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EMac won't boot. Grey Screen with Grey Apple/busy clock

EMac won't boot. Grey Screen with Grey Apple and little clock-like icon moving around and around and around forever. Tried to boot from external CD Drive using "Tech Tools" Disc: Disc spun up but no boot. Using OX 10.3.8 I believe.

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  • Stephen Quinn Oct 02, 2009

    Thank you for your help so far. I did as instructed. I see no caps under the hatch just micro PCB stuff, although I did discover a battery! Is this the fabled "PRAM Battery" ? Would it be a good next step to replace it? This Mac is like 9 years old so could this Batt cause such havoc?



    Thanks,

    Stephen

  • Stephen Quinn Oct 02, 2009

    Today I replaced the Battery I found inside. No Change. I know my internal CD rom drive is bad (has been for years). What I don't know is should I be able to boot from an EXTERNAL drive with a Boot disc?

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It sounds like your hard drive is going out. Most discs that come with Apple machines are machine specific, which means just any Apple disc wouldn't install on the eMac. Try and burn a free linux disk, I suggest Ubuntu, and see if it will boot with this. If the same thing happens, then you will need to replace the hard drive.

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Based upon your symptoms I believe the hard drive and the battery both need to be replaced.

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I am wondering if this emac is 1.25 GHz-1.75ghz if so please unplug it turn it over take a phillips screw driver undo the hatch there take a peek at the two left and right capacitors if there swollen on the top you going to need to have these replaced..

Other then that this thing shoot boot if this is not the case..

I currently have a Mac that did this and freezing episodes I replaced the capacitors and its been working ever sense. Good luck..

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http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1710.

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