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Old 02-15-2008, 06:06 PM   #1
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iMac G5 starts up, but get spinning beach ball

Hello everybody. I have an Imac G5, and I'm running 10.4 on it and starting tonight when I start my machine I get my wallpaper background to load, with the dock, but no folders appear and all I see is the dreaded spinning beachball and it just continues to spin. What should I do? Please help. Thanks.

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Old 02-15-2008, 06:52 PM   #2
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Restart your Mac in Safe mode (Hold the Shift key) and once Finder comes up, take a look at the Console (Applications -> Utilities -> Console) and take a look at the period of time the startup froze. It should give you an idea of what got stuck.
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:58 PM   #3
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My computer won't even start in safe mode. I hold the shift key down, get to the grey screen and that circular scrolling icon comes up then the screen goes to black and the computer shuts off.
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Old 02-15-2008, 07:32 PM   #4
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Ok, after the 10th time of restarting, my computer slowly loaded just the HD icon on the desktop and I managed to gain control of going through menus, however none of my folders have appeared on the desktop. And, when I did as you said and went into the console function it said my local server failed. What could have happened?
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Old 02-15-2008, 07:43 PM   #5
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me too. My machine is set to receive and autoinstall updates. Have we had an upgrade today that I'm not aware of. Machine worked fine all day. When I restarted at 5:30, it went haywire. Techtool on firewire drive finds absolutely nothing wrong. I'm stumped. Have tried to startup with Shift key down, but after 10 minutes, nothing! Any ideas?

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Old 02-15-2008, 07:58 PM   #6
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ok. I shut the machine down again and tried to start with the Shift key again. This time it worked. I'm still not sure what exactly was wrong with it, but I disabled all of my startup programs and everything loaded fine. So, I'll just work with it this way.

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Old 02-15-2008, 10:36 PM   #7
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Do a search on Apple's Support section for the process to reset your specific Mac's PMU (or whatever it's called for your Mac). The problem could be as simple as that.

BTW: I have a client that was having the same issue right after installing the 10.5.2 update. It turned out that a drive he had just installed was causing a bus error. Reinitializing the drive again cured his problem.
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Old 02-16-2008, 12:37 AM   #8
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Thankfully, my computer is slowly coming back to life. It didn't take 20 minutes to "start" this time, but I no longer have any folders on my desktop and if I go to my finder and navigate to my folders, my applications "folder" is blank under the list of folders, but if I click on Applications on the left side bar my programs are there. Strange stuff.

And, I went into my console and got the following error like a dozen times upon start-up:

Feb 16 01:16:37 dennis-bakays-imac-g5 mdimportserver[222]: *** Failed to decode 7-bit data, treating as binary

What could all of this mean?
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Old 02-16-2008, 05:57 PM   #9
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With the Applications folder (that contains your applications) open; Click and hold the folder icon in the title bar until it turns dark. Drag it directly to your hard disk and instruct the dialog to replace the "newer item." This will restore your Applications folder to where it belongs.

Your problem is that the Applications folder was (probably accidentally) moved into a different folder from where it belongs. If the folder is moved or missing, OS X will automatically replace it with an empty folder.
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