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« Reply #45 on: 23 July, 2009, 05:06:06 pm »

What's the problem, any more exactly than "It keeps demanding reboots"? Does it always do it on the running of a certain program, or after a certain amount of time?
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« Reply #46 on: 23 July, 2009, 05:15:09 pm »

Anytime I turn it on, it loads for around a minute before the message shows up. It never gets any further than the Apple logo (Start up screen). If left on for a minute (Or so) longer, it shuts itself off.

My mother (The one who was given the Mac) was told that the problem could most likely be the hard drive of the computer.
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« Reply #47 on: 23 July, 2009, 05:20:52 pm »

Thank you. This removes problem one, which would be Is it Windows.

Do you know how/are you willing to take the Mac apart?
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« Reply #48 on: 23 July, 2009, 05:21:04 pm »

Sounds like a hardrive failure.
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« Reply #49 on: 23 July, 2009, 05:24:44 pm »

Yeah, I know...
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« Reply #50 on: 23 July, 2009, 05:29:29 pm »

I thought I said before that I use(d) a Mac.

Somewhat willing.
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« Reply #51 on: 23 July, 2009, 05:35:30 pm »

Yes, you did. However that doesn't mean the machine you're having problems on is the mac.

Swap the harddrive out would be my next suggestion. If you're not willing to do that, then there are other methods.
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« Reply #52 on: 23 July, 2009, 05:45:35 pm »

It was the only one I used on a regular basis, but whatever.

Such as?
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« Reply #53 on: 23 July, 2009, 05:58:47 pm »

*switches to Disaster Recovery mode*

Boot it off an Ubuntu boot CD. This shouldn't even try to spin the HDD drive up, as it runs from RAM. If it boots, that's good. If you can access the HDD drive from it, that's better. If you can do that, start copying everything you want to keep off the disk onto a USB or an external drive.

If it's an HDD failure, everything on there is pretty much screwed. Salvage everything you can that is *absolutely necessary*. Don't do what my brother did, and try to copy 30-40 gig of anime off it. It can always be re-torrented. Or re-downloaded.

If it's a system failure, you're going to be reinstalling. So save everything you can anyway.


There is a last method which can be used to get data off a crapped disk, but that'll be a last resort for you.
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« Reply #54 on: 23 July, 2009, 06:27:08 pm »

[Takes notes]

What is this last resort, if by some chance the others don't work?
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« Reply #55 on: 23 July, 2009, 06:31:13 pm »

Take the disc out, and put it in the fridge overnight, then replace and immediately start copying.
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« Reply #56 on: 23 July, 2009, 06:34:03 pm »

Take the disc out, and put it in the fridge overnight, then replace and immediately start copying.
It's like batteries, and lasts longer?
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« Reply #57 on: 23 July, 2009, 06:39:04 pm »

No, occasionally there is a problem with the bearings expanding when heated, and jamming the drive spindle.
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« Reply #58 on: 23 July, 2009, 06:47:40 pm »

Huh, interesting. You're a bit too intelligent on this subject for someone who's.....how old?
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« Reply #59 on: 23 July, 2009, 06:51:22 pm »

18.
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