Frozen iMac

BillN

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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

Help
where is the Control Alt Delete key

Thank god for my PC
 

chuckgoolsbee

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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.
 

BillN

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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

Cheers
 

kevinparis

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hmmm

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.

K
 

Herman

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Seems that Bill's "problem" has been solved, Hi Bill, nice to have you back with a powerful mice ! Enjoy your weekend!
 

Streetshooter

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Bill,
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.
 

LisaO

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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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