Same thing happened when I launched Safari. Dead PRAM battery? Isolating where the problem is occurring is key to finding the solution. Problems may be related to the power supply, battery, hard drive, logic board, OS corruption or an issue with a user account. David – Submitted on 2010/07/24 at 3:31 am It worked normally the last time I used it, but a couple of months later, it was D.O.A. Rather costly to replace battery 20-30 times a year. —– Do you think that the PRAM battery could be the cause of it not booting? Impeccable timing. Don Archibald, Apr 4, 2012 12:18 PM in response to iHack501, Apr 4, 2012 2:17 PM in response to iHack501, User profile for user: Would upgrading to the latest OS help? Apr 5, 2012 3:07 PM in response to iHack501 I tried safe mode and couldn’t get past this: SATA WARNING: Enable auto-activate failed. Karen Brew – Submitted on 2010/08/16 at 5:59 am —– Upon mounting a new drive (WD 500G 5400 rpm), it couldn’t find that drive either. The flashing question mark or a circle/slash means your Mac can’t find a valid startup disk. I have a more "Up-to-date Mac", but I enjoy restoring older Power Macs. To lift keyboard, pull back on the release tabs between the F-keys. I had that happen in one of my beige G3s. Adam. If you have a very old Mac with a non-spinning hard drive, more drastic measures may be required. "Recently, I was using my powermac (About 1-2 weeks ago) and I went on vacation. Macs are reliable machines but on the rare occasions, they may start acting strangely for no obvious reason. I turned it on later and it worked fine. CleanMyMac can fix common problems that make your Mac run slowly. Was … You should only use a 16-chip, 256 MB DIMM, if you want 256 MBs of installed memory in any slot. Try a Safe Boot to disable non-Apple extensions. Once the installer begins you can run Disk Utility (from the Utilties menu) or perform an Archive & Install. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. This issue happened after I shut off the computer by holding the start button due to safari having a rainbow pinwheel for a few minutes. We have an iMac7,1 with Intel Core 2 Duo and System Version: Mac OS X 10.4.11 (8S2167). Whether you want to reindex Spotlight, repair disk permissions, speed up Mail’s search function or perform other crucial tasks, CleanMyMac makes it easy to boost Mac performance. If the date and time reset each time you unplug the Mac you need a new PRAM battery. Supplies can fail fully or partially – they may give some power to the fans and such but still not work properly. I let the logo and spin gear go for about 3 hours and nothing. Even though the memory is recognized at ½ of its overall density, I wouldn't advise installing unsupported components on the motherboard, if you want trouble-free operation. Rating: 5/5 PRAM battery for Mac Mini 2012 December 8, 2019 Installed new PRAM battery into Mac Mini 2012 while I was installed OWC SSD and RAM. I have so much work to do but I can not trust my machine. Adam Rosen – Submitted on 2010/07/25 at 7:06 pm Norton finds the Desktop Folder is to blame: damaged resource fork, no fix offered. You can also use a clone of your Mac hard drive to boot a cantankerous system. Don’t always trust the ‘Genius” at the local Apple store. Trying to log back in, I couldn’t get past the Apple logo and spin gear. A $24 part if ordered off the internet. It is accompanied by the screen slowly darkening from top to bottom before a multilingual warning appears: A kernel panic can happen at virtually any point in the boot process and may indicate a corrupt OS, an incompatible kernel extension, or a hardware problem. For more details see How (and Why) to Clone Your Mac Hard Drive. If the drive is OK after repairs but the Mac still won’t boot, do an Archive & Install of Mac OS X to replace the operating system. Kacey – Submitted on 2010/08/27 at 11:23 pm Ian – I’ve seen similar problems with that SATA cable to the logic board on Apple laptops, so yes that’s a possibility. 08/28/2017 by A guilla. jill herlands – Submitted on 2010/08/24 at 11:45 am Whether you want to reindex Spotlight, repair disk permissions, speed up Mail’s search function or perform other crucial tasks. Looks like no one’s replied in a while. © 2020 iFixit — Licensed under Creative Commons — Privacy —

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