gray imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Mac7, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. Mac7 macrumors 6502a

    Mac7

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    What could be the problem with an iMac that displays a gray screen with a spinning wheel on it?
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Is this during boot up? Does it turn to a question mark later on?

    While booting up, hold alt (option) and tell me the options you see show up.
     
  3. Mac7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    actually this is a problem with a iMac I was looking into buying, and I was just trying to see if it was going to be an easy fix or not.
     
  4. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Well, if it is during boot up, the hard drive has failed. That may be the only issue, but then again...
     
  5. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like it can't find a bootable partition. Either the hard drive was wiped out and not restored or the hard drive is failing or has failed. If either of these is the case, it should eventually go to a folder with a flashing question mark (1 or 2 minutes later I would guess).
     
  6. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Yes, sorry, I forgot to consider that Mac OSX might not be installed.:rolleyes:

    Make sure the seller re-installs Mac OSX if it isn't already. Also make sure they include the install disks.
     
  7. Mac7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well this is how the seller describes it "I WAS USING THIS COMPUTER TO MAKE MY MUSIC ON, I PUT A DISC THAT CAME WITH THE COMPUTER IN, AND IT STARTED A NEWER VERSION OR SOMETHING IT GIT STUCK I TURNED IT OFF THEN BACK ON AND IT WAS STUCK ON THE GRAY SCREEN OF DEATH."

    sorry for the all caps, I just copied and pasted, didn't fill like retyping all of that.
     
  8. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Could be an incomplete installation, but more likely than not it isn't.

    Don't go though with the purchase. Not worth the risk IMO unless they are REALLY selling it cheap, where you would be paying only for the parts (no more than $100)
     
  9. Mac7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  10. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    You can get MUCH better deals than that for WORKING iMacs.

    Watch Apple's refurb store too. They don't have any 20" iMacs in stock now, but they may come in and out.
     
  11. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    $1100 for a non-working iMac? goodness, get a grip and run away.
     

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