I'm not sure what would have caused the issue. I had the comp on in my office. Turned it on, and it started as usual. I did a few hours of work, word processing, a little internet browsing. I left the office for about an hour, leaving the computer on, but I normally do that and have never had a problem. I have the whole thing plugged into a surge protector, hoping that would prevent it from frying, at least a little.
I have the 17" iMac, i bought it about 2 years ago. I'm not sure of the processor.
I am currently trying your suggestion of unplugging all cords and such and will retry it in another ten minutes or so.
Appreciate the help.
serial #: W88252CLZE3
Tried restarting. Got a little further, grey apple screen came up, then got stuck on the blue screen. It powered down, restarted, did the same thing. The third attempted boot it did left me with the black screen, the grey apple screen didnt pop up at all again.
I can get to another mac sometime tomorrow. Will that work? Should I try any of the other suggestions first? Otherwise, I think i may just leave it untill tomorrorw.
i got it to start in Target mode. I will just attempt tomorrow to back up what i need.