Imac frozen in osx start up screen

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by seancellis, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. seancellis macrumors newbie

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    I'm running on a imac g4 and have gotten stuck in the start-up screen. The screen shows the loading gauge but nothing is loading. What do I do?!:eek:
     
  2. soberbrain macrumors 65816

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  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

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    Don't unplug the Mac while it's trying to boot! The chances of hosing the hard drive are significant. If need be, hold the power button until the Mac powers down. I would try to restart in Single User Mode and run fsck on the drive. Here's how it's done:

    Restart with the cmd-s keys held down, until you see a black screen with white characters. After the text stops scrolling, at the command prompt, type:

    fsck -f [including the space, return]

    If any repairs are reported, run fsck again until none are reported. Then, at the command prompt, type:

    reboot [return]

    If you can't restart in Single User Mode, then you have bigger problems.
     
  5. seancellis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your help, do i include the dash button ie fsc -f just before the f?
    please excuse my stupidity I'm very new at this


     
  6. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Exactly how it's shown: fsck -f, with a space before the dash. You might want to print out these instructions.
     

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