I recently picked up a vintage Mac Performa 5200CD. It reminds me of my original computer that I owned back in the 90's, and I wanted to enjoy some memories. Anyway, the Mac worked great out of the box, but didn't come with any installation disks. I found an archive of OS 7.5.3 and moved all of the 19 files to a CD. My goal was to do a fresh install of the system and erase a lot of annoying software that the previous owner had left on it. I was able to start the installer and I chose to create a new System Folder and do a fresh install. I left the room while it was installing, and when I returned, there was a black screen with my mouse cursor on it. I let it sit that way for about an hour and nothing changed. I rebooted the machine, and now I get the smiling face with the chimes of death. I'm not sure what to do at this point. The 7.5.3 files that I found aren't bootable, so reinstalling seems difficult. And I'm also not sure if reinstalling will fix this issue. It appears that the chimes of death are usually a sign of a hardware issue, but its also suspicious that they popped up right after trying to install a fresh OS. I did zap the PRAM and that didn't help. I'm hoping that people that are a little more familiar with these older systems can give me some ideas to try. I'm hoping that this is just a software issue that I can resolve rather than a hardware problem. Any suggestions would be appreciated!