iMac won't boot from install disk

Discussion in 'macOS' started by paul.b.davis, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. paul.b.davis macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2007
    Over the hills and far away...
    Here is my problem.

    I attempted to install Ubuntu along side OS X (which I have done before successfully, but I had a failed Ubuntu Studio install first this time around) and now my iMac won't boot up from the install disk.

    I have tried resetting pram and installing refit to select the DVD, but every time, no matter what, it gets stuck on the white screen with the apple logo. The DVD spins for a bit then stops and it just sits there, mocking me.

    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Have you tried holding "C" at startup to get to the partition selection screen? How long have you waited for the language selection screen to appear?
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    I only ask as you were unspecific; what install disc? Gray label, came with the computer, or X-logo/picture of Snow Leopard? What you are describing is typical of the wrong install DVD, sometimes the computer can kernel panic while booting to the incorrect disc...

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