3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2007 1:05 PM by Thomas Bryant
Jim Stembridge Level 2 (170 points)
Just bought a used G5 2GHz dual (2003 model) with 3 gigs of ram, 160 gig hd, original 9600 pro card plus another ATI VGA card (that's what system profiler calls it). I don't have an adapter for the 9600 pro card so i can't run my VGA monitor from it.

1. If I try to restart or shutdown from the apple menu, the menu bar and dock go away and leave just the background and mouse and freezes. Never restarts or shuts down without using the button on the front. The mouse moves around but nothing else.
2. If I boot from the install/restore disc, it works fine but the hard drive is funky...sometimes i can do disk repair (and it will unmount) and other times it says it can't unmount.
3. If I try to run the Apple Hardware Test (2.1 on the disc), it tells me to hold the opttion key down while the machine boots. If i do that, it never boots and further, if i keep holding the option key down, the fans start running louder and louder till I really was afraid it was going to blow up and so hit the button on the front to turn it off.

So, how do I run AHT? All the manual and info I've read says to hold down the option key to access it but if I do that, like I said, the machine will not boot up.

Power Mac G4 MDD,1.25 GHz Single, 2 GB RAM, 80GB HD, Mac OS X (10.4.8), 400 GB RAID, Pioneer DVR-110, (2) 60 GB Ipod Video, 1GB Shuffle
  • Thomas Bryant Level 6 (13,865 points)
    Hello! Sounds like you have directory problems and DiskWarrior is your best shot at solving the problem. It's a "must have" utility. Tom
  • Jim Stembridge Level 2 (170 points)
    Directory problems? What do you mean? Can ANYONE help?
  • Thomas Bryant Level 6 (13,865 points)
    Hello Again! "If I boot from the install/restore disc, it works fine but the hard drive is funky".

    If you can't boot from the install disc and correct the problem then DiskWarrior is probably the only thing other than an erase and install that will correct the problem. Sometimes DiskUtility can't repair problems. The disk's directory is the "road map" where everything is located on the disk and a corrupt one manifests itself in various ways. You might try booting with the shift key down to force a disk check but it sounds like DiskUtility can't repair it. Tom