Mac wont start up - tried all guides

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  1. ksfmac, May 2, 2012
    Last edited: May 2, 2012

    ksfmac macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys

    I've got an iMac Late model 2006, running on 10.4.

    This morning I met the mac with a jammed black blank screen and the spinning rainbow wheel. I did a force restart and now the machine won't start up.

    I get chime and grey screen.

    What I've done:
    1. Restart with no external devices like external HDs, printer etc
    2. Reset the PRAM
    3. Use the [old] original OSX disc with is 10.0.3, to attempt to get into disc utility - no luck, just folder with a question mark.
    4. Use the apple hardware disc - folder with question mark
    5. I can't access the single user mode (Im not sure if I had set the password or not ) IT just stays as blank grey screen
    6. Nothing but grey screen when trying to manually open firmware

    I really don't want to just replace the HD or take it to a tech - it's a work machine, is there any other option I have?
     
  2. ksfmac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Also don't think that replace the HD would work, as the start up installation disc is not loading...
     
  3. ezramoore macrumors 6502a

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    There is no way that a 2006 (Intel) iMac would be able to boot form a 10.0.3 disk (or even a 10.3 disk, if that is what you meant to type).

    There is a strong possibility that it IS the hard drive.

    Why not take it to a tech if it is a business machine? Repair expenses are a write-off and if the machine is business critical a tech will likely get you back on the road a lot more quickly.
     
  4. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    Almost guaranteed it's the hard drive, but it could be logic board, RAM, etc. Take it to a tech, that means it'll get done right and without futzing around. Doubly true if you don't have a backup.

    jW
     
  5. ksfmac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, getting to a tech is little difficult, but seems we may have to make a day drive..

    Thanks for the replies.. will keep u guys posted.
     

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