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    Dual-Core PPC G5 Freezing?

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    Dual-Core PPC G5 Freezing?
    It'll run for around 15 minutes, then everything will freeze. All progress bars will stop and stop being animated, I can still move my mouse, but can't click on anything, can't drag anything, the keyboard does nothing. After waiting around 10 minutes, it unfreezes, sorta - if I tried to drag anything earlier, it will then drag, but it'll freeze up immediately again. Specs:

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: Power Mac G5
    Model Identifier: PowerMac7,3
    Processor Name: PowerPC G5 (3.0)
    Processor Speed: 2.5 GHz
    Number Of CPUs: 2
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.25 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: 5.1.8f8
    Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-000D9358FDA0



    ATI Radeon 9600 XT:

    Chipset Model: ATY,RV360
    Type: Display
    Bus: AGP
    Slot: SLOT-1
    VRAM (Total): 128 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x4152
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    ROM Revision: 113-A13602-121
    Displays:
    SyncMaster:
    Resolution: 1680 x 1050 @ 60 Hz
    Depth: 32-Bit Color
    Core Image: Software
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Quartz Extreme: Not Supported
    Display Connector:
    Status: No Display Connected

    Serial-ATA Bus:

    ST3250823AS:

    Capacity: 232.89 GB
    Model: ST3250823AS
    Revision: 3.03
    Serial Number: 3ND1GXN7
    Removable Media: No
    Detachable Drive: No
    BSD Name: disk0
    Protocol: ata
    Unit Number: 0
    Socket Type: Serial-ATA
    Bay Name: "A (upper)"
    Mac OS 9 Drivers: No
    Partition Map Type: APM (Apple Partition Map)
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
    Volumes:
    Boot:
    Capacity: 232.76 GB
    Available: 29.23 GB
    Writable: Yes
    File System: Journaled HFS+
    BSD Name: disk0s3
    Mount Point: /

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    Dual-Core PPC G5 Freezing?
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    It could be the amount of space you have left on your HDD, best to keep more than 15% free as it gets a little critical below that amount and defragmenting starts to occur. 15% for that drive is over 30gb so you are already there.
    My suggestion, clear what you can from the drive, backup, format then re-install OSX and restore from backup!

    Hope this helps

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    Dual-Core PPC G5 Freezing?
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    Are you running iStat? What kind of CPU temps are you running? Fans in good shape and interior clean for good airflow?
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snipeye View Post
    It'll run for around 15 minutes, then everything will freeze. All progress bars will stop and stop being animated, I can still move my mouse, but can't click on anything, can't drag anything, the keyboard does nothing. After waiting around 10 minutes, it unfreezes, sorta
    How long have you had this computer?...you've had it for a while & it always ran fine...or did you just get it?

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Dual-Core PPC G5 Freezing?

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    I'm not running iStat, but I got rid of all/any dust in the interior yesterday. (After the problems started happening). The machine usually runs pretty cool, though perhaps the fans have been on a little bit more than usually lately...

    On the chance that it is defragging that's lagging everything down, is there a dedicated tool I could run to do it, rather than letting the system do it automatically?

    EDIT: In response to the post above me, I've had this computer for a number of years.

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    Dual-Core PPC G5 Freezing?

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    Update: I seem to have found at least one cause: It froze when I tried to verify (via disk utility) the boot drive. I used Onyx and it reported everything normal, but I'm not convinced...

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    Dual-Core PPC G5 Freezing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snipeye View Post
    Update: I seem to have found at least one cause: It froze when I tried to verify (via disk utility) the boot drive. I used Onyx and it reported everything normal, but I'm not convinced...
    You didn't answer "Buzzard2010" question about how full is your hard drive. An almost full hard drive can cause strange problems. If your hard drive is not almost full...then your hard drive could be failing.

    One way to isolate if the problem is the hard drive...boot the computer from an OS install CD/DVD...and see if your computer still has a problem. If not...this could point to an HD problem.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Dual-Core PPC G5 Freezing?
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    The OP had this far down in the statistics list

    Capacity: 232.76 GB
    Available: 29.23 GB
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Dual-Core PPC G5 Freezing?

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    The hard drive is quite old, I'm trying booting off a different drive in the computer, but the copy could take a while. No clue where my 10.5 install disks are, so I'm just copying all the files from the boot drive to the other one.

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    Dual-Core PPC G5 Freezing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Razormac View Post
    The OP had this far down in the statistics list

    Capacity: 232.76 GB
    Available: 29.23 GB
    Thanks Razormac...missed that in that long list of details.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Dual-Core PPC G5 Freezing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snipeye View Post
    The hard drive is quite old, I'm trying booting off a different drive in the computer, but the copy could take a while. No clue where my 10.5 install disks are, so I'm just copying all the files from the boot drive to the other one.
    Good luck. If you can find those disks...that would make it easier. Plus you never know when you need to install the OS on a new drive...so having those disks handy is helpful.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Dual-Core PPC G5 Freezing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Razormac View Post
    The OP had this far down in the statistics list

    Capacity: 232.76 GB
    Available: 29.23 GB
    Actually where I got my question from lol

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    Dual-Core PPC G5 Freezing?

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    OK, found the install disks, did a fresh install on a different (newer) drive, and it seemed to work... for a day. Now I'm getting the same problem. HELP!

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    Dual-Core PPC G5 Freezing?
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    Well with the ATI Radeon 9600 card it is not a Dual Core but a Dual Processor. From your description sounds like an overheating or logic board problem still.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Dual-Core PPC G5 Freezing?

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    OK, I took the entire thing apart (this is the watercooled version) to check for leaks, anything - seems to be fine. I tried booting it off the install CD, it gets past the grey apple + gear, goes to a blue screen, I get a mouse.... and nothing. Just stays there - when I try to boot of a hard drive, gets to the same point, but then the hard drive starts making weird sounds. Diagnostic?

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