iMac problem - it won't boot!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ExicEx, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. ExicEx macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2017
    Hello everyone,

    I'm new member to this forum. My english isn't that great, sorry in advance.
    So here is the problem. My iMac won't boot. It worked well, considering it's an older mac.
    Just a regular day in my life, woke up, sat down on my chair, pressed the power button. Everything seemed normal. Apple logo shows up, making regular sounds when it powers up and thats it. That's just it.
    It doesn't move from that point.

    See, I've read online about this problem and tried everything, but it seems it doesn't work at all.

    I wanted to ask you, is there any way I can install Windows 7 without actually starting my Mac all the way?
    I have PC laptop at home (will it work as an external hard drive or usb?), stable internet connection.

    Thank you once again in advance, and sorry for my english!
  2. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
    What is "everything" for you? Please elaborate.

    Give more detail as well: macOS version? Which iMac?
  3. ExicEx, Apr 7, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2017

    ExicEx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2017
    Tried booting in Safe Mode
    Did the fsck -fy
    Tried reseting PRAM/NVRAM

    It's an older version of iMac
    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 duo processor
    4MB shared L2 cache
    1 GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    320GB Serial ATA hard drive
    ATI Radeoj HD 2600 Pro graphics processor with 256 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM

    /edit #1
    Was running Mavericks

    /edit #2
    -It won't let me boot my computer in SafeMode
    -When I actually do fsck -fy it finds some errors and it says it fixed them
    -Reset of PRAM/NVRAM doesn't change anything
    -CMD + R doesn't do anything for me, literally, like nothing happens
  4. slotcarbob macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2006
    If you have Mountain Lion or higher OS, hold down the cnd+R keys, and go into the Recovery Partition. If it isn't there for some reason, you will get a globe as it downloads automatically. This takes longer.

    Run Disk Utility. Try to start. If that fails, restore a new OS on the machine. It will be the latest version. All your stuff will remain.
  5. ExicEx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2017
    When I hold CMD + R nothing happens.
    Am I doing something wrong?
    I don't have anything important on my computer, so it doesn't matter if everything deletes
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    This is why a smart Mac user always keeps a "bootable cloned backup" drive around.

    Having one can be invaluable when one gets into an "I can't boot!" moment.
  7. ExicEx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2017
    Well, I agree with you. I'm just dumb when technology comes around. Any ideas of what should I do now?

    Is there any way I can install windows on my iMac without actually booting my computer? Like Bios comands or something?

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