IMac (Intel) :: Start With Question Mark Sign On Gray Screen?

Sep 1, 2014

iMac start up... Why my imac start with question mark sign on gray screen

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IMac (Intel) :: Gray Screen With Flashing Question Mark / Prohibitory Sign And Apple Symbol

Dec 10, 2014

I'm selling my old iMac and while cleaning the hard drive it froze. I forced shut down and when I turned it back on a circle with a diagonal came up initially, followed by flashes of that, a question mark and the apple symbol. Now it won't get past the grey screen and the flashing symbols.  

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)

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Software :: After The Gray Screen With The Apple Sign, A Stop Sign Appeared On The Screen?

Oct 13, 2008

When I started my Macbook up, after the gray screen with the apple sign, a stop sign appeared on the screen and I couldnt use my laptop as normal. Does anyone know what the problem is and how to fix it?

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Intel Mac :: Got Stuck On The White Screen With The Gray Apple Sign

Jun 2, 2012

the screen it got stuck on was white, gray apple sign spinning circle thing

and i left it there for more then half an hour with no progress.  I did a hard shut off, and waited for about an hour and tried again.  This time i waited for an hour, and still no progress.  what should i do?

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iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Intel Mac :: Gray Screen With Question Mark In Center Of Display

May 15, 2012

When my wife starts her iMac the screen stays gray and in the center of the screen is a folder with a question mark. I am not sure how to get it running.

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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IMac :: Got Dreaded Gray Screen With Question Mark On File Folder

Aug 7, 2009

How hard is it to replace the hard drive? I have a disaster recovery company step up to get all my info off of it if they can. But I really don't want to spend the money to have someone pull out the HD and put a new one in if I can do it myself. I have experience building pc towers but I haven't ever pulled apart an iMAC. Its an iMac 23(or 24) inch from Dec 2007 (I don't have the model info on hand as the box is in storage).

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Intel Mac :: Won't Boot And Has Flashing Folder With Question Mark On Gray Screen

Jun 17, 2012

I just bought a new iMac. I have been trying all week (with no success) to transfer files and apps from my previous iMac. The last time I tried to transfer, I used target mode on the old computer. It looked as if it was finally working, so I left with 2+ hours remaining on the transfer. When I returned, the computer was frozen and nothing would work. So I held the power button to turn it off. When I tried to turn it back on, there was only a gray screen with a flashing folder with a question mark. I feel like I have tried everything listed in other discussions. The only thing I am not able to try is to reinstall Lion because the new computer did NOT come with an OSX disc of any type.

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iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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MacBook Pro :: Upon Start-up A Prohibited Sign / Folder With Question Mark Appear

Mar 29, 2012

My macbook pro, upon start-up, shows the apple logo for a short amount of time then either a prohibited sign or a folder with a question mark gets shown and the computer does not start-up. I have re-installed the OS but it did not seem to work. Any ideas?

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MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.5 Leopard :: IMac Won't Start Up Beyond A Gray Screen?

Jun 14, 2012

My iMac won't start up beyond a gray screen w/ spinning wheel; we had massive power outage 2 days ago during a storm

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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IMac (Intel) :: 3 Beeps At Start And Still No Sign Of Life

Sep 8, 2014

I turned my iMac on (2008 model) but after 10 minutes it went black and beeped 3 times loudly, repeating at 5 second cycles.  Shut it down by pressing the ON button for 5 sec.  Restarted and all worked for a hour before repeating the same problem...screen and keyboard and touchpad all locked out....shut down with the ON button.  On restart it gave me the 3 beeps every 5 sec with an ALL BLACK screen...no hard disk whirring, either.  I don't know how to do cardiac massage on an iMac.  Is it dead?  Is it the processor?  Is it the video card?  Is it the hard disc? 

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iMac, iOS 7.1.2

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Intel Mac :: Slow Start Up On Macbook Pro (gray Screen)

May 24, 2012

when i start my macbook pro i get the gray screen before loading. start up is very slow.

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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X V10.4 :: Old IMac Won't Start Up And Stuck In Gray Screen With Spinning Wheel

Apr 24, 2012

I have a very old IMac which I purchased back in 2005, and has been working fine. I have left it in storage about 1 and 1/2 years ago. Just now I try to restart it, the screen is forever stuck in the grey screen with the spinning wheel. I tried many times off-on, hold down the apple function key but none worked. I no longer have the rebooting CD with me. I wonder whether the computer can still be saved? I have already backed up the contents so it doesn't matter if fixing the computer requires me to delete all my old files. I think it's tiger or earlier that it's using.

