Currently Being ModeratedDec 23, 2012 8:20 AM (in response to filgisher)
Currently Being ModeratedDec 23, 2012 10:34 AM (in response to filgisher)
One way to test is to Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, Test for problem in Safe Mode...
PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive
Reboot, test again.
If it only does it in Regular Boot, then it could be some hardware problem like Video card, (Quartz is turned off in Safe Mode), or Airport, or some USB or Firewire device, or 3rd party add-on, Check System Preferences>Accounts>Login Items window to see if it or something relevant is listed.
Check the System Preferences>Other Row, for 3rd party Pref Panes.
Also look in these if they exist, some are invisible...
Currently Being ModeratedDec 24, 2012 11:27 AM (in response to BDAqua)
Safe boot seems to be working so I tried regular boot, same problem. Safe booted again and went to Disk Util, ran permissions repair which found 9 items and corrected them. Than I did regualr boot again, same problem. All USB and firewire devices except keyboard and mouse are disconnected. I've looked in Syst Pref pane and found 4 other 3rd party, how do I determine if any of these are start up items? I've checked the system profiler's startup items list and didn't see any of them. Also checked the System/Library/StartupItems and System/Library/LaunchDaemons and didn't see any of the 3rd parties there. Thanks for the help, much appreciated.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 31, 2013 2:53 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Sorry it took so long to reply. Emac finally went down on christmas morning, no video. I can turn it on and hear the hard drive spinning, see the power light come on but nothing further, regardless if its a safe boot or not. Finally purchased a newer Mac (imac 2.7 Ghz core i5 with the standard 4 GB) just a few days ago. It's a huge upgrade to say the least. Anyhow, I'd still like to try and get the Emac up and running again. Thankfully I managed to get the really important stuff backed up, but I still have a ton of music files and a few pix that I'd like to try and get back. Any ideas besides just taking it to a data retrieval service? i've been reading about video card problems and bad capacitors causing similar symptoms. I believe both of these would require taking the shell off and doing some extensive work to get everything inside apart. I have had the shell off to try and look for bulging or leaking capacitors, but didn't go any farther as I don't know how to ground the crt to take care of any residual voltage issues mentioned in many posts. Thanks again -
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 17, 2013 10:44 AM (in response to filgisher)
Well, I think your best bet is to get a TB->Firewire cable & a 9 pin to 6 pin FW adapter or cable, & hope the eMac boots in Target mode to be used as a big FW drive...
It sounds like it's running, just without video, so t mode may do it for us.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 17, 2013 5:32 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Thanks a million for all your posts. I'm going to go this week and get the cable, hopefully it will get into t mode.
Keep your fingers crossed and I'll post as soon as I try it. -Gil
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2013 12:49 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Success! I am in! U da man! Still no video on the emac, but at least I can see what's in the hard drive and now i will try to salvage what I can. Will let you know how the file transfers go. Once again, can't thank you enough, not sure what I'd have done without your help. - Gil
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