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Ashik, Mac Technician
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Experience:  Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA), 9+ Years of Experience in troubleshooting Macs, iPhone, iPad, iPod etc
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Can´t get my iMac to start. White canvas with Apple symbol

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Can´t get my iMac to start. White canvas with Apple symbol and a glowing sun beneath, but it doesn´t start
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When did this problem started ?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


We can try some basic troubleshooting steps. First reset the PRAM and NVRAM of your Mac

Reset PRAM and NVRAM

  1. Turn off your Mac.
  2. Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command, Option, P, and R.
  3. Turn on the computer.
  4. Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys. You must press this key combination before the gray screen appears and before the chime sound.
  5. Hold the keys down until the computer restarts and you hear the startup sound for three times.
  6. Release the keys and let the Mac boot up.



If that didn't work, then boot your Mac into Safe Mode. Turn off your Mac. Turn it back on and Immediately hold down the Shift key. Release the Shift key when you see the gray Apple and progress indicator. Let the Mac boot up to Safe Mode.

Let me know if that didn't work, so we continue troubleshooting. Don't Rate my answer until you are satisfied.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

In safe mode a grey bar appeared, filled up one third and disappeared, back where we started

What version of Mac OS X are you using ?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Mountain lion


It seems like the system files are corrupted. We can reinstall your OS X Mountain Lion. Reinstalling OS X won't delete any of your files. It will just replace the system files with new one. Restart your Mac and immediately hold down Command + R keys and this will boot your Mac to the Mountaion Lion Recovery Screen or Mac OS X Utilities. From there, click Reinstall Mac OS X. Follow the onscreen instructions to reinstall your Mac OS X.

Make sure your Mac is connected to the Internet to complete the process. It will take a while to reinstall OS X. Please let me know how it goes.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

problem fixed. Thanks

Glad to hear that. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Have a great day,
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