imac giving off loud tone

Discussion in 'iMac' started by vinmacguy, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. vinmacguy macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2006
    my trusty ol' blueberry since 1999 has recently started giving off a loud tone during start up. it sometimes starts up in a terminal looking text line asking if i want to continue to boot...type "mac-boot" which i do...but then nothing happens so i have to re-start and it boots or i have to put in a OS 10.3.9 boot disk...even though it has the original 8.6 on it.

    soooo whats goin on? help..
  2. beatsme macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2005
    sorry, can you clarify? You're running OS8.6 on the machine? Or are you running both OS8.6 and OSX10.3.9?

    I'd check your firmware against the Apple website and see if you're up to date. And in any case, I'd ditch OS8.6 (which completely sucked IMHO) and at least upgrade to OS9.

    Could be your HD is failing, too. If it's the original HD from 1999 I'd have to consider it a distinct possibility.

    EDIT: in my experience, a weird tone during startup is usually indicative of a hardware issue. Just so you know...
  3. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    What's the sound exactly? Macs have different startup chimes that indicate different conditions (none of them good :( ).
  4. vinmacguy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2006
    clarification about that tone

    i am running a partitioned disk with both 9.1 and 10.3.9 on it. the thing is.. i switched hard drives to give to a family member and did the system restore to put everything just like new..and it gave me that message.... i was thinking it may be a firmware problem not a hard drive problem since it did it with two different hard drives..

    as far as the was NOT the chime of death...nor the chime when resetting was like a TV no signal tone.

    thanks for feedback
  5. wchong macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2006
    Miami, Fl

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