Help! iMac not booting up!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ttrain, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. ttrain macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2008
    I recently installed new ram into my year old 2.16 ghz intel 20" late 2006 model iMac, upgrading from 1 gb to 3gb. I installed the ram and all seemed to be well. The computer was faster and i was no longer using most of my memory.

    A week later i went to use my iMac and take it out of sleep display which it resorts to after a period of inactivity. The iMac would not respond. This had happened the day before as well, and a simple reboot fixed it, so i didn't panic. I rebooted it and it didn't respond. The power light lit up, and you could hear something whirring on the inside, the fan or the hard drive, or both, but nothing came up on the screen. After a few minutes of being on, the computers screen would turn the white color it is upon start up when the apple logo shows, but the apple logo never showed up and the loading indicator didn't appear.

    I've tried reinstalling the ram, and putting in the old ram. I've tried booting from the install dvd.

    Whatever I try, nothing works. Does anyone here have any suggestions as to what could be wrong?
  2. Tom Sawyer macrumors 6502a

    Tom Sawyer

    Aug 29, 2007
    Sorry to hear about the troubles, that is a bummer indeed. :(

    Since you have put back in the original Ram, it's fairly safe to say that it has nothing to do with what is going on now. Have you tried to zap the pram (you do this by powering up the machine while holding down command-option-P-R).

    Also, here is the apple how to on resetting pram/nvram: Reset PRAM

    Now if you get no response from this operation (no startup sound with reboot etc) then... things may be more serious (logic board failure, etc).

    Generally if it's a Hard Drive failure you will see the ? disk icon indicating the machine can not find it's startup drive.

    Hopefully the zap will do the trick... Beyond that... could try disconnecting ALL peripherals (anything on the USB bus etc) and just turn the computer on with only power connected... see what that does.

    Best of luck! :)

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