Frozen iMac

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by BillN, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    My iMac has just frozen - I thought that they did not do that - only had it a few weeks

    mouse moves around but will not launch anything

    the only keyboard key that works is F3 - the spaces thing

    Turning it off and on just causes it to hang in the same way

    where is the Control Alt Delete key

    Thank god for my PC
  2. chuckgoolsbee

    chuckgoolsbee Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 6, 2010
    Bend, Oregon
    You can try command-option-escape (aka: apple-alt-esc) which is sort of like using the task manager in Windows. From there you can kill ("Force Quit") the process that has hung the machine. It should be listed in red.

    Otherwise the on/off button will always reboot it.
  3. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    Thanks Chuck

    sorted it

    T'was the batteries in the mouse - the pointer moved around the screen OK - but when I clicked on anything nothing happened

    Replaced the batteries and it's fine now, I hope

  4. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium

    do you have another mouse you could try - I am wondering if its the mouse button that has got stuck or is broken - a USB PC mouse should work

    Also have you recently installed any other software?

    the equivalent of control alt delete is Command/Alt/Esc - that should bring up a force quit applications box.

  5. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    oops too slow ... not enough coffee yet :)

    glad you found the problem

  6. Bullfrog

    Bullfrog Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Yup, they do. I actually switched back from macs to pcs a few years ago - they just crashed in more interesting ways than my pcs, not with any lesser frequencies :)
  7. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aye bullfrog you better delete what you just said cause Amin only likes the truth on this forum. Don't want to stir up trouble do we. LOL:rofl:
  8. Herman

    Herman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Seems that Bill's "problem" has been solved, Hi Bill, nice to have you back with a powerful mice ! Enjoy your weekend!
  9. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    I've had 3 of those stupid wireless mice.
    Now I use a wired USB mices.

    Watch the batteries in the wireless keyboard if ya have that also.
  10. LisaO

    LisaO Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 18, 2010
    New York Metro Area
    Real Name:
    For future reference. The force quit on Mac is Command Option Escape, if that doesn't work holding the power button down for 3 seconds will force shutdown. Crashes happen every now and then. Even Macs aren't perfect. I agree with above it's always good to have a USB mouse around in case your bluetooth goes awry.
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