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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Your question is incomplete. Your imac froze and wont reboot. What you see on screen when you start it? Do you see a spining wheel or a folder sign with a question mark or a blue screen? If yes then it's either corrupt/damaged osx or bad 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.
Trying booting from the Mac OS X install disc.
insert the disc while holding the "option" key on the keybaord
select the Mac OS X disc.
once it has started select the Utilites from the menu bar
from there you will see a "Reset Password.."
select the hard drive
select the user account
reenter the same password
give yourself a hint to the password
at the bottom reset the "Home Folder Permissions and ACLs"
reboot the same way, holding the "Option" key
select the hard drive
enter the password for the account you just made
once you have booted into the system go to:
Apple menu (top left) > System Preferences > Startup Disk
make sure that you have your hard drive selected
this makes it so after a reboot it will boot from the hard drive and not a disc.
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.
It sounds like your directory is corrupt, you need a 3rd party utility like DiskWarrior by prosoft. You boot from their disk, then run the program and it will write a new directory and you reboot and off you go, When you do updates do not do anything else as in rare cases it corrupts the hard drive, Apple stop you doing that at all in 10.5.
The first thing I'd try would be to delete its .plist settings file.
1. Click on Finder (the smiley Mac guy). 2. Click the "Go" menu at the top of the screen. 3. Click "Home". This will open a window showing your Home folder. 4. Double-click the "Library" folder. 5. Double-click the "Preferences" folder. 6 Look for the file called-> com.apple.safari.plist and drag it to the trash (or click once on it and press Command-delete). 7. Now run Safari and see if it works.
You can also probably (depending on the version of Safari): 1. Reset Safari from the Safari menu at the top of the screen *when you're running Safari*.'
If your operating system is Mac OS X 10.3 or earlier, upgrading to 10.4 will (in addition to lots of improvements) allow you to use a newer version of Safari.
Good luck and please let us know how well this works. Please rate me if this solved your problem. If not, please repost and we'll give further help.
Insert the Mac OS disk in the drive and reboot while holding down the C key. This will launch your computer in Mac OS and then you can access Disk Utility from the startup window. Rebuild/ repair as needed, then I suggest removing any partition that you may have set up and re partition your drive for the windows stuff. Give yourself ample room on the harddrive for your windows software and files. Be sure to print out a copy of the instructions for bootcamp before you launch... also be sure to allow it to automatically set up your mac for windows. Do this: 1.set up a partition according to the directions for bootcamp 2. install windows as per bootcamp instructions 3. after it's launched in windows, insert the Mac OS disk and it will launch all the setup for your mac hardware to run windows... modem, wifi, all that mojive that you usually need to spend hours in PC land ..mac will set it up for you.. Also download a copy of Bonjour from the Apple site. this will set up your printers for use in windows very easily and quickly.. The main thing is follow the directions and let the computer do all the setup...
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!