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my Imac wont boot up

Message #1 - Posted 2005/02/23 - Audacity

Help - anyone!
My imac was working fine, then the screen froze so I restarted and it wont get past the apple with the counter thingy underneath! I have been able to access it as a target drive to save my files, command shift doesnt help, I have tried fsck -y the text read invalid directory item count. it should be 5 instead of 4.

volume header needs minor repair.

I ran it until it said ok, but it still wont start! I have tried unplugging.
I think I found the pram reset button!
Help!!!
Audacity
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Message #2 - Posted 2005/02/23 - Zaphod B

Audacity wrote:

Help - anyone!
My imac was working fine, then the screen froze so I restarted and it wont get past the apple with the counter thingy underneath! I have been able to access it as a target drive to save my files, command shift doesnt help, I have tried fsck -y the text read invalid directory item count. it should be 5 instead of 4.

volume header needs minor repair.

I ran it until it said ok, but it still wont start! I have tried unplugging.
I think I found the pram reset button!
Help!!!
Audacity
XX

Based on recent experience related in this group, I say that unless you want to spend a lot of time and sweat, and because you have actually saved you data, I would recommend:
Reinitialize the disk and do a clean install from a sysem DVD/CD, then put your data back.
Clean start.

/Z

Message #3 - Posted 2005/02/23 - B Collins

Previously, Audacity wrote:

Help - anyone!
My imac was working fine, then the screen froze so I restarted and it wont get past the apple with the counter thingy underneath! I have been able to access it as a target drive to save my files, command shift doesnt help, I have tried fsck -y the text read invalid directory item count. it should be 5 instead of 4.

volume header needs minor repair.

I ran it until it said ok, but it still wont start! I have tried unplugging.
I think I found the pram reset button!
Help!!!
Audacity
XX

Does it start up OK from a boot CD? If it does, that indicates a problem with the system on the hard drive.

If it does not start up OK from a boot CD or from the hard drive, a possible problem is dead PRAM battery. Try replacing the battery and see what happens. You can get a replacement battery at Radio Shack and other sources. How you get at the battery depends on the specific model of iMac; some disassembly is probably required.

Bill

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