Death came for my computer

Soooo, with no warning, my computer’s done. Toast. No boot up possible.

For those unfamiliar with a mac’s start up process it begins with the decades old lovely chime we all know and love. And that’s as far as it goes with my mac. No keyboard command will help (it doesn’t get to the point of seeing the keyboard) and the DVD drive doesn’t engage. Neither do any ports (wouldn’t help anyway, as a keyboard command is required to seek a bootable drive from anything but the primary drive.

Next step is to take it in and see what the techs can do. I’m not hopeful. This sounds like a major motherboard issue and that’s best case scenario as the hard drive data would be intact.

I have Time Machine running, but I can’t honestly say the last time I checked on it to make sure it was backing up all it needed to as I’m running multi-users on it so the data is pretty fragmented. So between my backup and it possibly NOT being a hard drive issue I do have hope that I haven’t lost everything from the last month.

So having said all that, this strip is on hold, until I’m back up, which will take a long while I’m afraid. There was a lot on that machine. Sad thing is that I was going to launch the Kickstarter campaign for the DaYD book, both of which are 99% on the mac.

New hard drive being installed, should have machine back on Monday. Then a long night of getting it back to normal. I learned that iMacs have a proprietary hard drive that costs $$$$, even third party ones are more expensive than regular drives. This is my last piece of Apple tech as I think that’s total crap. It’s always been that way to a certain extent but hard drives??? C’mon, they always fail and need replacing. Bad enough you have to upgrade the whole computer to stay current with software but now it feels like they are asking you to get a new computer if one part fails. And that just stinks.

3 thoughts on “Death came for my computer

  1. ..shitty luck, that, but at least if you’re not hearing the ‘click of doom’ your suspicions are likely correct…from the symptoms as described, oftentimes it’s a RAM or Video issue, as they’re tested before other components…if it’s crashing before the POST, your hard drive should be unharmed, as it’s not being accessed…I had a machine go dead on me some years ago, some malicious prick had released a time bomb that overwrote my BIOS, along with many other unwitting users of the message board…thankfully, it was a simple repair, wishing you the same! (pull your drive out and set it aside until the rest of the machine is repaired)

  2. Continuing with what Seven said, if you feel comfortable opening up your computer:

    1) Open and use canned air to blow out the dust – it never hurts.

    2) Remove and reinsert your RAM – over time it can come loose and lose contact. Reseating it may fix things.

    3) With your hard disk removed (or at least disconnected), all is well if you get to the point where it flashes a floppy time icon with a question mark (?) over it. At that point, it is looking for a disk to boot from.

    Good luck!

    • It’s in the shop and being looked at today, thanks for the suggestions, didn’t think to yank the RAM before I sent it in, I should’ve done that. Now yanking a hard drive from an iMac isn’t something for the timid so handed it off to some pros. I did all the software/starting tricks so it is hardware related. Best case scenario = toasted hard drive as my backups are intact, and up-to-date, so all is good that way. It’s been a little off since I upgraded to Snow Leopard but I don’t think it’s related.

      I’ll keep you posted when I back up and running. In the meantime I’ll just keep drawing my strips and have them ready for scanning when I get a running machine again.

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