Need assistance... iMac won't start up - Possible serious problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by alexf, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. alexf macrumors 6502a

    alexf

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    Hello,

    If anyone out there and can help me out with this, I would be very grateful.

    I was working on my iMac (last year's model) today and the finder hung up (beach ball spinning). I force quit the finder, but it then refused to relaunch (although I could use other programs as before). I then tried to restart the computer but couldn't, and had to force the power off by holding the power button for a few seconds.

    Now when the computer starts up, it gets to the point where the "loading wheel" (with external spokes) starts turning, but then this "wheel" freezes.

    I put in my TechTool Pro 5 disc to start it up from that, but the same thing happens (yes, I have been holding down "C" when it starts to make sure that it uses it as a start-up disc).

    I am at a total loss, and live far from any computer repair store. Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. alexf thread starter macrumors 6502a

    alexf

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