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Mac Pro froze & died

May 11, 2010 at 08:46:53
Specs: Windows XP
I was capturing video with iMovie on my Mac Pro and it completely froze, and I couldn't force-quit. I hard-booted it and now it won't power up. I press the power button & I just keep hearing the startup chime over & over and nothing appears on the monitor. It just keeps trying to restart itself forever, until I finally have to hold the power button to kill it.

A similar problem happened in the past where it would start up fine but no display, so I had the video card replaced. Is there something I can try here? Thanks!

Mac Pro 2x2.8GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon
ATI Radeon HD 2600 256MB
1.5TB Hard Drive

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May 11, 2010 at 11:34:03
Apple QC is terrible now-a-days, and has been for most of the past decade. In fact, ever since Steve Jobs came back to Apple their QC has been very poor. Anyone remember the Apple III?

Anyways, take the PC to an Apple store, and Apple should replace whatever broke inside it, that is if it's still under 1 year old, or if you purchased Applecare with the unit. With Apple's QC, you want Applecare.

Honestly, after your warranty dies, don't buy another Apple PC clone. Just build a decent PC, load Mac OS-X on it and be done with it, you will be much happier.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI

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May 11, 2010 at 15:27:56
You may be experiencing an OS failure and not a hardware failure.

But the graphic card is a suspect too. I had a similar problem and as you I replaced the card.

Use the pocket manual "Everything Mac" that came with your Mac Pro and check the Chapter 4, Hardware Test and reinstalling the software...

To be sure insert the Apple DVD with the original OSX that came from your computer and hold "C" to force the start up from the DVD. If the machine starts up then you will be sure it is just a software problem and you may need to BU your files and reinstall a fresh OS. If successful you will be guided to a reinstall process but you can also quit the process and select the "Disk Utility" app to check the state of your HD and OSX.

If you have another hard drive or an external one you can use them to install OSX try that first.

If you have a partition inside your HD hold OPTION + COMMAND all the time until you get the icons for every OS available. Select the alternate one you were not using and that may be fine.

Also it may be useful to simply hold OPT + COMMAND + "P" + "R" all keys at the same time to clean the parameter ram. Hold the 4 keys until you hear the start up sound 3 times and then let go.

This is some of the first aid for Macs.

And by the way don't pay attention to comments that wont help you at all. I have a Mac and PC too.

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