Horrible problem, iMac wont start up, OSX is corrupted some how.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by The Final Cut, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. The Final Cut macrumors 6502

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    Ok so I have an 8800 GS imac, 3.06 intel core 2, 4 gigs ram. Running snow lepord. I need to resolve an issue where I can not get into OSX. At first I got error messeges saying my external HDD could not read, now it looks like its my primary drive because when I restarted I got the progress bar under the apple logo, indicating that something is wrong with the OS. The bar when to full 100% but then I got stuck at never ending spinning wheel. I restarted and no more progress bar but still the spining wheel of death. I really dont mind refomrating its just that I had some important text documents and other files that I cant get back without recoving them some how. How to proceed? I held down cmd v or s (i forgot) on startup and got a black screen with several problem statements. One reads the system boot strapper has crashed trace BPT trap. Im freaking out.
     
  2. cmaier macrumors G3

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    First, I assume you tried disconnecting your external drive and booting?

    Try booting from the install DVD.
     

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