Mac won't boot at *all* - not even from CD/DVD
by hilarylittle - 9/2/09 11:50 AM
I've got a 1.5 year old iMac which appears to be gasping it's last breaths. I haven't found any article online that covers the degree of "messed up mac" that I've got right now...
I can't start it up - not even to the point where it will take any keyboard input for troubleshooting (like C for "boot from CD", or Option for "show bootable drives", or Shift for "safe mode").
When I press the power button, I get the chimes, then I get the monitor lighting up, a bit of optical disk drive sound, a bit of hard drive buzz, but that's it. No folder icon with a question mark, no error message, no apple logo. It makes a nice desk lamp, but that's about it.
The computer prior to this was "acting strangely" for a few days. I fixed permissions but tests said the drive was fine. I was even able to install Snow Leopard, but the computer crashed as it was setting things up. (I don't think this install was the problem, because the issues started prior to it.)
Is my hard drive toast? Has a chip fried?
If anyone has any ideas on how I can at least boot up using my Prosoft Data Rescue disk (right now Snow Leopard is "stuck" in the disc drive) - I'd really, really appreciate it.