My dad recently "gifted" me a very old iMac (device model: A1311) running software version Mac OS X 10.6.8, better known as Snow Leopard. Before repurposing it for God knows what, he asked that I wipe the computer. No problem, right? After all, this is very easy to do on more modern versions of MacOS. Since Snow Leopard was the last major release to not come with a recovery partition, the options are Internet Recovery or to boot off the Snow Leopard DVD, which I just happen to have. I tried to boot into recovery mode over and over and the iMac just spits out the disc on boot (throws me right to the login screen). Eventually, it gave me something different but altogether less helpful: a blank white screen. Nothing material changed to cause such a dramatic difference at boot. No new hardware; it didn't get moved or dropped, nothing.
So this is where I am at now: a blank white screen. There's no indication that anything is wrong with the hard drive (no blinking folder with a question mark, no sad Mac, no clicking sound) but then again, it isn't doing anything to indicate that anything is going well. A PRAM reset is possible (three chimes) but upon release I still have a white screen. DVD is still getting spit out after 10 seconds or so after boot. Single user mode won't work either. Booting from disc (Command + C) also yields nothing.
At this point it's more a me vs. the computer situation but I was wondering if any of you fine, smart people had any ideas for how to defeat this boss. I'll admit being slightly rusty with legacy OS X so maybe there's something I've just forgotten that is a quick fix. Either way, thanks for reading.