0 Replies Latest reply: Apr 1, 2013 2:32 AM by Ricky Buchanan
Ricky Buchanan Level 1 (15 points)

My old Mac Pro - 2x2.66 Xeon, 4gb memory, 3x500gb disks, uses external Apple monitor 20" or so - has been acting weirdly. Was getting stuck at grey screen when starting up.


We went through all the Gray screen appears during startup troubleshooting: removed peripherals - no luck; tried safe mode - no luck; reset PRAM/NVRam - no luck; wiggle all the cables - no luck; tried safe mode again and it booted but there was a very odd pattern around the cursor:

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The dots and lines in the square varied considerably from few to many in an apparently random pattern - this makes me think video RAM is possible broken? The machine won't boot into hardware test mode so I'm not sure how to test this hypothesis though.


I know it's fairly old and very well used, but financially replacing it right now would be über-difficult so I'd be really happy if it'd last just another year ... any suggestions??



Mac Pro (2x2.66 Xeon, 4gb memory, 3x500gb disks), Mac OS X (10.5.6), Also use KeyStroke, VisioVoice, and MacSpeech Dictate