Mac Pro 8 Core Xeon Crashes on boot up

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by orkinmanp, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. orkinmanp macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
    First here are my specs

    * Processor Two 2.26GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Nehlam
    * Memory 12GB (6X2GB)
    * Graphics Card ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
    * Hard Drive Bay1 1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    * Plus 3 extra 1TB hard drives 2 striped 1 dedicated to windows

    I've had my computer for about 2-3 years and in the last year it has slowly gotten slower and slower. I wasn't around for most of the summer but my girlfriend complained about browser freezing and finder crashing.

    When I came home, I found my computer would only work with a specific external hard drive attached. When I detached the hard drive the whole machine would turn off and a loud clicking noise could be heard. Once the drive was reattached the computer would boot up fine.

    I tried reloading the OS, but that didn't work. Neither did zapping my pram. I eventually turned off the machine and now it won't boot up at all. I turn it on and I get the grey screen with the apple. The loading circle appears and after a few rotations my kernel crashes every time. I have no clue whats going on.

    I have a sneaking suspicion girlfriend left my computer on all summer in the heat and fried the Ram. I want to get more Ram and hope that's the problem but I'm at a loss and I'm trying to prevent a huge repair bill.

  2. hammten macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2008
    Your girlfriend broke it! Time to get a new girlfriend :)

    J/k, it sounds like your hard drive died, buy a new one and replace the internal drive with the new one, reinstall the operating system, and all will be well again.
  3. Infrared macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    Symptoms strongly suggest a failing hard drive. It may be possible
    to confirm or add weight to this hypothesis by checking the SMART
    status (from the system profiler). Boot from an external drive and
    try that.

    Hard drive "click of death":

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