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Old 07-10-2015, 04:34 PM
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Exclamation Doh. Help me fix my little girl's iMac...

Gave my daughter an old iMac running Snow Leopard. And it started acting up... I'll try and do my best to explain.

It developed the blue screen with black spinner "issue".

I read up on said issue and learned that if I put the Snow Leopard disc in while it is on... then power the unit off... then power the unit back on while holding the "C" key it will force it to boot from the DVD.

Guess what? That works... and I can actually get the OS installed AND all of the applications, desktop, pictures, etc. are right where they were... in fact... the iMac works 100% perfectly.

The problem is that when I "Shut Down" (or Restart)... I get that same dang blue screen of death with black spinner.

The *ONLY* way to fix it is to re-install the Snow Leopard again... which is just fine if the power never goes out and machine is never turned off. LOL... unlikely in SE Florida. LOL...

I've read just about every forum I can find. I did do a "repair" hard drive one time it said it found a couple files and "fixed" them... but it didn't change the issue.

Can anyone shed any light on this?

Many thanks,
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Old 07-10-2015, 04:49 PM
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Apple store nearby?.....they fix lots of stuff no charge.

Have you ever added extra RAM? It's cheap and easy.

No clue re: your problem....I usually just take it to the 'Genius Bar'.
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You think whey would look at a 10 year old iMac?
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You think whey would look at a 10 year old iMac?
They will. Make an appointment and bring it in. They probably will do a clean install of the OS an do a full test of the hardware.

You could do a free download of an app called OnyX for snow leapord and run it. Also reset the PRAM.

If it's a pre-Intel (PPC) Mac, there are a few orher things you can do at startup.
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Not a good sign, the machine is on it's way out. I suggest backing up all of the data on it.
The machine I am on right now had the same issues two days ago. I spent 6 hours yesterday uploading data to my file server as a secondary backup. If it goes south now, I'm going to take a sledge to it. I've had this Mac since 05 and it owes me nothing. Don't waste your time trying to get it repaired, it'll cost you more than it's worth.

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Originally Posted by t3rockhall View Post
They will. Make an appointment and bring it in. They probably will do a clean install of the OS an do a full test of the hardware.

You could do a free download of an app called OnyX for snow leapord and run it. Also reset the PRAM.

If it's a pre-Intel (PPC) Mac, there are a few orher things you can do at startup.
Going to look up OnyX now... it is one of the first post-Intel macs...

Originally Posted by Badbagger View Post
Google Mac spinning wheel of death. Not a good sign.
I have... yet, apparently, if you can get it to reinstall the OS... that is usually a good sign... I just can't get it to boot back up after I shut it down (without re-installing LOL)...

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Not a good sign, the machine is on it's way out. I suggest backing up all of the data on it.
The machine I am on right now had the same issues two days ago. I spent 6 hours yesterday uploading data to my file server as a secondary backup. If it goes south now, I'm going to take a sledge to it. I've had this Mac since 05 and it owes me nothing. Don't waste your time trying to get it repaired, it'll cost you more than it's worth.

Edit: I was unable to even get this machine to run. I turned it off over night and got lucky. This machine has pretty much been on steadily for years and years and it owes me nothing.
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http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other...9bwaAkG_8P8HAQ

Just FYI if you find out it's as simple as more RAM.
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Your out of memory.....or your screwed! J/k.....Make a genius bar appt. they will fix it.
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If the machine is dead and the HD is good, just scrap it, and put the HD into a carrier to make an external drive. After transfering the data you can use that drive for backups or maybe even a TimeMachine drive if it's big enough. You can buy cases for the drive anywhere. I buy that stuff as well as RAM at OWC (Other World Computing). They are cheap, reliable, and have tons of videos showing how to do what you need to be done.
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Try to start it while holding the Option key down. It should show any startup drives connectedvto the machine. Then select your drive and see what happens. Can't hurt.
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