1. James Falconer's Avatar
    Hey all! Quick question. Going to run through my due diligence here but wondering if anyone has any quick tips for a sick iMac.

    My wife has an iMac that won't turn on. It's plugged in, everything looks legit, and for some reason it has stopped booting. Any tips/tricks I should know about to get it running again, or should I take it to a Genius Bar?
    01-27-2017 11:34 AM
  2. James Falconer's Avatar
    Also FYI her iMac is the 2009-2012 Aluminum unibody model.
    01-27-2017 11:36 AM
  3. JBaby_9783's Avatar
    Does it turn on at all? Can you hear it? Have you tried to boot up in Recovery mode? I tried that when my iMac wouldn't boot a few years ago. It worked while in a Recovery mode, but I couldn't fix the problem. Only a trip to the Genius Bar fixed. It turned out that my hard drive went bad. Maybe this is me being spoiled/lazy, but part of appeal of  gear is knowing I don't have to troubleshoot on my own. So if you live close to an  Store go and get it checked out. They'll run diagnostics.
    01-27-2017 11:53 AM
  4. James Falconer's Avatar
    Doesn't turn on at all... no sounds, no nothing Guess it looks like Recovery mode or Genius Bar!
    01-27-2017 12:10 PM
  5. dictoresno's Avatar
    any way to verify the hard drive isn't toast? remove it and put it into a USB 3 enclosure and try to boot into it on another machine. if it works, then the power supply on the iMac can be shot.
    02-02-2017 10:04 PM
  6. BuckyBadg's Avatar
    Same exact thing happened to my bought in 2013 iMac. For about a week prior, I heard crackling noises, and it was slower than usual. From the process of elimination, and talking to Apple and some computer nerd friends, I deduced it was a sick hard drive which then crashed. Fortunately, I had my iMac backed up to the cloud. I replaced it with a new version, then opened it, took out and destroyed the hard drive before recycling it.

    Your problem could be different, but is too similar to mine.
    03-01-2017 07:13 PM

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