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Apple G5 Locked up

I was working today on my computer and had several windows open when I pulled up Mac Windows and then couldn't get out of it. I closed all the other windows but that one continued to show the multicolored wheel, so I did a Force Quit. The computer still wouldn't come up. All that I can get is a white screen with the apple logo and a grayscale spinning wheel. It makes the sounds like it's shutting down and does and then reboots by itself. It's like it's in a loop. I've tried to turn all power off to it and everything, but it won't get out of this loop it's in. It remains on this screen for about 3 minutes and then shuts down and restarts. Any suggestions?

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Sounds like you have a permissions issue, first boot in single-user mode and repair permissions.
Resolve startup issues and perform disk maintenance with Disk Utility and fsck

Mac OS X: How to start up in single-user or verbose mode

If that doesn't help, try booting into Safe Mode and see what happens, if it comes up hopefully another restart may solve, if not, you can at least use this as a starting point to try and resolve. Safe Mode will allow you to get around, surf, etc...
What is Safe Boot, Safe Mode?

Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode

If Safe Mode comes up alright, I would install AppleJack, excellent troubleshooting article can be found here... Troubleshooting Tools: AppleJack

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