G- 5 doing funny things, please help.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by speciesguy, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. speciesguy macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    Hi everyone, :)

    Can you please help with getting my g-5 workiing again. For some
    reason, I cannot open pictures on the desk top. The brightness,
    dim isn't working either.
    I'm a 4 on tech. skills These are
    the only things I've notices. How do I fix this. How did I do

    I hope you can co pilot me in to fixing this glitch. Thanks.

    Thanks, Speciesguy
  2. VanneDC macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2010
    Dubai, UAE
    Take off, Nuke the place from orbit. Only way to be sure!

    lol, have you tried fixing permissions?

  3. WilWheaton macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2008
    if repairing the permissions doesn't work the first time do it a few more times, sometimes it takes up to 10 times to fully repair the permissions.

    You can also boot to your os x disk and repair permissions from there, sometimes you have to alternate between the os and the boot disk to get the full effect though
  4. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2011
    Somewhere in Cyberspace
    Hi, I noticed your name is Will Wheaton.. are you the guy who played in Stand by me, and Star Trek the Next Generation? Just wondering..
  5. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2008
    Your girlfriends place
    William Horton
  6. hansolo669 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2009
    if the permisons repair dont work then the next step would be to reinstall the OS plus if yours has a lcs do a quick check for any liquid.

    steps for permission repair:
    1. open disk utility (applications > utilitys > disk utility)
    2. click on your main harddrive
    3. click repair disk permissions
    4. repeat step 3 about 10 times (or untill it stops fixing things)
    5. WIN (or in the case of fail then move to solution #2 ... reinstall)
  7. speciesguy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    Double click feature on g-5 not working,help please

    I'm a five on the tech meter. Could someone co-pilot for this fix.
    Simple, simple would be good. I love my power mac g5.
    10.5.8 op. sys. It's more of a nuisance.

    (I cannot double click on pictures or Pdf's to open. I can open
    them in other programs like Adobe and and quicktime player.)

    I've tried:

    zap the pram, safe boot, repair permissions. Are you impressed?
    Did not fix yet. :)

    I thank you in advance, Speciesguy
  8. zen.state, Mar 21, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2011

    zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    Repairing permissions does absolutely nothing 99.9% of the time. Sometimes it can even mess things up a bit if some app you have changed a permission and then you change it back to the state before you ran that app. Telling someone to do it as many as 10 times? The best thing you can do for your Mac is leave it the hell alone when it comes to so called software maintenance.

    Do you guys just offer blind help? You don't seem to have any idea about how Mac OS actually functions. Maybe get the "Macs for Dummies" book and read up on how things actually work before you go trying to help/harm people with your misinformation.

    To the OP:
    If you can't open images in preview but they open in PS then preview is the obvious culprit. Try replacing it with a copy I can email you if you want and also delete it's preference file. If that fails then reinstall the OS if using Preview is that important to you.

    Also, it's called a G5 and not a "G- 5".
  9. MacHamster68, Mar 21, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2011

    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    i guess the even easier way would be to backup everything you might need or want and just do a fresh install
    and for the future dont use any app remover tools unless you are 100% certain the files they did select can be removed safely
    same for cleaning apps in use , dont mess up your system with those , as its far to easy to mess things up with those apps if you just trust the app instead of knowing 100% yourself what you can remove
  10. 666sheep macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
    OP, if you want simple solution, try RMB on item (pic or PDF) ->Open with->Other, then navigate to specific software you want. Check "always open with" checkbox. Did it help?
  11. hansolo669 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2009
    99.9% of the time .... really? so i guess that means it wasnt me repairing my permissions that fixed quite a lot of my problems... thanks for the enlightenment! (/end sarcasim)
    though you are right... i would say 50% not 99.9%.
    i (i cant vouch for others) undersand quite well how osx works. now i have met you before (remeber me) and last time you did the same thing.... just because you are mr. zen (or w/e) really doesnt mean you can come and bash everyone beacause you feel you must. we/i were trying to help, i wanted to make sure the op knew how to permission repair, as that does remove at least one factor from the equation.
    yes perhaps it was foolish to suggjest a permisson repair, but seeing as the op did not respond with "did that" or state it in his post one must assume that it was not attempted!
    anyway thats enough getting worked up on the internet for now. this is a public forum and really we all want to help so lets just get along .... pleas?
  12. hansolo669 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2009
    op, can you open files from elsewhere in the finder?
    do applications launch normally?
    does spot light work?
    have you installed or uninstalled any programs recently (useing a pkg not a drag and drop dmg)
    have you been messing with terminal or core system files?
    did you try to do a hack or other system mod that was not ment for your system?
    what happens when you boot in safe mode?
    need more info
  13. speciesguy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    issue solved with g-5 tower, thanks

    I sure appreciate the help with g-5 .
    Had to get a great mac friend to toss
    some programs, save everything and
    archve and install new system. It hums
    Thanks, Scott

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