Problem with old iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ashman70, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010
    I have a clients old iMac its a 4,1 model. They were having issues with the beach ball spinning all the time, the airport stopped working, this is what I did.

    Tried resetting PRAM, made no difference.
    Started fixing permissions and it found a lot of errors.
    Stopped that, booted off a SL install disc, tried to repair the drive, it failed, said to backup your files, reformat and reinstall.

    Now when I try to boot it, the white screen with the Apple logo comes up and at the bottom of the screen there is what a looks like a long progress indicator, it starts to show progress and then the whole machine powers off. The SL disc is still in the machine. I am not pressing any keys during boot.

    What should I do?

    I have half a mind to open it up, pull the drive, put a new drive in, reinstall SL and then plug the original drive in as an external to copy their files back.

  2. SawceBaws macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2011
    Take it to Apple. Don't try and DIY, it could damage it even more.
  3. ashman70 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010
    Well I am quite conversant with Apple hardware, I have no qualms about taking it apart and replacing the drive, or that I may damage it.

    I am just wondering if there is anything else I can try to get it to boot off the drive. I have removed the SL disc now.

  4. ashman70 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010

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