Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 3:13 PM (in response to Bigmacattack1)
With a minute left of the install the computer froze And the fans went crazy. I had to shut it down and now I'm back to where I was, unable to log in...except possibly worse because I'm not sure there's even a desktop available to log into now?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 3:16 PM (in response to Bigmacattack1)
If you let it cool for an hour, does it boot further?
Is the Install Disc still in it?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 6:09 PM (in response to BDAqua)
I left the disk in, I can take it out if I need to.
I tried restarting it just now and it started to do the wheel but froze again.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 6:21 PM (in response to Bigmacattack1)
Hmmm, hopefully we get more helpers in here.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2013 2:52 AM (in response to Bigmacattack1)
I have precisely the same issue with an old powermac g5 as yours. I am only up to running the Apple Hardware Test point but it has passed the fast test and looks like it will pass the second. This makes me think it is a problem with the boot blocks. Rather than start up with the install disc again (it wouldn't mount when I tried it) I am going to try starting it in target mode with a laptop and try and repair the discs. I will let you know how it goes.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2013 4:05 AM (in response to Bigmacattack1)
Well that didn't work. While both the internal hard discs could be accessed and I could run disk utilities to repair them (no problems reported) I could not repair permissions (greyed out) and it would not reboot beyond the grey screen. So, everything seems fine, except it won't start up!
If I have a brainwave/breakthrough, will post it.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2013 5:07 AM (in response to Bigmacattack1)
Well, the thing is up and running. Used the hair dryer trick. For about 5 minutes onto the logic board between the ram slots (not at them) and below the bottom one as well. Got pretty hot but seemed to work, for now. Clearly a logic board issue and this model was plagued by them after a few years of use (already lost one diagonized as that.) Maybe give it another whirl.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 14, 2013 5:17 PM (in response to technobother)
Thanks for the update! I will give the hair dryer trick another try...I'm pretty much out of choices.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 14, 2013 5:35 PM (in response to BDAqua)
So just an updated observation... It let me run from disc today, I haven't turned on the computer in about two weeks and it randomly allowed me to try reinstalling. I made it through the installation and reboot. I was going through the series of questions they ask when you first install, when i got the grey restart screen on the time zone section. I wasn't convinced at first but now I think it's hardware related...I'll try the hairdryer trick again but I'm not sure what else I can do...
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2013 3:57 AM (in response to Bigmacattack1)
Sorry to hear that. Would bet it is the logic board, these models all die that way and with a variety of symptoms that end in kernel panics or freezes, the forums are full of it. My would boot and go for varying periods but in the end I bit the bullet, retired it and bought a replacement mac pro quad core 2008 from eBay. They are not too dear and much faster. Later models better and v1.1 (2006-08) very cheap but slower and possibly looking to die themselves in a couple of years. Sad when they go...but then you get a new one and, over time, despise the old one. Good luck
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2013 12:36 PM (in response to Bigmacattack1)
Alright so I will continue to update this so that if someone else going through the same thing stumbles upon this post it may help them....so after the issue with the reinstall it actually made a second administrator account. It was a mess random things were carried over but the majority of programs etc were not. Basically if it was software related I feel there should be no issue now because I am using a relatively clean slate. I was on it and able to open programs and access the external hard drive with no issues for quite some time. Then I tried going onto safari and it froze and forced me to shut down again.
It lets me log on every five or six tries until today. Today when I was going through finder looking for any more files I might need to rescue it froze and I got a crazy crash message I'd never seen typed across the desktop. Haven't been able to log back on since. Here was the crash message...
Hope the link works ok it would be a lot easier if I could just post the screenshot directly on here....
Currently Being ModeratedAug 15, 2013 4:38 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Sorry to big you again BD, but I was wondering if this makes any sense to you? I'm computer illiterate. This was what popped up when my computer was crashing. I'm hoping you won't mind taking a look...
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