iMac will not boot up, major headache!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by oli2140, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. oli2140 macrumors 6502

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    Hi all, happy new year!

    I've recently been having some terrible problems with a 24" 1st Gen Aluminium iMac running OS X Leopard.

    Whenever I turn on the machine it goes into a never ending cycle of displaying the apple logo following (about 3 minutes later) by shutting down, playing the apple sound and then repeating.

    These are the following things I have tried:

    Running off my bootcamp partition - The windows xp bar starts scrolling before showing the blue screen of death :eek:

    Running my machine in target disk mode - My macbook is unable to see the drive, however it does load CD's and DVD's in the iMac

    I honestly don't know what to do, although most of the files are backed up there are a few recent ones which are pretty important, anybody have any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Oli
     
  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like a hardware issue to me. You might consider downloading the "Ultimate Boot CD" and running the diagnostics - it might give you a hint.

    I can't remember if the OSX CD has any system diagnostics - but you might try there also.
     
  3. oli2140 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Will the ultimate boot cd work with Apple computers?
     
  4. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    I think so. It's just linux which runs just fine on macs.
     

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