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

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

  1. bes1k macrumors newbie

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    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?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    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

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  4. bes1k thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    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:

    "FIRTS AID FAILED
    NO VALID Packages"
     
  7. Arne macrumors regular

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    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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