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I'm having problem at startup with my emac

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filgisher Calculating status...
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Dec 23, 2012 6:00 AM

1.42 Ghz 512MB RAM  running OS 10.4.11. Usually freezes at the blue screen b4 sign in or will just stay at the  spinning wheel on the grey apple screen.

Tried booting from the restore dvd that came with the computer, got to disk repair and ran it. It found a minor problem that was repaired, then went back to same old ways as soon as I turned off the computer and tried to start up again. I did a safe boot this morning and managed to get on, but I don't think this will last either as I did the same thing about 5 days ago and the problems just keep coming back at startup. Any ideas?

eMac (2005), Mac OS X (10.4.11), 1.42 Ghz 512 MB RAM
  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,555 points)
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    Dec 23, 2012 8:20 AM (in response to filgisher)

    What does Disk Utility say about the SMART status of the drive? Open DU, highlight the name of the hard drive (not the volume) as shown below:

     

    Screen shot 2012-12-23 at 8.18.19 AM.png

    then look at the info at the bottom for the SMART status (lower right of image).

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Dec 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...

     

    /private/var/run/StartupItems

    /Library/StartupItems

    /System/Library/StartupItems

    /System/Library/LaunchDaemons

    /Library/LaunchDaemons

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Dec 24, 2012 6:46 PM (in response to filgisher)

    In Safe Mode...

     

    Open console in Applications>Utilities, check the system log for the date/time of the last problem  & the Startup right after that for clues.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Feb 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...

     

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD464ZM/A/apple-thunderbolt-to-firewire-adapte r

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/1394B96120/

     

    Target mode...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1661

     

    It sounds like it's running, just without video, so t mode may do it for us.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 6:20 PM (in response to filgisher)

    OK, anxious to hear good news!

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 4:22 PM (in response to filgisher)

    Great news Gil, thanks & good luck!

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