iMac G5 programs keep crashing or don't even start up

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dibunjohn, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. dibunjohn macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2007

    I think it might be something to do with a bug in my OS. I was wondering what might be the best software out there that i could download and run a sweep. If anyone has had similar problems with a 3 year old iMac G5 and found a solution for these symptoms:

    At start up, the clock doesn't show up

    Programs don't open when I click on them

    if they do open, they immediately crash and sometimes the computer just freezes up

    or when it freezes MS-DOS like text appears over the desktop with a bunch of codes and then says it's awaiting for a debugger.

    I'm basically left staring at my screen, not knowing what the hell is going on in the background. Any tips or ideas would be much appreciated.

  2. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    Try Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility, select your hard drive, and click "Repair Permissions."

    Your hard drive itself could also physically be failing. Does it make any noises or is it louder than it was when you bought it?

    I highly doubt you need to "sweep" anything.
  3. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    Sounds like you have some serious problems with your OS. If repairing your permissions doesn't work, you might try reinstalling OS X. Things like the clock not showing up, and programs that won't launch means something pretty major is wrong.

    Hopefully it is just software related, and not a hard drive issue.
  4. dibunjohn thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2007
    kernel panic

    oh man, thanks for your post, i just found out i seem to also be having a kernel panic, does that ring any bells?
  5. dibunjohn thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2007
    thanks thanks! i'll give that a shot. I've also found out i may be having a kernel panic. Does that help narrow things down?
  6. dibunjohn thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2007
    actually, yeah, i do remember my computer sounding a little louder, specifically the the fan, or fan-like sound when the kernel panic shows up.
  7. Amdahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    The fans might rev up AFTER the panic. If you have the original discs, you might insert the Apple Hardware Test disc and then boot while holding down D. Run the full tests and see if your hardware passes.
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Nothing really narrows down the solution --- it is still "There's something b0rked in your OS"

    Disconnect all peripherals other than the Keyboard and mouse.

    Boot from the OS CD/DVD (insert the DVD, restart, hold the "C" key down on the keyboard until it boots into the Installer welcome screen) and instead of proceeding to install, go into the Disk Utilities (from the Utilities menu at the top) and do a Repair Disk. See if it reports any errors.

    Restart the machine from the hard drive, and before doing anything else, go into Disk Utility on the hard drive (Applications: Utilities) and run a Repair Permissions. It is normal for a couple of repairs to be made. Make note if it has a long list of repairs.

    If your machine is still flakey, I would cut my losses, time-wise, and just reboot from the OS DVD, and do an Archive and Install. ARCHIVE and install, not Erase and Install. The Archive process will preserve your data and your User settings.

    It is generally not worth the time to try and isolate an individual OS component that is giving trouble.

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