Well that freaking suxxored....

iGary

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So Sunday night before I go to bed, I put the old G5 to sleep, only to hear it roaring like a jet turbine a few minutes later, locked up tight as a drum, so I have to hard reset it.

Monday morning I go to turn it back on and get HALF a startup chime. Hmm, the can't freaking be good, I thought to myself. Then the G5 just refuses to go any further.

So, I unplug it, let it set for ten minutes and restart it, and all goes well. Repair permissions, run daily, weekly, monthly and prebinding scripts in Terminal, and then restart to reset the PRAM.

Again - half chime, and then nothing.

Hard reset. Will not reboot.

Unplug...let sit ten minutes...

Restart in single user, run FSCK - makes a couple of repairs..reboot...run again - "Volume appears to be OK."

Reboot - half chime and lockup.

Fast forward this morning. Apple Store 10:00 a.m.. Empty pockets of $104.96 for DiskWarrior. Go home, boot to CD, DiskWarrior fixes a bunch of crap.

Restart - all OK.

Try to sleep machine - lockup.

Full reformat, 12 hours later and I have everything back. Rebuild iTune, rebuild Mail, rebuild Aperture..THANK GOD

iGary's lesson question of the day: Have you made a backup lately?

I'm sure glad I did. ;)
 

Glenn Wolsey

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Talk about bad luck iGary. Glad your machine is back up and running, and you had those backups!

Aperture's File Vault does come in handy, doesn't it ;)
 

SamIchi

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clayj said:
Myself, I burn all of my data files to DVD on a regular basis.
That's a lot of work...

Danksi said:
I use SilverKeeper to backup to an external drive. Silverkeeper also comes in useful for synchronizing files between my iBook & iMac.

I'm considering a .mac account again for automatically backing up 'important' stuff, offsite etc.
I should be gettin a external soon.

I think I should probably back up my stuff, it's been a year and a half, and my hard drive is full. I never backed it up before.
 

jsw

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SamIchi said:
How do you backup?
Pull the shift lever back a notch from Park.

Or push in the clutch, move the shifter to "R", slowly let out the clutch while pressing gently on the accelerator.
 

barneygumble

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jsw said:
Pull the shift lever back a notch from Park.

Or push in the clutch, move the shifter to "R", slowly let out the clutch while pressing gently on the accelerator.
Congratulations you know more about driving than any female that has ever lived:p
 

hob

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Silverkeeper looks good.

I have a looming data crisis, which I solved previously by chucking money at.

I used to have two 150GB drives, one internal one external. Then I bought an additional 300GB external, RAIDed the other two together and managed to fit my music and movies back into my home folder for the first time in forever.

So now I have about 3GB left of the 300GB RAIDed set, and another 100GB on the external, which is tied up with torrent downloads (there are billions of episodes of The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, 24, Battlestar Galactica etc. etc. just sitting there), and the rest of the drive is taken up with backup of all the other movies and music files on the primary drive.

There has to be something more efficient than this!

Anyway, I use Apple's Backup to backup my stuff, but I've never had to actually test it - I hope it works ok! I might give SilverKeeper a run sometime...
 

devilot

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barneygumble said:
Congratulations you know more about driving than any female that has ever lived:p
What?! I'm lost. I could have sworn that jsw is a man... And I'm a female and drive a manual...
 

iGary

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Great - it's doing it again.

I went to zap the PRAM (uninstalled and installed a new video card) and it gave me a half chime and wouldnt' boot.

Then I tried starting in safe mode for an update, and it gave me a millisecond of chime, and then nothing.

Unplug it for ten minutes and it starts fine.

Looks like I am headed to the Apple Store tomorrow. :rolleyes:

Piece of ****.
 

iGary

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Thing is, I can't wait a week for this thing to be fixed - I can work off of my latpop...but it's an iBook (no offense to present company).

We'll see what happens tomorrow at the Apple Store.

*sigh*


<------Pissed.
 

Moof1904

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As a point of reference, fwiw, the power supply in my G5, originally purchased December 2004, died in July 2005.
 

EGT

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Ahhh that's crap. I've never heard of the chime only sounding half way? :confused:

It must be a logic board problem.