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2007 Xeon dual 3.0 Ghz Quad core won't boot up

179 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 26, 2012 1:40 PM by Phillip K RSS
Phillip K Level 3 Level 3 (570 points)
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Nov 20, 2012 8:32 PM

After seeing a report on hacking, I decided to change my password and reinstall Snow Leopard. About halfway through the install, my machine tried to reboot and failed to do so. The video signal gets all weird and the machine puts itself to sleep and ends the process. I was wondering if I might have been hacked or am I just being paranoid. On the first try, I heard some weird banjo music straight out of the twilight zone. Then nothing. It just tries for a few seconds then goes to sleep.

Any advice? I have never seen anything like this in my almost twenty years of owning machines, but then I have never had a virus before.

Dual 3Ghz 8 core, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Logic Studio 9.0.2 Pro 7.2.3/Final Cut Studio 37
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,960 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 6:42 AM (in response to Phillip K)

    Whatever's going on, it's not malware of any kind.


    I've never heard of banjo sounds playing, but strange sounds and beeps during the earliest parts of the startup process are generally indications of hardware issues. That plus the video signal errors you mention makes me strongly suspect you have some kind of hardware error. Are you able to boot from the Snow Leopard install disc at this point?

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,960 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 10:18 AM (in response to Phillip K)

    If you have another bootable system to try, there's nothing to lose by trying it... but I think it's likely you've got a hardware issue.


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