So I bought my PowerMac G5 a long long time ago... to me at least. Got it back in 2005, my senior year of high school and it has been my stalwart companion ever since. Graduating from college this year, and I decided it was time to upgrade to a new intel, and they came out with the new G5's, and I found out about the ADC student discount! All came together quite nicely, then my PowerMac died! What Happened I downloaded a huge .dmg file from my university, (Adobe suite) and double clicked to open it, and the computer basically slows to a crawl, I wait a few minutes and then I get a kernel panic! So I restart, I get the Apple to show up, spinning disk, and then another kernel panic! What I have tried So at this point I have exhausted my knowledge of what to try: 1. Starting up in safe mode (Get the apple but no spinning disk) 2. Starting up from installation disk to do a hardware check (kernel panic, after spinning disc) 3. Starting in firewire disk mode (This is weird, it starts up and I can read anything in the disk drive (such as instillation disk) but cannot see the hard drive) What should I do Well the computer it way outside the warranty at this point, and like I said I am ordering a new G5 in the next couple of days. Basically all of the data was backed up except for a few files. Anyone have any ideas of what might have gone wrong, (I know it could have been many things! But anything stick out?) something I could do to fix it (that doesn't involve replacing expensive parts) and could I put the hard drive from my PowerMac into my new G5 to see if its working at all, and if so could I grab files from it? Sorry if this was long and rambling, and thanks for reading all the way to the end!