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#1 User is offline   JamieD 

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 06:45 PM

Mac froze up and all I had was a black screen with the 'spinning beach ball of death' a few minutes ago. Hard powered off the iMac by holding down the power button until it powered off then powered it on again.

After logging in noted that my Magic Trackpad was no longer working, checked the Bluetooth icon at the top of the screen and status is "Bluetooth: Not available". Ok thought to myself lets zap the PRAM, rebooted held down Command+Option+P+R and got the second start up chime, released the keys and the machine once again came back to a log on screen after a few minutes. Logged in ans still have no Bluetooth available which makes me suspect some kind of hardware fault and I am nervous as to what is going to stop working next.

I'd welcome any suggestions on what to do, machine is a few months out of Apple Care which expired around May this year. We really cannot afford to have to buy a new machine and the moment so any suggestions would be welcome - if it just stays as dead Bluetooth then that's OK at least I can still use the machine, just not any Bluetooth devices! But if it might be indicative of some other problems that I'm yet to experience I think I'd like to know in advance.

Machine is an early 2008 iMac (iMac8,1), 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo with 4GB of memory running Lion 10.7.1
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Posted 08 October 2011 - 07:22 PM

What a bad time for this to happen to you Jamie.

I'm wondering if Lion is the problem. You just never know.

If you have the time, maybe do a clean install of Snow Leopard and see if that fixes the problem.
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Posted 08 October 2011 - 07:53 PM

Hmm sounds like mine before the logic board went, and i am sorry to say it was the same year and model, I think your best option is to back everything up, and just use a wired mouse.
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Posted 08 October 2011 - 08:50 PM

There's something a bit fishy going on here, mine went in March, and I recall someone else's did the same (dead hard drive), so that's four out of a very small sample pool.

Anyone for a conspiracy theory?

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 04:53 AM

Eureka! It's working again now. As a last ditch attempt this morning I shut down the Mac, removed the mains power cord and left unplugged for about a minute and then plugged it in again and powered up. The Mac booted and at the logon screen showed the image of the track-pad with the word "connected" underneath it. Logged in and all is now back to normal.

Hopefully it was just a one off thing and the Mac will keep going for quite a while yet!
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 05:52 AM

Excellent Jamie.
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 09:09 AM

Good news Jamie :)

Just to be safe though I would be extra anal about backing up if I were you.
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 11:13 AM

View PostIslandhead, on 09 October 2011 - 09:09 AM, said:

Good news Jamie :)

Just to be safe though I would be extra anal about backing up if I were you.


Yep, I'd say TimeMachine AND SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner on separate drives - just in case!

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 02:13 PM

View PostIslandhead, on 09 October 2011 - 12:09 PM, said:

Good news Jamie :)

Just to be safe though I would be extra anal about backing up if I were you.


I am being. I have time machine running all the time and I do a Carbon Copy Cloner backup every weekend and take that in to work and leave it there for the week.

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