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F*ck, D!mn, Sh&t, C$ck, Ahhhh!!!

July 6th, 2008 · 4 Comments

g5This is not a tribute post on the loss of George Carlin. Oh this pains me. My Desktop G5 is on it’s last legs… um I know it doesn’t have legs but I’m too pissed to think of anything else. Every time I start it up it freezes on me. I ran the Apple Hardware test and everything passed. I ran disk utilities and the one time that the computer didn’t freeze it fixed a bunch of permissions. I ran a software update and it now has 10.5.4.

The reason why I’m pissed is obvious, I’m a freelancer and I rely heavily on my desktop to edit and do motion graphics. I am happy that I have a Macbook Pro with FCP Suite 2 and AdobeCS3 on it. The hard drives from the desktop are safe but I think this might be the time I have to upgrade to the Mac Pro. It couldn’t have come at a worse time financially either. I was going to take a nice week long vacation with my wife to celebrate our anniversary at the end of the month. I guess we will re-arrange our plans, but I’ll be damned if we don’t have a good trip.

Before I strip this machine of it’s parts does anyone know of a reasonable service that will look at the machine?

Update 3:00 PM 7/7/08
I failed to mention that my video card has been acting up the past couple of weeks. Every time I start up one of the two monitors blinks and has a hard time staying on. I have to open the ATI preference pane and force the computer to use one display. Then go back and undo the force option and the other monitor opens up just fine. That happens every time I startup my computer.

I’m reinstalling Leopard on a new hard drive… none of the RAM tests worked. If this doesn’t work I have no idea what will.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GroovyBrent // Jul 7, 2008 at 1:26 am

    Well… first thing I’d do is create a temporary “clean” user (if you can get that far!) and see if this new user has the same issues when you log in. If so, the next thing I’d do before purchasing new hardware is a complete system reinstall (clone your current drive so you have a backup, and do an “erase and install” from your Leopard disks. Then reinstall all your software from original disks/new downloads, and finally copy your folders and documents from the clone).

    If that doesn’t work, the next most likely culprit is memory. Try removing the memory one chip at a time (so if you have 4 chips, remove #1 – startup with 2, 3, 4. Problem persists? Place #1 back in, remove 2, startup with 1, 3, 4. Rinse, repeat).

    Actually, thinking a bit more about it… I would troubleshoot in this order: “new user” first, then the memory, and finally the reinstall.

    But before you invest in new kit that you can’t afford right now, I’ll bet you have a software problem, NOT a hardware problem.

    My $.02!

    Good luck!

  • 2 Andy Coon // Jul 7, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Thanks, that is on my to-do list all day tomorrow. I hope your $.02 save me $2500.

    I appreciate the help.

  • 3 Ajit // Jul 7, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Andy,

    I had the same stuff happen to me before my big crash of 2007. My old G5 passed the hardware tests while the S.M.A.R.T system said my drives had no problems. A week later, the drives completely died.

    First, I would backup, SuperDuper creates excellent bootup backups. Get new hard drive, use migration tool to move your stuff from one drive to the other. Detach first drive, boot up on second drive to see if it works.

    Of course, if it is a software problem you will migrate those as well. However, you would know then whether it is a software or hardware thing.


  • 4 Final Cut Producer | Found The Culprit // Jul 9, 2008 at 1:05 am

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