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.4)

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Intel Mac :: Gray Screen On Start Up - Backup Files Using Safe Mode?

Mar 8, 2012

I'm getting the gray screen when I startup.I tried using the install disc to repair the utility, but it said it cannot be repaired. I had to use a plug-in mouse instead of my normal wireless mouse to get the startup disc out on a restart. I want to now startup in safe mode, but holding down shift during startup with my wireless keyboard doesn't work. Do I need to have a plug-in type keyboard for this function to work? Can you backup files using safemode?

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.3)

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MacBook :: It Displays A Question Mark Sign On Screen?

Mar 11, 2012

I have a 13" Macbook. I had a 250 gb and a 500 gb internal hd's already crashed. I just bought a brand new 250 gb thought that this will work. I was wrong. I inserted this hd and turned on the on-switch. The same screen I saw earlier showed again-a blue screen with a file with a (?) sign on it.

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MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Intel Mac :: Won't Start - Get Apple Logo With Spinning Wheel, Question Mark That Disappears And Then Blank Blue Screen?

Jul 1, 2012

My daughter's old I Mac won't start. It is not backed up.  We want to get some things off of it if we can. When we turn it on, we get the Apple logo with spinning wheel for awhile, then a question mark briefly and then a sky blue blank screen.  Is there any hope of getting this to work?  This computer is out of warranty.  Does it seem that if we reinstall the Operating System we might find old data?  

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.4)

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Mac Pro :: Finder Screen Has A Question Mark In The Gray Bar?

Oct 24, 2010

I have my mac pro finder screen it has a question mark in the gray bar I can't get rid of it.

I created the problem by downloaded a few hundred screen saver photos. they were a mess.

after weeks of deleting cloning and fixing files. I had everything removed except on the finder bar a little Flag of Israel . I managed to get rid of the little flag but now have a question mark instead. If I click on the mark it says the item can not be found.

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MacBook Air :: Upgrade To SSD Will Boot Into A Gray Screen With ? Mark

Feb 25, 2012

I have an issue with selecting (restart). If i choose restart after a software update, from the apple drop down, or when i select the drive in startup disk in preferences, it will boot into a gray screen with ? mark. if i choose (shut down) from apple drop down menu and then start up from the power button on the air, it boots up with no problem. I have checked with the SSD maker and i have the latest firmware I cannot use the old HD to see if it is a drive issue. Its dead. 

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MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7)

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Software :: Get A Gray Screen With A Folder And Question Mark - HD Died

Sep 22, 2009

I am currently getting a gray screen with a folder and question mark. I have tried resetting the PRAM and when I hold down the option key, no drives show up at all. I also can't boot into OS X in safe mode. I don't hear a clicking noise that you usually get from dead hard drives.

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MacBook Pro :: Gray Screen On Startup With Question Mark Folder

May 7, 2012

I recently upgraded to Lion on my MacBook Pro but it didn't sit well with my compuer. It became sluggish and would take forever to load applications, pictures, music, movies, etc that only took SL a few seconds at most. I decided to downgrade back to SL so I put in my Install DVD (version 10.6.6) and tried to format the hard drive so I could start new. However it would not work with the CD, so I continued looking around online and I came under the impression that if you erase the hard drive it will allow you to start new (in my case, with SL). However now I get a gray screen with a folder with a question mark.

I do not have my files backed up through Time Machine.

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MacBook Pro

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MacBook :: Unresponsive Computer - Gray Screen - Picture With Question Mark

Nov 12, 2009

I got a 3 year old white macbook. I was surfing the net when suddenly it turned off. On restart, I got the grey screen for a while, the a picture of a file with a question mark in it, waited for ten minutes, still the file. I have done the following:

1.- Reset the PRAM: I use the combination of keys, and it reboots, but on rebboting it goes back to the picture of the file.
2.- Use the option key on startup: I get a grey screen with the curso on it, which I can move with my mouse, but no buttons to click or nothing.
3.- Use the X key: as if doing nothing
4.- Resseting the SMC: as if doing nothing

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IMac (Intel) :: White Screen With Flashing Question Mark?

