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B and W G3 Hard disk problem

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mbro88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 13, 2012 8:28 AM

I have a Blue and white G3 tower. It began developing a problem a few days back. I thought I had cured it by resetting the permitter memory (zapping the Pram) and check ing out the battery which is good!.

However, it got to only starting by doing that, then the grey descending screen was back telling me to restart my mac, again and again, until I decided to first aid all of it.

It fixed everything yet still I had go nowhere when I tried a normal start up.

So first aided a few times down the left me with the option to reload OSX.

Reloaded the software and it would not. It could not use the hard drive?

I think I have lost connection with the drive. I can identify it yet not verify the content.

I can begin a repair yet it can not end it so does not?

Any ideas?

Next move?

Suspect the drive is dead or the ram, or...?

Thanks!

PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8), macbook pro 2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Feb 13, 2012 10:44 AM (in response to mbro88)

    It easily could be the Hard Drive dying, or even as you guess, bad RAM.

     

    What was the exact error stating when it said it couldn't use the drive?

  • Jeff Level 6 Level 6 (11,160 points)
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    Feb 13, 2012 10:25 PM (in response to mbro88)

    Does your B&W G3 have the original IDE/ATA or SCSI hard drive?  In either case (and even if a newer drive has been installed), hard drives do develop hardware and/or electronic problems after years of usage.  Are the power and data cables plugged into the back of the drive securely?  What version of OS X are you attempting to install and are you using the black retail (universal) installer disk or another Mac's Restore disk?  If you're always able to boot from the optical drive to run Disk Repair from the OS X installer disk, yet it hangs while verifying/repairing the hard drive, the hard drive probably needs to be replaced.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Feb 13, 2012 10:35 PM (in response to mbro88)

    See if it might need a Firmware update to install...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1395?viewlocale=en_US

  • Jeff Level 6 Level 6 (11,160 points)
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    Feb 14, 2012 10:41 PM (in response to mbro88)

    The "You need to restart your computer" message is likely caused by a kernel panic.  You would probably be better off re-installing OS X, but you should first determine what piece of hardware is causing the kernel panic and remove it from the computer.  Do you know if your B&W G3 has the Revision 1 or 2 motherboard?  Check over the "new" features described in this "Accelerate Your Mac" article (especially the "Revised IDE controller" section), compare it to your motherboard, and post back.  I'm wondering if you've got an 80 GB drive installed with a Revision 1 motherboard.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Feb 14, 2012 11:09 PM (in response to mbro88)

    Jeff is a valued, great soure of help & knowledge on this problem, but if you have important data on the drive you absolutely need, then I wouldn't do a reinstall if it's posibly a RAM/Memory problem.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Feb 15, 2012 6:07 PM (in response to mbro88)
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