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Temporary black screen on booting
#60001 11/23/21 01:13 AM
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A couple of times, when I boot up my iMac, the background is black and it remains that way for a minutes or so, at which time the Dock and the regular wallpaper appear. It doesn't seem to affect performance but i wonder if it's a precursor of an impending problem. If so, is there some action I should be taking?


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Re: Temporary black screen on booting
ryck #60002 11/23/21 05:10 PM
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You could run Apple's hardware diagnostics and see if anything shows up.


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Re: Temporary black screen on booting
Ira L #60003 11/23/21 10:26 PM
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Thanks. Interesting process, but "No Issues Found".


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Re: Temporary black screen on booting
ryck #60004 11/23/21 11:57 PM
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The Genius Bar has a more extensive set of tests they can run. Be aware that since your problem is intermittent, they would probably want to keep your iMac at least over night for thorough testing.

If this is happening after a cold boot and your iMac has a fusion drive my suspicion would be the had drive portion of the fusion drive is getting a little slow to spin up which is par for the course with rotating rust. If you have an appropriate version of Micromat's TechTool Pro or Drive Scope the detailed S.M.A.R.T. attributes MIGHT yield more information about the expected long term health of your drive.

If this is happening after your iMac has been asleep (not powered down) in System Preferences > Energy Saver try setting;
  • Prevent your Mac from automatically sleeping when the display sleeps to ON
  • Put hard disk to sleep whenever possible to OFF



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