Currently Being ModeratedJan 22, 2013 9:42 PM (in response to puffteach)
Could be many things, we should start with this...
"Try Disk Utility
1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.
2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)
*Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*
3. Click the First Aid tab.
4. Select your Mac OS X volume.
5. Click Repair Disk, (not Repair Permissions). Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."
Then try a Safe Boot, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it completes.
(Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2013 8:00 AM (in response to puffteach)
A few things to consider:
1) Did you use a full retail install disk to install Leopard? Looks like this:
The gray system install/restore disks from another Mac wont do a proper job
2) How much free space on your hard drive did the installation leave? If you do the Archive & Install option, the old system folder is retained and that eats HD space. Highlight your hard drive icon on the desktop and then type command i to get this:
"Available" should be no less than 10-15 percent of "Capacity."
3) How much RAM is installed? Leopard wants more than Tiger; 1GB RAM is the real-world minimum for Leopard. If you have a 1.25Ghz or 1.42gHz eMac, you can safely install up to 2GB RAM if you get the RAM from the right place.eMac 1.42Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 1.25G RAM + eMac 700mHz 768MB RAM
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 9:00 AM (in response to Allan Jones)
If you have a 1.25Ghz or 1.42gHz eMac, you can safely install up to 2GB RAM if you get the RAM from the right place.
I'm thinking about updating my eMac from 10.4.11 to 10.5 and the RAM from 1GB to 2GB. Where is the "right place" to get the RAM?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 10:16 AM (in response to jsmkcmo)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2013 8:52 PM (in response to BDAqua)
I tried steps 1-5 but had the same spinning wheel. Then I tried doing a safe boot. While in safe boot mode I did a software update and downloaded and installed the 10.5.8 combined upgrade. When the computer restarted I was rid of the spinning wheel and able to open most of the programs in my dock. I assumed that it was the software update that did the trick but after reading your post again I'm thinking that it might have been starting up in safe mode that did the needed repairs. Thanks for your help.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2013 8:59 PM (in response to Allan Jones)
I installed 512 MB of ram (doubling the ram). I did not notice much of a difference in performance. I have an identical eMac sitting right next to the eMac I am working on and it still is significantly faster. Is there something I need to do after installing more ram? I clicked on About This Mac and the new ram is showing up (it now indicates that I have 1 GB of ram).