While working on Safari, my Mac froze. I tried letting it sit for a few hours and then did a reboot. At the reboot, the Mac comes up on the screen but the little "clock/circle" just keeps going round (you can hear the hard drive).
I reboot with the systems disc (I have OS X v10.4) and was able to get to boot all the way up from their and then able to do the disc checks. Nothing came up with those. However when I tried to move on, I got the same result (picture of the Mac and the little circle going round and round)
I have also unplugged all peripherals and tried rebooting with the same result.
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Re: Harddrive does not boot up to desktop
It is the hard drive. The EXACT same thing happened to me. You will need to replace the hard drive. You can backup all the info onto another computer using a firewire cable as I did. Boot your computer and hit "apple" "T" while booting, a firewire logo should appear and bounce around the screen. Makes your computer a giant external hard drive.
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Power off Mac and restart holding down the V key to boot into verbose mode. This will show you what is happening during the boot. Post a new question showing the specific error or point that the boot is hanging on.
This means the mac can not find the system to start up, you can try holding down the alt key as you start the mac, this may bring up a choice of systems to boot from if not then try holding down the shift key at startup, as this will boot without extensions loading. If none of this works then you need the startup dvd that came with the mac, if you dont have it the you need a retail copy of the mac os that will boot your mac , if its g4 then osx 10.3 or 10 .4 will work.
Please boot the system with a Mac OS X installation Media .Insert the installation media and power on the system and immediately press ' C ' key to boot it from Mac OS X installation disk.After few seconds the language selection option will appear .Click continue and then in the next screen see on top you will find "UTILITY" then click "DISK UTILITY" .Select the boot drive partition and try to repair the file permissions mentioned left hand side .If the permission repaired successfully then restart the system and check if it boots.If still you face the same issue then reboot the system with installation media again and repartition the harddrive .Install the os Freshly.The issue will get solved
One Thing that is known with Dell Laptops, is if your Battery has been dead for awhile even though you continue to use your power adaptor. it will go into a lockdown/shutdown mode. You can try by removing your Memory RAM (be carefull of static charge ,touch and keep hands on metal of laptop case)then remove battery,and unplug power cord let sit with no power at ALL for several hours.Usually I will let sit 24-48 hours if time permits. Works every time when battery has been used to its full life.If it doesn't, Then it can be a more serious issue.another possible solution is to find screws on bottom to Harddrive,CDdrive,and Floppydrive (if available) remove and reseat to see if connection issue.otherwise contact Dell or Your Technician.
Try shutting the G4 completely down, waiting about 15 seconds, and then booting the Mac with the shift key down. That should clean up a lot, as it gives a safe boot. Then go to disc utilities and repair permissions. That might clean the whole thing up for you. If sounds like it's a Finder problem. If that doesn't work, boot from Disc Warrior or Tech Tools and run a few tests. Good luck!