boot failure after upgrade to OS X 10.5.6

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  1. dizzybee23 macrumors newbie

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    Hi -

    My 17" G4 powerbook was running on 10.3.9. Yesterday I increased the ram to 2 BG then installed 10.5.6 and it seemed to work fine. Suddenly the computer froze. I could not get to "force quit" and ended up forcing a shut down. Now the computer won't reboot (I've tried safe mode and still just get the grey page with spinning circle). I tried to reinstall Leopard but the installer can't find a hard drive.

    Can anyone offer any suggestions? I'd appreciate any help. Thanks,
    -Karen
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    If the drive is nearing the end of its life, the stress of continuously writing all the data to install an OS can basically end the drives life.

    Basically, if you were having random freezes every now and then this could have been a sign of a dying drive, and if you decide to reinstall/upgrade the OS to fix the problem ...
     
  3. dizzybee23 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    dying drives

    So does an old drive mean that the computer is dead? I just put money into the RAM upgrade, and I'd hate that to go to waste.
     
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