iMac boot failure!!!!!!

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  1. gnftrs

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    Hi all, need a bit of help please. When I start my iMac I log onto my user account it doesn't boot properly. The background appears normal but nothing else appears. Yet if I log onto the guest account it works fine. Everything loads correctly. Anybody any suggestions?
     
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    Mac troubleshooting: How to handle freezes and crashes | Macworld

    Check out some suggestions here. I'd try the Safe Boot option and Repair Disk option.

    Good luck! Remember if it's still in warranty or you have Applecare extended warranty you can get telephone support from Apple or book for a genius to fix at your local Apple store.
     
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    I had to use the boot up disk to access the disk repair option. It found a couple of errors and fixed them but the main user account still does not boot propery. Strange as the gust one works fine.
     
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    What version of OS X are you running? Latest Mountain Lion 10.8.4?
     
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    Os x 10.5.8
     
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    That's Leopard then. Do you know if you have an Intel processor based imac or whether it's the older PowerPC Processor kind?

    If it's Intel you really should use this as an excuse to upgrade to at least Snow Leopard OS X 10.6 as at that point all the powerpc code was pulled out and made the OS much faster and takes less space on the hard drive too.

    However if it's a powerpc based mac then Leopard 10.5 is as new as you can go.
     
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    Yep, it's the intel based processor. The machine is 4 years old I think.
     
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    Well you can definitely upgrade to either Snow Leopard 10.6, Lion 10.7 and most probably latest Mountain Lion 10.8 too.

    Definitely consider at least going to Snow Leopard as it will improve the speed of the OS over standard Leopard. Where are you based? I do Mac support and upgrades etc.

    If you want a crack at reinstalling your Leopard installation with your Leopard disc this may help:
    How to Reinstall Mac OS X (Leopard and Earlier) (with Pictures)

    Meantime did you try the First Aid Disk Utility again? Worth running a few times to check no more errors.
     

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