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iMac 24" startup problems

Discussion in 'Computers & IT' started by rhodzy, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. rhodzy

    rhodzy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Dec 3, 2008
    IT Consultant
    Barnsley, UK
    Hi everyone

    Has anyone had the issue when starting there iMac up where they get a flashing folder with a question mark?

    I had it recently and was causing me nothing but grief. In the end i decided to leave it turned off for about 1 hour and went back with no hope of it coming back to life, after reading all over the net it sounded like it could be a faulty installation (well got corrupt) or fault HDD. But when i powered it back up it worked first time and i could log in successfully, I ran a system update and installed all the updates that were waiting for me. Ran a disk and permissions check which returned no errors.

    I havent had any more problems with it up to date so maybe the system update fixed the issue.

    How many other users have had this issue?


  2. BigTimeNexusFan

    BigTimeNexusFan Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2010
    If it does it again I would suspect a hard drive about to go bad.
  3. lilac

    lilac Active Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Cheshire, UK
    I agree with BigTimeNexusFan.

    Apple use the same error image on iPods and I unfortunately learned first hand that the image signified that the hard drive was not long for this world. Definitely start backing up anything you can!
  4. The_Gnome_

    The_Gnome_ Guest

    Yep, the folder with the '?' means it can't find the drive needed for OS startup. If it didn't work and then worked again later I'd suspect the hard drive either has a loose connection (unlikely), or is nearing a horrid death.

    Make a good back up with time machine asap!

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