My Mac Pro is a piece of....

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by suneohair, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    It looks up all the time. I get a beachball and nothing works. It takes 10-15 seconds for everything to become free.

    DVD player won't quit. Sometimes it wont eject my DVDs.

    I am thinking about reinstalling OSX but I don't understand why it's acting like this. It is way too sluggish.

    To clarify, this happens doing normal tasks, all of which are done with a UB.
    Safari or Camino, transmission, adium, etc.

    I have 2.66GHz, 2GB, 160GB + 200GB HD.

    I can't install windows via bootcamp to boot. I get a "Disk error" and can't go any further in the install.
  2. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    Take it to Apple.

    Something is obviously wrong with the machine, there's nothing that could slow your machine down software-wise if you JUST got the machine.
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Back up your data NOW. Disk Error message + constant slow downs means a failing hard drive. Call Apple.
  4. suneohair thread starter macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    THe disk error is only when trying to install Windows.

    It goes through copying the files and then restarts, then gives me the disk error.

    My data is backed up already. I really don't think it is the drive. It could be though.
  5. mac000 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2005
    Going to Apple is such a pain in the a$$. The genius bar is more like a friggin head ache than anything else.

    I would just try callinig ApplaceCare? Maybe they could help? If the first rep's on the line can't diagnose the problem, they will actually transfer you to a "real specialist" that know the who and whats of all your questions. Try the discussion boards?
  6. seanf macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2006
    Are you installing Windows on a different drive to OS X? If so, it sounds like you have not set the options correctly when creating the partition. In Disk Utility when you create your partition for Windows you need to click the options button and set it to MBR or you will get the disk error message.

    Sean :)
  7. ljones macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2006
    Atlanta, GA

    Hell yea. I had to take my mac pro in about the loud ass SuperDrive, those idiots don't know any more than me, if anything near what i know. They figure they work at the store, they're at the Apple Genius bar... they know it all. I've been working on macs since grade school. Internal stuff since high school. Don't assume I'm some non computer user, FIX MY $#!+!!!!!!!! But i guess they can't even do that. I'm sure all of them aren't that way, but i will say we have way too many arrogant Mac fan boys.
  8. bill4588 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2006
    Kennesaw, GA
    yeah the genius bar is full of dummies. i took my macbook in once and the "genius" didn't even know how to open it :rolleyes: He kept looking for the latch button....
  9. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Something's definitely very wrong. Reinstall OS X anyway, AppleCare will probably end up suggesting this though may have other ideas for you first... things like repairing permissions and checking the HDDs wouldn't go a miss.

    If all's still not right then it's hardware. Urgh.

    FWIW mine is an absolute dream :p
  10. Transeau macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2005
    Alta Loma, CA

    only two suggestions from me..

    1) Try using iChat for a while. I keep having issues with Adium where my whole system will start to lock up. removing it made all the problems go away.

    2) Have you checked the SMART status of your drives? It sounds like you could have a bad hard drive.
  11. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    You have a hardware test CD with your OS disks, run the long test and see what results you get.

    Hopefully, you know that you must have a retail Windows XP CD INCLUDING
    SP2 or it will not install.

    Check your system profiler to make sure it's showing 2 GB RAM.
    You might have to re-seat your DIMMS.

    If all of these checks still do not solve your problem, then try re-installing OSX.
    It's also a good time to re-partition your drives and custom install without
    all the extra printer drivers, demos and language translators.
  12. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2005
    The geniuses at the store near me... well if you call it near.. it's like an hour and thirty minutes away but anyway, they're actually pretty good from what I've seen out of them.
  13. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    As an IT professional, I am rather (evilly) fond of hitting the local Apple Store and asking the "geniuses" questions about things that have nothing to do with GUIfied Aqua-life. So far.. Well, let's just say I get a lot of blank stares.
  14. SpankyPenzaanz macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2006
    First of all I will be the first to say that the genius bar is in name only. They are more or less there to handle I-D10T's that just got a new ipod and don't know how to use it. I have always been in favor of just giving appplecare a call and thats where you find the real geniuses. They have always walked me through any problem Ihave had and saved me the trouble of wihter sening in my hardware or taking it somewhere o get it fixed. In the end keep this in mind - THEY ARE STILL RETAIL EMPLOYEES. They maybe a half step above on the evolutionary scale than the morons at a compusa, circuitcity, bestbuy, and a full 2 steps above the dumbf*#!s at frys.
  15. A is jump macrumors regular

    A is jump

    Dec 14, 2005
    San Francisco, Ca
    I have to say, Every Genius experience i have had at the San Francisco apple store has been very good. The Geniuses are not simply retail bozos there to help people with their ipods. they've always been pleasant, and very helpful to me, and I've seen them do good work with other machines as well.

    that being said... it is a flagship store. I wouldnt be surprised if some of the stores they have in Malls had poor support at the Genius bar.
  16. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Wish my PowerBook would look up.

    But really, you need to take it in. Something is causing serious conflict.
  17. clintob macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2006
    New York, NY
    Of course the Genius Bar is a pain... and it takes a while. But take a half-day off, go VERY early (as soon as they open) and it's not terrible.

    There is obviously something awry with your machine, and it's certainly either fixable or replaceable. No reason to keep working with a faulty unit. The few hours you might spend at the Apple store will be well worth it.

    Think of it as cutting into your American Idol time - probably better for your mental health in the long run. ;)
  18. KevKaos macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2006
    Baltimore, Maryland USA
    If that is your photo in the avatar, that would explain the blank stares. They simply can't believe a hottie is talking to them, much less asking a techie type question.

    If that is not your photo in your avatar, scratch everything I just said.
    :D :D :D
  19. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Am I missing something? Why wouldn't you just make an online reservation and show up at the scheduled time vs. showing up in person and having to wait for the next spot?
  20. ljones macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2006
    Atlanta, GA

    Yea, the Lenox Apple store only took appointments.
  21. slughead macrumors 68040


    Apr 28, 2004

    Did you do that NEC Optical drive flash?

    I had the same problems with the flash so I switched back and everything was fine.
  22. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    The geniuses at the regent street store, london are really good at fixing stuff, but the other day (collecting repaired macbook) two of them were telling me off for having acqlite (P2P) and transmission (bit torrent) on my dock, saying they are illegal. I know perfectly well that having them is fine, and they would not even consider my arguements, I think because of my age (Im only 15). In the end one of them told me that I should not try to tell them that file-sharing music is legal (which I wasn't) because the other one was a former officer of the law!
  23. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Looks like you can make an Genius Bar reservation at any of the US stores now.
  24. ironjaw macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2006
    Cold Copenhagen
    Well not a good one as he/she is working at Apple :D
  25. suneohair thread starter macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    Actually I did. One problem. I accidentally deleted the original rom! Crap! Does anyone have it so I can flash back? I would appreciate it. Thanks!

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