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second hand mac g5 dual 2.7 help pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
to cut a long story short i have just got an apple g5 desktop (not brand new) as far as i know its a 2.7gig machine with 2x512 sticks of ddr ram

so i turn it on hear the chime and the grey screen comes on and the apple logo, sometimes it follows through and has a rotating icon and goes to the desktop most time it just does nothing but stay on the apple logo

i have no idea of what the problem is and i have a max os x cd that will not boot up if i hold the "c" key down after the chime, also holding "shift" key down after the chime wont let me boot into safe mode

the one time i got onto the desktop it froze after around 3 minutes

is there anything i can so as all the things i have searched for thus far just lead me to more confusion. I am a total novice when it comes to apple computers and any advice or help would be great

if you need any info about what its doings (or not doing in my case) please let me know i will try to give you as much info as i can


all i want is a running computer
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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#1
it sounds t me like either a ram or hard drive fault. i'd be more inclined to go with the hdd fault, do you have a spare drive you can do a test install of?
#2
well not as such i have 2 in my pc one 500 and another 30 but one has my windows os on it i know i dont have a ram error as this morning i got it to boot and got to 50% re-install i thought i had it covered but it froze and im back to square one :(
#3
How long do you leave it with the apple logo on? Sometimes it could just be taking it's time to boot up.
If it is possible to boot up again, check if there are any updates that need installing by selecting the apple logo in the top left.

2.7gb sounds very small, are you sure that information is correct?
#4
Magic_monkey
How long do you leave it with the apple logo on? Sometimes it could just be taking it's time to boot up.
If it is possible to boot up again, check if there are any updates that need installing by selecting the apple logo in the top left.

2.7gb sounds very small, are you sure that information is correct?


yes when i got it on the desktop i looked at the info and thats what it said
i left if for about 20 mins until it made the sound of an airplane taking off the fans just get faster and faster i cant understand it ?
lol
#5
Magic_monkey;2913941
How long do you leave it with the apple logo on? Sometimes it could just be taking it's time to boot up.
If it is possible to boot up again, check if there are any updates that need installing by selecting the apple logo in the top left.

2.7gb sounds very small, are you sure that information is correct?


I assume it refers to the 2.7Ghz processor rather than the hard drive.

John
#6
Johnmcl7
I assume it refers to the 2.7Ghz processor rather than the hard drive.

John


yes its a dual core 2.7 ghx with a 250 sata 150 hdd
#7
Johnmcl7
I assume it refers to the 2.7Ghz processor rather than the hard drive.

John


Ohhhh yea! Of course! Don't I feel stupid now... :oops: lol
#8
still stuck here guys this computer is really fustrating me out i am gonna drop kick it but its too heavy to lift
#9
Thought macs never went wrong?,
lol soz m8 but as others have said ,seriously sounds like a knacked hdd error, knocked in transit prob
#10
i'd still bet at a hdd problem. if theres nothing on there that you need then do a low level format on the drive. this sometimes helps temporarily.

where in the country are you?

n/m can see now its lancashire . too far away for me to help in person
#11
well like a d**khead i formatted it extarnally on my pc now its in NTFS and my pc wont let me format in fat32 even tho mac format is hfs+ so unless i get another mac im well and trully f****d for time being i have never owned a mac and now i know why there absolute s*** steve jobs should have been shot at birth
#12
a mac is not a pc, treating it like one aint going to help will it.

i'd advise you to get a mac friend to check it out. possibly re-format everything (zero all) which will take all night as it wipes out everything on it. and start again afresh with new software installation. think about it as your mac initiation ;) all of us mac users have had this 'crisis' before but after it's done and over with, you'd be like, what was i thinking!

breathe in breathe out, keep calm.

there are also forums to post your problem (friendly mac addicts out there) if you're still stuck. how about the bloke who sold/gave you the G5?
#13
tsar_nate
well like a d**khead i formatted it extarnally on my pc now its in NTFS and my pc wont let me format in fat32 even tho mac format is hfs+ so unless i get another mac im well and trully f****d for time being i have never owned a mac and now i know why there absolute s*** steve jobs should have been shot at birth


try a linux live cd, the linux fdisk is far superior to ms ones at creating different disk file systems, prob find it can do hfs
#14
there's loads of ways out of the format issue. you can simply delete the partition or there's loads of utilities around than will format it for you. i'd just delete the partition
#15
sorted the format thing but its still not fixed


do these things have an over heating issue of common fault in a thermostat maybe cos it seems like after 10 or 15 mins it turns off and after that it just wont load anything or go past the aplle screen
but from cold or after 40 mins it will start for 10 mins again

40th install of os x and still no joy crashed at the last stage :(
#16
tsar_nate
sorted the format thing but its still not fixed


do these things have an over heating issue of common fault in a thermostat maybe cos it seems like after 10 or 15 mins it turns off and after that it just wont load anything or go past the aplle screen
but from cold or after 40 mins it will start for 10 mins again

40th install of os x and still no joy crashed at the last stage :(


if thats the case def sounds like a hardware issue, try cleaning fan vents etc, not opened one of those so can't say but sure it can't be that hard to check cpu fan/hs
#17
the internal architecture is not very different to PCs you get overheating issues but i'd still be inclined to check the HDD first (they overheat as well)
#18
http://www.macintouch.com/readerreports/powermacg5/topic2214.html

"May. 16, 2007
Rich Cruse

I am guessing that a random shut down when doing processor intensive work may be a symptom of overheating. In other words, you may have a cooling issue and the computer sleeps to spare any damage to the components.

I would suggest downloading Temperature Monitor. There is also a widget. Make sure the temps of the processors or graphics card isn't staying at over 160 deg. Mine have at or below 120, but my old iMac G5 was always over 150. Use the Hardware Test disc to make sure everything is working okay.

I would also run the Activity Monitor and check CPU usage and make sure there aren't any runaway processes. An Archive and Install may be needed if it is a System problem.

Lastly, if the heat seems to be a problem, shut down the computer, open it up and blow out any dust that may have accumulated on the components with canned air. The dust acts like a blanket and will prevent heat disappation. Consider putting the computer on the desk or up off the floor to avoid dust."
#19
ok peeps new updae i chacked everything else but the hdd as i didnt have a spare i managed to get hold of one from my friends shop and SUCCESS a great quick install and its all good to go

so now im looking for a cheap replacement 250 gig sata hdd

THANK YOU too all who helped and you were a big help to me now i just need to get myself a cheap reliable harddrive and im a happy chappie
#20
cool! well done ... sorted!
#21
cool glad you got it sorted. you'll find cheapish SATA drives from PC world as long as you either pricematch with play or a web exclusive price
#22
i asked my mate and gave him £30 for the 160 gig he lent me and for his help thanks guys

so 160 will do me for now i might sell it but im still not sure

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