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Mac Pro 1.1 won't boot.

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Jan 14, 2011 1:50 PM
So I got this tower from a friend because he said it was defective and I thought I could do something with it. He kept the hard drive so I got one from a recent Imac (640gig with OSX 10.6.5 installed).

I know already that there is a problem with the video card as there are some colored shapes all over when starting it. I hear the Apple chime and the little spinning circle goes on forever or the dark curtain comes down and tells me to restart the computer.

I'm unable to boot from install disk (dark curtain comes down).

I am however able to safe boot (not sure what to do with that).

Could all this be because of the video card?? I'm willing to eventually change the video card but want to make sure that the computer will work properly. I don't want to dish out 200$ and then be told that I need a new logic board.

Thanks in advance for helping out,
Mac Pro Quad 2.66, Mac OS X (10.6.5), 640gig hd, 5gigs ram
  • Smokerz Level 6 Level 6 (9,155 points)
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    Jan 15, 2011 4:19 AM (in response to ravemeister92)
    two thoughts:

    the hard drive if pulled from an older Mac is most likely not formatted to be acceptable to that intel mac pro. Example, if the hard drive was pulled from a G5 tower then that hard drive must be reformatted.

    Secondly, the "dark curtain" means something is not compatible with the Mac Pro. If the video card is a third party add-in then suspect it. Also any third party add-in can cause a kernel panic such as an optical drive, incompatible ram. Maybe you need to review or interview the previous owner. Ask the proper questions and tart from there.

    Take that Mac pro back to its original state as best you can then do the evaluation.
    MacPro 2.8 8 core Xeon with 5.2 terabytes includes an SSD X25M, Mac OS X (10.6.5), LG Blu Ray optical external


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