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My iMac Won’t Start Up

There could be several reasons why my iMac won’t start up, and troubleshooting will depend on the specific symptoms you’re experiencing. Here are some general steps you can try:

  1. Check Power Connection:
    • Make sure the power cable is securely connected to both the iMac and a functional power outlet.
    • If you’re using a power strip, ensure it is working properly.
  2. Verify Display Connection:
    • Check the display connection to ensure it’s properly connected.
    • If you’re using an external display, try connecting directly to the iMac’s built-in display.
  3. Restart:
    • Press and hold the power button for a few seconds until the iMac shuts down.
    • Wait a few seconds and then press the power button again to start it up.
  4. Reset SMC (System Management Controller):
    • If your iMac has a T2 chip, shut it down.
    • Hold down the power button for 10 seconds, then release it.
    • Wait a few seconds and press the power button again to start it up.
  5. Reset NVRAM/PRAM:
    • Shut down your iMac.
    • Turn it back on and immediately press and hold the following keys: Command + Option + P + R.
    • Keep holding the keys until you hear the startup sound for the second time, then release them.
  6. Boot in Safe Mode:
    • Restart your iMac and hold down the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
    • Safe Mode performs some checks and may fix startup issues. Restart again after entering Safe Mode.
  7. Disk Utility:
    • Boot your iMac into Recovery mode by holding down Command + R during startup.
    • Open Disk Utility and check and repair the disk if necessary.
  8. Check for Hardware Issues:
    • If the above steps don’t resolve the issue, there might be a hardware problem. Contact Apple Support or visit an Apple Authorized Service Provider for further assistance.

If you’re still unable to start up your iMac after trying these steps, it’s advisable to seek help from Apple Support or seek professional assistance.

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