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My i mac wont boot up past the start screen

Update:11-30Source: network consolidation
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My imac wont boot up past the grey screen with the apple logo, the progress bar gets to about midway and stalls at this point.
I even left the system on in this state for the remainder of the day to no avail.
The original problem which resulted in the grey screen, was that when the system did boot up i had a black screen with only the task bar, however when the task bar tabs opened i could not get any of the options to actually operate/function. At this point i turned the system of and after the third attempt the system faltered to the grey screen.
I have tried the Safe mode boot/nram/pra/smc rests but the system still stalls midway on the progress bar, even holding the c key.
Help please....

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See if the computer will boot into the Recovery Partition (Command + R on startup) if it won't that means the HD has likely crashed and the ONLY thing to do is get it serviced.
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