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Imac freezing screen freezes (multi-color little circle icon just spins)

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    When did this start? Was it after you installed a new program or updated software?

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Few Questions answered can help me out.
1)Did you update the OS

2)Did you install any drivers recently

3)did you install any software's

4)is any external devices connected when facing this problem

5)did you put new RAM inside

6)did you try to boot from the DVD disk 1 and repair hard drive using Disk utility

This can easily help to resolve the problem

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