Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    PowerMac power failure

    Member Since
    Mar 25, 2008
    Posts
    107
    PowerMac power failure
    computer started freezing up on me today, restarted / rebooted several times. it would run, then lock up. Now the lights go on, but the screen stays blank. the next to last time i restarted, it made this rhythmic whirring noise, so i shut it down again.

    tried calling macedge but figures, it was 10 minutes after closing time. if i hadn't spent so much time fudging around, i could have the claim ticket already started.

    holy crap, i've never had this happen before. is this typical hard drive failure?

    I've got my sister's mac book going through my cable modem, i've got connection at the moment. what is the prognosis of recovery from the non-functioning unit? it was working fine until the last update 2 weeks ago, i was running os x 10.4.11, on safari 4.0.3 (4531.9). i started getting download alerts that i was downloading 'Desktop-X-1', where 'X' increased by one each time this download window popped up. 9 was the last one about an hour before the computer started freezing up.

    At first, I thought it was a safari thing, then it froze up when i was using firefox. i got in safari one last time and it froze up trying to open the google (home) page. Then blank screen with whirring breath-like sound, finally lights on at power switch and screen corner, screen blank, no sound at all.

    i'm trying to stqart it one more time, and wtf, now it lights up and it just did. i tried to write a quick journal entry, saved it (I think, heard the little 'ching' noise). then it froze up again.

  2. #2
    PowerMac power failure
    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    20,052
    Specs:
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.10.5
    Sounds like the drive is beginning to fail and disk recovery is not a cheap item. If you can boot from the OS install disc, and not from your sister's Macbook discs, go to Utilities and select Disk Utility and run Verify Disk from there and see what is reported.

  3. #3
    PowerMac power failure

    Member Since
    Mar 25, 2008
    Posts
    107
    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Sounds like the drive is beginning to fail and disk recovery is not a cheap item. If you can boot from the OS install disc, and not from your sister's Macbook discs, go to Utilities and select Disk Utility and run Verify Disk from there and see what is reported.
    what if i can boot from the hard drive? should i try doing that and select Disk Utility, or do I have to go and try to find my original install discs?

  4. #4
    PowerMac power failure
    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    20,052
    Specs:
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.10.5
    You cannot verify or repair a hard drive you are booted from and need the original install discs as stated.

  5. #5
    PowerMac power failure

    Member Since
    Mar 25, 2008
    Posts
    107
    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    You cannot verify or repair a hard drive you are booted from and need the original install discs as stated.
    how original are we talking, I've got three different boxes, 10.0, 10.3, 10.4.

    do i just go back to the most recent one, or hope that 10.0 is the original? I've had this computer since 2005, and wanted to have OSX right from the start without OS 9 Classic being the default like it is on my G3.

  6. #6
    PowerMac power failure
    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    31,485
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
    Quote Originally Posted by BluesForDan View Post
    what if i can boot from the hard drive? should i try doing that and select Disk Utility, or do I have to go and try to find my original install discs?
    I think that the #1 thing you should do at this moment if you are able to access your hard drive is copy all of your important files ASAP!!!

    If your hard drive is failing it could completely crash at anytime, your important files will be lost, and then you will be very very unhappy!

    - Nick

  7. #7
    PowerMac power failure
    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    20,052
    Specs:
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.10.5
    And if you shared with us your current OS and machine details, could tell you which discs to use. At a guess you have Tiger installed, so use the OS X.4 disc.

  8. #8
    PowerMac power failure

    Member Since
    Mar 25, 2008
    Posts
    107
    i've decided to give my macedge store a shot at this. well, at least it has been educational. I bought the computer with Tiger installed, I've found the orginal install disks. For the time being, i'm going to have them try to reboot the computer and backup my personal documents, and then anything else.

    fortunately, i did not have any of my music stuff on there. the LE version of Pro Tools did not work with Tiger, so I did not record with my G5 at all.

    maybe i could have done it myself, but i should have practiced doing this before it was a crisis situation. i'm going to bite the bullet and pay the 90 bucks an hour. hope it works.

    thanks for the replies. its out of my hands, now, literally. The G5 is in the store. my next thing is to drag my sister's notebook kicking and screaming into the present day. i somehow have a feeling it might not be able to upgrade all the way to snow leopard.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Power unit failure
    By Dadog in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-11-2014, 04:01 PM
  2. power failure when I unplug power cord with a green light
    By jnadler139 in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 12-22-2012, 03:56 PM
  3. OS really slow after power failure
    By pokeman89 in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 03-03-2010, 10:15 PM
  4. G5 power failure help
    By maxsm64 in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-07-2009, 05:48 PM
  5. Power Supply Failure?
    By Icicle in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 04-24-2008, 06:37 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •