help please (continuous restart)

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  1. bloogersnigen macrumors regular

    bloogersnigen

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    #1
    My computer (g5 tower with leopard) started freezing and acting up so I decided to restart. Now, it continuously restarts. It will get to the white apple symbol, pause for maybe 20 seconds, and then restart. over and over. If I boot into safe mode, the fans turn on and it sounds like a small plane taking off, but doesn't boot up. Can anyone help.

    Thanks,
    Ben
     
  2. bolobar macrumors newbie

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    Don't know if the problem is the same but what you described happened to me. I finally disconnected my external hard drive and the computer booted w/o a problem. Reconnected HD and rebooted again successfully.
    HTH
    bolobar
     
  3. bloogersnigen thread starter macrumors regular

    bloogersnigen

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    That didn't work. When I went to reinstall leopard, the startup disc wouldn't show. I disc utilitied it and found it won't mount and "failed check". I have a time machine backup, but it doesn't backup my movies (takes too much space). I would rather not erase the whole disk and lose my movies. Any suggestions?
    Ben
     
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    If you can boot from your install disk or your Leopard disk, by holding down C on startup, and yet the hard disk fails a check, it's time to back everything up and try an Archive and Install of the OS on the hard disk.

    If that doesn't take, then your drive may be hosed.
     
  5. bloogersnigen thread starter macrumors regular

    bloogersnigen

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    How can I back up everything if my drive doesn't even mount.
     

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