iMac G5 (3rd gen) took a dive... Advice?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by brickadam, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. brickadam macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2011
    Hello everyone,

    So at my work we have a slew of different mac computers, the oldest one being a 2005 iMac G5 3rd gen. So my problem is very strange, on Monday, it was running like a dream. No signs of anything bad, it wasn't running slow or anything... no worries. So on Tuesday morning I turn it on and now I cannot complete a single task on it. It starts up, all my docs/folders on the desktop show up, my apps toolbar loads, but then when I click on ANYTHING, I just get a spinning beach ball for 5-10 minutes then nothing happens.

    I'm working on locating the original startup disk, which has apparently been misplaced somewhere, because it isn't in my giant box of software. Has anyone ever run into this problem? I'm starting to think that the HD just went bad, but I'm really hopeful that it didn't. Thanks!

  2. brickadam thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2011

    Ok... so as suddenly as it happened, my iMac JUST started running properly again... So, now I'm afraid that it's going to go into a viscous cycle like this. Again, has anyone ever had something like this happen, and any ideas on how to prevent it?

    (Apparently my theory about the HD crashing is false too)

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