OS X 10.6 startup issue

Discussion in 'macOS' started by raydixon9, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. raydixon9 macrumors newbie

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    upon startup i see a gray screen, the apple logo, and spinning gears. Then the apple logo turns into a circle with a line through it and stays that way forever. I call apple support. They got me to run disk utility by booting from install disk. Then running repair disk and repair permissions. Then boot into safe mode and computer works fine...for a few restarts then does the same thing. Any ideas? Thanks.

    Ray

    oh yeah early 2009 model 24"imac, 8gb, 3ghz,
     
  2. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    When you go into System Preferences -> Startup Disk what does it say?
     
  3. raydixon9 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    system preferences

    ask me to select a drive with which to startup
    mac hd, os x disc, or network drive
     
  4. 5DollaFootlong macrumors 6502

    5DollaFootlong

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  5. raydixon9 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    mac hd selected

    on restart still get "no" circle but i can reboot into safe mode then restart and it works fine, but next time i restart I get the "no" circle
     
  6. 5DollaFootlong macrumors 6502

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    i think you should boot with your snow leopard disc, and repair disk. if that doesn't work, backup your files, and do a clean install
     
  7. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Definitely do a backup ASAP. Sporadic problems like this can indicate a failing hard drive.

    It could also be a glitchy driver or kernel extension since booting to safe mode solves things. If that's the case a clean install will do you good.
     

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