iMac problem - Won't turn on, shows folder with "?".

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bes1k, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. bes1k macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2008
    I have a problem with my iMac.

    If it had been shut for a while, when I turn it on, the hard disk makes a noise.. It's just like the noise a car makes when it can't start. If I wait I see a grey background and a folder with a "?".

    It turns on when I shut it down and turn it on several times. It takes 10 minutes some times..

    I reinstalled the system, but it didn't resolve the issue.

    Just wanted to know if someone here has known the same problems?

    Is it a serious problem and what are my options?

  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    That'd be your hard drive. Put your Install Disk 1 (or Leopard retail, whichever you got last) in and see if you can fix it from Disk Utility on the disk.
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  4. bes1k thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2008
    I verified the disk, it says that it's OK..

    Verifying volume “iMac”

    Performing live verification.
    Checking Journaled HFS Plus volume.
    Checking Extents Overflow file.
    Checking Catalog file.
    Checking multi-linked files.
    Checking Catalog hierarchy.
    Checking Extended Attributes file.
    Checking volume bitmap.
    Checking volume information.

    The volume iMac appears to be OK.
  5. Mazda 3 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2007
    Had the same problem.mine had been making quite a bit of noise also prior.

    Took it to the Apple store in Nashville today and they agreed it was
    a bad HD,mine was a month and a half out of warranty -NO CHARGE

    This is a $300-$400 repair

    They said Merry Christmas!!!
  6. bes1k thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2008
    The thing is that i don't understand how could my HD be bad if I still can use it...

    And one thing.. I tried to verify permissions and repair them with my Mac OS X Install Disc 1 and it says:

    NO VALID Packages"
  7. Arne macrumors regular

    May 14, 2006
    forget about disk utility, thi is a serious hardware-failure, nothing any software can do much about. If you don't have a backup, you should get all your data off it as long as you can still start it...
    you definitely need a new HD.

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