imac wont start. Reinstall leopard?

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  1. Hurd111 macrumors member

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    Im in desperate need of help. Not too long ago I installed the latest apple security update, and I've notice some strange behavior from my iMac ( 17" g5 with isight intel core2 duo) shortly afterward.

    I can't get my imac to start up, and I dont know what to do. I NEED to access the files on my HD.

    do I need to reinstall leopard? if so, how?
     
  2. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    where is it getting tripped up? where the apple should show up on the screne, or no power at all? details.
     
  3. Hurd111 thread starter macrumors member

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    It shows the grey screen with the apple and the loading circle, and then I hear a noise that sounds almost like a fan or hard drive stopping (like a "sieeerrwwww......") but I can't tell (im no expert).
     
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  5. Hurd111 thread starter macrumors member

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    Is there anything i should know when doing this? :confused:
     
  6. allan.nyholm macrumors 6502a

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    Try resetting your PRAM first http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1379

    If that does nothing then use the Leopard disc to Archive & Install so that you keep your files but gets a fresh OS X installed. Look out for an "Options" button on the installation window - it should come right after "Customize" and if I remember correctly it's located in the lower left. I'm not sure if the installation defaults to Archive & Install.
     

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