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The computer comes on but is frozen on Apple screen

The computer comes on but doesn't boot up past the Apple logo and spinning boot up lines....fan is running but frozen on apple screen.

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  • jonvillars Oct 01, 2009

    it isn't a PC it is an iMac G5 Desktop, tried the F2 and F8 and didn't do anything...just frozen on the apple screen with working circle going continuously.

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Boot from the OS X install disk (put disk in drive, restart while holding "C" key) click Utilities, & run Disk Utility. If disk needs it, run Repair Disk & re-verify, then when disk checks O.K., run installer & choose "Archive & Install" to replace system files but preserve yours.

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I would try pressing f2 or f8 when first boots up, then change bios settings from first bootup device as cd rom drive, then hard disc as second drive, then place windows disc or recovery disc in pc, then reboot. and reinstall your software.

Posted on Oct 01, 2009

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    Nate Stansfield Oct 01, 2009

    I would try pressing f2 or f8 when first boots up, then change bios settings from first bootup device as cd rom drive, then hard disc as second drive, then place windows disc or recovery disc in pc, then reboot. and reinstall your software.

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    Nate Stansfield Oct 01, 2009

    Otherwise motherboard or hardrive is bad. You can download and burn linux system rescue on a working computer and try booting up in yours to restore hd back to factory state and re install windows.

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