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Just bought a used G5 powemac, 2Gig Dual processors, early 2005, running fine until I tried to start from the install disk so I could partition the drive. Never got past gray screen, mac logo, spinning wheel. Killed power (didn't know how else to turn it off ) Started OK, went to system pref/startup disk, chose install disk as startup disk got the same thing. Now I get the same thing every time I try to start it: Startup chime, fans on low speed, goes to gray screen, Mac logo, spinning wheel, I can hear hard drive searching a little, soon fans go to high speed, never get past spinning wheel. It is like it cannot find a start-up disk.

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  • relax936 Mar 27, 2011

    OK, maybe I did not give it enough time to do it's thing from the install disk. But now, even without the install disk in the optical drive, it does the same thing when it used to start right up. I'll try firing it up again and give it as much time as it wants, and see what happens.



    Phil

  • relax936 Mar 29, 2011

    Thanks. I got it fixed. The install disk that I got with the computer was either bad or not the correct one for this computer. I got the box from someone who had several of the same model with different configurations. So the trouble was that the it was trying to find a startup disk that would not work. It was stuck.

    I remembered the start with option key to bring up startup disk selector panel, which showed it trying to start from the install disk. I switched it to the system on the hard drive, and it restarted normally.

    I loaded a universal version of system 4.6, ( the original system was 3.5 ) it started from that disk with no trouble, and I was able to partition the drive, and install system 4.

    Thanks for you r help.

    Phil

  • relax936 Mar 29, 2011

    I appreciate the help, and the solution did not work in my case. I was able to figure it out on my own though.

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When booting from a startup disk, it may take some time to load. When I reinstalled OSX on my Macbook Pro, it stayed at the gray screen with the spinning wheel for almost 10 minutes. As long as that wheel's spinning, something's happening. Give it some time and the OSX install disk should boot up.

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  • Jeremy Mar 27, 2011

    I'd give Disk Utility a try. To run Disk Utility Repair:



    1. Start from your Mac OS X Install disc: Insert the installation disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.
    2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)
    Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.
    3. Click the First Aid tab.
    4. Click the disclosure triangle to the left of the hard drive icon to display the names of your hard disk volumes and partitions.
    5. Select your Mac OS X volume.
    6. Click Repair. Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk.

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