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Mac G5. Grey screen with spinning wheel. This stays liek this for an hour or so. Then get desktop but just with Hard drive folder. Can open Hard driver folder but its takes about half an hour to open then no access to software. No fans spinning at all.

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Check for a failing hard drive


Trying booting from the Mac OS X install disc.

insert the Mac OS X install disc.

press the start button, while holding down the "C" key on the keyboard


Once you are running from the disc. go to Disk Utilities select the hard drive click the "repair permissions" button at the bottom.


If you get any red errors listed or it doesn't seem to finish repairing the permissions you have a failing hard drive and it will need to be replaced.


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