My imac won't boot up.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Tempoe, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. Tempoe macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2009
    I have a 24" imac with the dualcore. Yesterday I was pasting something from Illustrator to photoshop and it froze. The ball spun for about 5 mins, force quit would not come up so I held the power button and shut it off. Now only the grey screen comes up like its booting, apple logo and spinning wheel.

    I started in safe mode and ran fsck but it seemed to take forever (hours) and never finished.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    Have you tried resetting the PRAM.

    Cmd-Option-P-R on boot until it chimes twice.
  3. Tempoe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2009
    Yes, I did that first
    I will give it a few more mins then try starting in S mode again.
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    run "fsck -fy" in Single User Mode (press command-S on startup) and wait for it to finish. if it says your volume is repaired do it again until it says its OK. this is the same as booting from the Install DVD and running "Repiar Disk" from Disk Utility which you can do if youd like.
  5. Tempoe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2009
    Yeah, thats the fsck command I ran, it took hours and never long should it usually take?

    Well it completed, and I got the message "The volume Macintosh HD could not be repaired"

    Should I try it again, does this mean I need a new HD?

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