all his stuff prior to selling the iMac! If the price is right, a 4 month old iMac is too good to miss!
     
  3. naasrd thread starter macrumors 6502

    naasrd

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    Yes
    Thanks. yes, he wiped everything.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    Yeah... sounds like he just goofed when trying to erase the drive before selling. On a new machine like that, you can just use Internet recovery to reinstall the OS. If you go back and he has now downloaded and installed the OS and it is working, I would not worry about it.
     

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