Unable to Start iMac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by nikhilgadagoju, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. nikhilgadagoju macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2009
    When i start iMac, it tries to open and displays a blank white screen with an image of Folder with ? mark in the centre of the screen.

    please suggest me to boot the Mac
  2. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Try reseting the PRAM by holding down the COMMAND, OPTION, P and R buttons at startup.

    If this does not work, reinstall Mac OS X.
  3. dragonmantek macrumors regular


    Oct 16, 2007
    New York
    your hard drive is wiped. you have to install the operating system again.
  4. Poncho macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2007
    This means your Mac cannot see your operating system on your hard drive.

    This could be because

    1. You hard drive has broken

    2. Or even that the cable between your hard drive and the circuit boards inside your Mac have become loose (yes, happened to me on a G4 Tower once after moving it around) or broken.

    If you can open your Mac (if it is a tower) check the cables first.

    Then reboot.

    If still nothing:

    Can you hear your hard drive spinning?

    Is it clicking?

    Next step, put in original Mac OS X install disc and restart Mac holding down the C key.

    You will then be runing your Mac from the operating system on the install disc.

    Go to the menu bar and selct Utilities.

    Then Disc Utilities.

    Can you see your hard drive in the left panel?

    If so, do a repair disc on it.

    If you cannot repair the disc, you will have to do a erase and install from the OS disc. You WILL LOSE ALL YOUR DATA. But you will have your Mac back.

    Get back to us and tell us what you see.
  5. armoguy94 macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2007
    It can't find any operating system on your hard drive. Your hard drive is dead. You need to buy a new one unfortunately.

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