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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:39 pm    Post subject: Blueberry iMac issues Reply with quote

A parent at my daughter's school has a blueberry iMac that isn't booting properly. When you turn it on it dings and the grey screen with the white logo appears. I've reset the pram, still nothing. Any ideas? Besides telling her that if she put a chain on it it would make a nice anchor for her canoe? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Blueberry iMac issues Reply with quote

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A parent at my daughter's school has a blueberry iMac that isn't booting properly. When you turn it on it dings and the grey screen with the white logo appears. I've reset the pram, still nothing. Any ideas? Besides telling her that if she put a chain on it it would make a nice anchor for her canoe? Very Happy


That's what every mac does. Except mine goes to a gray screen with a darkish Apple logo. Do you mean it just stays at that screen, and doesn't load up?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly. It sits there. I think it had OS 9 on it originally but she had someone load 10.1.2 or something on there. She doesn't have the media. Any aftermarket utilities that might help?

No idea if it's a bad battery or HD.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was going to say if you had the disc, try re-installing the software.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you hold down alt while it boots up what happens? you should see a startup disk (or 2, if it has os9 as well)

I am just trying to ascertain weather it can see the osx installation.
Has it ever worked with osx before? or did the problem start when it was installed?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

splen wrote:
If you hold down alt while it boots up what happens? you should see a startup disk (or 2, if it has os9 as well)

I am just trying to ascertain weather it can see the osx installation.
Has it ever worked with osx before? or did the problem start when it was installed?


I didn't try the alt (apple) key, I'll try that tonight.

She said it had OS X, the person she purchased it from loaded it on there for her. It's been running a couple of years now, she said that after she installed Firefox it started acting up.

Luckily it wasn't me her told her about FF, she thinks that Mozilla should pay for the repair since they killed her mac. Ah, noobs. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Apple key didn't do anything. Booted with the HW CD, everything was there. Booted to her OS X CD, ran disk utils which found "invalid sibling link". Uh oh. Getting DiskWarrior now, hope to run it shortly.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might also check to and see if the firmware had been updated prior to installing OS X. I picked up one that the owner gave up one because wierd things happened after he installed OS X. I reinstalled system 9 and did a software update, found the firmware not up to date, installed that, then OS X.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent about 1/2 of a day on it. She called, gave me total hell, so I told her to come get it. She took it to a local "guru" - the HD was dead. They didn't do data recovery. She brought it back to me and demanded that I recover the data. I told her to try OnTrack or someone. She ended up buying another computer, she hasn't said anything to me since.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's always nice to hear common courtesy still exists in the world today. Rolling Eyes
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Demanded ? What? *&%$ #$%
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