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After Hard System Freeze, Login Screen is Pinstriped and Unresponsive

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Jun 24, 2009 9:30 PM
I had a hard freeze on Sunday on my G5/2x2 PowerMac running 10.5.6. I could move the mouse, but nothing else on the system responded. The dock wouldn't even unhide. I couldn't force quit anything. So, I shut down the system using the button on the Mac. When I tried to start the Mac, I got to the login screen, but it had a pinstripe and then froze on the screen with the Apple, but no login screen. I tried booting with the shift key. Same. Then, I tried booting from the internal back-up drive and a got a pinstriped screen with a question marked folder, then the same freeze. The same happened when I attached a firewire boot drive and tried to boot holding cmd-opt-shift-del. Same result. Any ideas? Thanks.
PowerMac G5/2x2, a MacBook C2D/2.0, iPhone 3GS, 1st & 5th gen iPods, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • nerowolfe Level 6 Level 6 (13,070 points)
    Neil2 wrote:
    I wanted to try to boot from the system install disc, but I don't know how to open the drive tray in order to insert the disc.

    Doesn't the tray open key work?
    You may have suffered a logic or motherboard failure, or perhaps a partial power supply failure.
    Be sure all non-essential peripherals are unplugged and try doing a PRAM reset.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1379
    MacBookPro3,1-17"Core2Duo/VistaUlt64SP1; MacBookPro1,1-15"/XPProSP3; Dual G5/XPP, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Homebrew 3GHz ASUS PC, Dell Inspiron8k, Abacus, Sliderule, HP-50G

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