Mac Pro. Loud fan noise. No power to screen

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  1. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Please describe your scenario better.

    You installed a different hard drive?
    Is the stock hard drive still in place? It was running previously with the stock hard drive?
     
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  3. cal6n macrumors 68000

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  4. kirkbross macrumors 6502a

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    Sparks = bad = you probably fried something = you'll probably have to take it to a service center or ship it to Apple.

    Even if you hot plugged a hard drive (plugged it in while the computer was on) I would not expect sparks.

    Did you mess with anything else?

    Was the computer ever running fine before the new drive spark incident? (Unless it was a laptop drive, it would be hard to consider it a "wrong" kind of drive).

    The fan is running on high because it thinks something is too hot.
     
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  6. newtech macrumors 6502

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    Please tell us you didn't try to put in an IDE/ATA drive on a Mac Pro ( SATA only ).
     
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  9. Nick T. macrumors regular

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    sorry to hear the bad news.

    best shot is to take it to an Apple store and let them take a look .... but be prepared for the worst.

    Good luck!
     
  10. cal6n macrumors 68000

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    Ouch!

    If it chimes, try running the Apple Hardware Test from your install disk.

    If it won't even chime, try unplugging everything (especially the mains lead) for at least 15 seconds. Replug and try again.

    Still no joy? Off to the Apple store with you!

    (BTW, my ISP is due to shut me down for a couple of hours for maintenance, so don't worry if I stop responding. It's 1am here and time for bed!)

    *edit* You stated that a chip "exploded". Where was this chip? Please say it was on the dodgy drive...
     
  11. kirkbross macrumors 6502a

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    It would have been impossible to conncect an IDE drive since I don't think the new mac pro even has an IDE bus.

    Sparks then dead screen is definitely not good. But for grins, describe the sequence of events.

    1. Did you ever have it running or did you put the second drive in before you ever booted it up for the very first time?

    From your description, the computer was working fine and then you decided to put a second drive in. So, you powered off the computer, put the new drive into slot 2 and powered it back on. Correct? Then you immediately got sparks?

    What sounds (if any) does it make if you turn it on now?
     
  12. Counter macrumors 6502

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    1) The fans are running at full tilt because your computer is running in safety mode. It runs in this mode because it doesn't know what the hell is going on for whatever reason. (this can be because of faulty graphics cards, hds...as in your case, etc)

    2) Contact Apple
     
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    From what I can gather, he tried to insert a ATA drive, which he mounted on, slid it into position. The SATA ports got stuck between the pins, which caused the spark and meltdown.

    The SATA data and power connector are smaller than a IDE connector, and can fit between the pins.

    I'm guessing the pins shorted out aganist the data and power connectors.

    I hope Apple will be able to fix your Mac Pro.
     
  15. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    An SMC reset might be worth a try, if you have not
    already done so:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=304123

    Good luck.
     
  16. deathshrub macrumors 6502

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    This is a troll. Move on, folks, nothing to see here.
     
  17. Play4keeps macrumors regular

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    :eek::eek:The second one sparked, a chip exploded and then my computer went dead.:eek::eek:
     

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