Mac stuck on white start up screen

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by EthanXC1, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. EthanXC1 macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2009
    Ok so my iMac I got 3 years ago just recently started running slower in the past couple months, nothing too bad though. However just yesterday it became unbearable to use. 10 min to start up, once it was on took forever to open up any files etc. So I did some research online and I decided my best option was to reinstall the OS with my startup disk. I did that and erased all my harddrive( nothing important on it.) after doing that it ran great like brand new. Today I turn it on, it continues to work great for a few hours then it freezes in me. I held down the power button to restart. Turned back on and it was stuck on the white apple startup screen. After 15 min I decided to power it off and let it rest a while. After resting it still won't start up. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Sounds like your HD. Startup from your Install DVD and run Disk Utility to check/repair the hard disk.
  3. EthanXC1 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2009
    Man that's a bummer I just did the starup disk yesterday but I didn't do that disk utility . I will try that.

    Edit. How do u do that? I thought u hold down c when starting up with the disk in? But that's not working
  4. EthanXC1 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2009
    Can anyone help please I don't know how to do what he said, I thought I did
  5. scottness macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2009
    Room 101
    Before powering on, hold down the OPTION key and then you'll have a choice of where to boot up from. Choose your Dvd or external drive or whatever.

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