Jun 21, 2014

I get is white screen with flashing question mark.  I've inserted OS disc but it won't run. 

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OS X :: Intel 24" Imac Stuck At Gray Screen After Using Windows

Jun 2, 2009

My intel imac 24" running mac osx 10.5 (i think, most recent one) has become stuck at the grey screen after the apple logo on a restart with the spinning gear going. This happened after restarting after using in windows mode, which I have done many times before. I have tried various things like PRam thing and disconnecting power for a while with no luck. I can start up pressing alt and get into windows mode (which I am in just now). I can startup and press c off the CD in which I have run the disk repair thing that says all is well. I tried repair permissions and it came up with some kind of error ending. I have also tried and archive install which only goes to about 5% and then tells me there is an error with installing certain files in the mac hard drive.

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IMac (Intel) :: When Rebooting / Chime Sounded But Screen Remained Gray

Sep 11, 2014

During an upgrade, power was interrupted and when rebooting, the chime sounded, but screen remained gray.

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iMac, iOS 7.1.2

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IMac (Intel) :: Screen Goes To Normal Gray With Apple Logo And Spinner Then Goes Black

Jun 5, 2014

Upon start up my screen goes to normal gray w/apple logo and spinner then goes black. Cursor is visible and still is moveable but nothing else. I safe booted and bar came up also but then back to black screen. 

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iMac, Mavericks upgrade

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Mac Pro :: Stuck On Gray Screen On Start Up

May 8, 2012

Tried all the tips I can find but no joy. Able to boot in safe mode but nothing else. Can't use Lion Recovery and unable install Snow Leopard from disk as it gets stuck on the gray screen again.

Info:Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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MacBook Pro :: Gray Screen At Start Up

Jun 25, 2012

Well gang the problem has been resolved by starting up while pressing command V. Worked like a charm. I don't know why the "genus bar" folks did't try it but it worked...I'm just saying.

Info:MacBook Pro with Retina display, Mac OS X (10.7.3), in safe mode QT,Iphoto,photo booth

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MacBook :: Won't Start Up Past Gray Screen

Aug 2, 2010

first i'd like to give you a few pieces of information on what was going on before I restarted my mac. 1. My mac is a 13'' late 2008 mb with 2gb of ram (running leopard). 2. I JUST had my hard drive replaced due to a failure. 3. Before i restarted my computer i was having several "system extenstion" errors and when i tried to repair i recieved the message 'Underlying task reported failure on exit.' At the time, i was also trying to install Adobe CS5 Master Collection trial and i couldn't get past a password screen. This also prompted me to restart. Once the computer began to restart, it began updating boot caches. This was taking a very long time so i walked away from the mb. When i came back i realized the battery had died and when i plugged it back in and tried to get it to boot, it would get to the gray screen with the apple and the spinning logo underneath. But then it simply reboots.

I've tried restarting the pram. I've tried rebooting in single user mode (cmd + S) and got to the point where i could rebuild the tree (fsck_hfs -r /dev/disk0s2) and that did it's thing for about ten minutes and it didn't fix the problem. I don't have my install disk but apple is sending me a new one and will be here by friday.

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Macbook With Endless Start Up And Gray Screen

Mar 17, 2012

I was browsing with safari reading email from my msn account when safari failed to load the page. I then decided to do a force quit. Usually, when I hit command option escape, it will show me the programs then show which program was not responding, this time, it did not say that Safari wasnt responding. After waiting for at least a couple of minutes, I decided to restart the Mac by pressing on the power button to shut down. When I powered up after a minute, the gray screen with the apple in the center appeared and the cursor was forever spinning. After waiting, I decided to shut down again and then tried to zap the PRAM. This did not work so I shut down again and tried to reset the SMC.

Info:
MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.1), 2 gb ram

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MacBook Pro :: Gray Screen On Start Up / Won't Reboot

Jun 17, 2014

I bought a used MBP (early 2011) with OS X 10.6.8. It's been running just fine, but last night moving files the screen suddenly went black. I rebooted and it will come up to a gray screen and then sit there. The fans start revving up and it gets really really hot. Of course I haven't done a backup recently, so I need the information on the computer.

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MacBook Pro :: 2006 Won't Start Past The Gray Screen

May 21, 2012

what should I try? I did try restting the eprom by removing he battery and hoding the power button for 30 seconds.

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