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My iMac is Bejollaxed
« on: July 21, 2010, 12:13:07 PM »
Trying to sort some Photo's out last night on iDVD, all of a sudden, screen turns grey and greeted with this.



So i duly switched it off reboot, gets the apple chime, white screen with apple log and then grey with the same message.

No problem I thought, puts install disc into mac, reboots, hold down C during boot, chime, white screen, apple logo, swirl under the logo for a few minutes and message appears again.  :-[

So now I'm getting a little pi$$ed off, reboots again holding down R (safe mode), this time chime, white screen, apple logo, swirl under logo and then it stays like that for ever (well left for in excess of 30minutes) and still the bloody swirl !!

Apple have been Ok on the phone (just outside their 90 day telephone support period - 106 days old), told me a try a couple of things, other than that contact approved repair agent, and take it in !

Great within 24 hours of getting rid of my PC the apple keels over, computers - don't you just love 'em !

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Re: My iMac is Bejollaxed
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2010, 12:20:30 PM »
Stu,
Did they tell you to do a safe boot? See if it boots into safe mode?

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Re: My iMac is Bejollaxed
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2010, 12:24:10 PM »
Further to that - if they didn't . . . here you go . . .

To start up into Safe Mode (to Safe Boot), do this:

Be sure the computer is shut down.
Press the power button.
Immediately after you hear the startup tone, hold the Shift key. The Shift key should be held as soon as possible after the startup tone but not before.
Release the Shift key when you see the gray Apple icon and the progress indicator (looks like a spinning gear).
During startup in Mac OS X v10.4 or later, you will see "Safe Boot" on the login window, which appears even if you normally log in automatically.

During startup in Mac OS X v10.2 through v10.3.9, you will see "Safe Boot" on the Mac OS X startup screen.

To leave Safe Mode in any version of Mac OS X, restart the computer normally, without holding any keys during startup.

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Re: My iMac is Bejollaxed
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2010, 01:06:27 PM »
I'll try anything at the moment mate  :-\

Good job I got that 1.5TB External USB drive, so at least if it get's whiped I've got it all backed up  :)

It would appear that my iMac is having a Kernal Panic moment  :o

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Re: My iMac is Bejollaxed
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2010, 04:13:38 PM »
my one did that and the main board had gone

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Re: My iMac is Bejollaxed
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2010, 11:49:31 PM »
Try and boot it without the hard disk and dvd drive attached. See if you don't get that message, but get some kind of boot logo error. Then just have the HDD attached, and not the DVD.

Also, try and boot it with F held down. This should boot it into firewire host mode.

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Re: My iMac is Bejollaxed
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2010, 08:34:39 AM »
Well tried every concievable boot mode, and it would appear from the one message I got that the HDD is knacked as it said something about 'Volume Macintosh HD cannot be read' or something similar, phing the repair agent today to get it booked in.

Also can't get my OS X install disk out, tried booting with mouse button held down as well as aother key combinations but it refuses to let go of the damn thing  :-\

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Re: My iMac is Bejollaxed
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2010, 08:44:48 AM »
Strange isnt it really - I have been using Macs (with my good friend Mr David 'PhoenixTLB' Yates) for a long time now - since the first wave of Macs I guess, I have only ever had one Mac die on me and that was an LC475 but even then it was just a ram chip that was failing! :(

Can't believe after three months one would die! :(

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Re: My iMac is Bejollaxed
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2010, 08:52:54 AM »
Well tried every concievable boot mode, and it would appear from the one message I got that the HDD is knacked as it said something about 'Volume Macintosh HD cannot be read' or something similar, phing the repair agent today to get it booked in.

Also can't get my OS X install disk out, tried booting with mouse button held down as well as aother key combinations but it refuses to let go of the damn thing  :-\

I have a pile of SATA hard disks if you need one.

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Re: My iMac is Bejollaxed
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2010, 09:01:47 AM »
I think/guess it is still under Warranty though? A
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Re: My iMac is Bejollaxed
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2010, 08:41:52 AM »
Got the Apple 12 month warranty, so it's in the car at the moment and off to the approved repair agent this afternoon !!

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Re: My iMac is Bejollaxed
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2010, 10:04:33 AM »
Taken to the repairers, told me sounds like HDD is knackered, around a week to get the part and repair  :-[