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Help getting old Mac Pro to boot
Posted by: Mr645
Date: August 30, 2017 03:12PM
I have a Mac Pro, 1.1 2.66x4 tower that does not want to boot up.

OS X 10.6.8 on 1 of 4 internal drives. The machine chimes and the Apple logo comes up but the progress graphics just keeps going. I tried Target Disk mode, screen just stays black if I hold down T or Option to use an external drive.

Any other ideas please?
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Re: Help getting old Mac Pro to boot
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 30, 2017 04:35PM
Try booting from a DVD?



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Re: Help getting old Mac Pro to boot
Posted by: Racer X
Date: August 30, 2017 06:09PM
Or a SMC Reset? Command Option P R.

Or unplug, and hit the power button. Then let it sit for a while, to contemplate its bad behavior.
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Re: Help getting old Mac Pro to boot
Posted by: GeneL
Date: August 30, 2017 06:48PM
I have one still sitting in our hallway. It does boot. I can hear it starting up, but the monitor doesn't respond.
It was suggested that the video card might be bad or perhaps it just needs a new battery?
I did all the keyboard combinations with no success.
What a pain! Good luck with your issue.



gl @ Dana Point, CA
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Re: Help getting old Mac Pro to boot
Posted by: Forrest
Date: August 30, 2017 06:56PM
Unplug the power and reseat the video card.
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Re: Help getting old Mac Pro to boot
Posted by: AllGold
Date: August 30, 2017 07:14PM
Try a safe boot (Shift key held down during boot).

You and Gene might have the same problem. I had the same problem with a Mac Pro 1,1 and it was caused by a bad video card. It would safe boot because the video acceleration doesn't load. I replaced the video card and was back in business.



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Re: Help getting old Mac Pro to boot
Posted by: GeneL
Date: August 30, 2017 07:16PM
Here's a link from Apple's website for all the keyboard combinations : [support.apple.com]



gl @ Dana Point, CA
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Re: Help getting old Mac Pro to boot
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: August 30, 2017 07:49PM
How are you fixed for backup drives?



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Re: Help getting old Mac Pro to boot
Posted by: Mr645
Date: August 31, 2017 07:13AM
Thanks for tips guys. I have back ups, actually matching 5TB drives in this machine. Just with all the iMacs, Minis and trash can Mac Pro's I need to get a dock to access the drives.
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Re: Help getting old Mac Pro to boot
Posted by: GeneL
Date: August 31, 2017 08:41AM
I may have a dock for you.
Years ago, I bought two different USB docks with the thought that I would use them to access the saved files on several drives that I had taken out of my previous computer.
I've never used them. They have been sitting on a shelf waiting to be utilized. I don't know if either of them would be suitable, but when I get up later I will check and let you know what the packaging says about compatibility.
I got to sleep around 3AM and it's now a little after 6AM. Once again, I woke up because I was so uncomfortable. My full face BIPAP mask was hurting me, my neck and head were also very painful and on top of that, I have been seriously constipated, so cramps in my GI system forced me to get up. I will try to get back to sleep. It's too early to turn on the lights in my bedroom to do a search. I don't want to wake Precious, our Goffins cockatoo, who is sleeping covered up in my bedroom.
Once the sun comes up and I feel she's had enough sleep, I will look for the docks and let you know if they will be suitable. My guess is that they will be, because I bought them to use with my MacPro. Of course, they will be a bit slow being USB2, but speed isn't so critical, if one of them would work for you.
I will get back to you later this morning. If one of the docks would work for you, you can have it for just the cost of shipping.
Unless you have found another solution by the time I check, I will let you know what I find.
I would be very happy if I could offer you something that might be a step in getting your computer up and running.
You should hear from me by 10:30 PT.

GeneL



gl @ Dana Point, CA



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/31/2017 08:50AM by GeneL.
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Re: Help getting old Mac Pro to boot
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 31, 2017 10:24AM
......add 'ilicious'.....to the end of boot.......??



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Re: Help getting old Mac Pro to boot
Posted by: Mr645
Date: August 31, 2017 10:44AM
Ok, reset Pram. Cmd/opt/PR and waited for three chimes, then the Apple logo comes up and the progress circle starts like before and the machine never gets past that.

Tried holding down the shift Key and the screen stays black, no chime.
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Re: Help getting old Mac Pro to boot
Posted by: GeneL
Date: August 31, 2017 03:57PM
As promised, I found the dock!

It's a Kingwin EZ Dock ModelEZD-2525U. The specs say that it supports 2.5/3.5 SATA Hard Discs, Plug and Play. 480 Mbps Data Transfer Rate in USB.

It is brand new and unopened. I never got around to using it.

If you are interested, send me a PM.

BTW, Precious is glad that I let her sleep longer this morning.



gl @ Dana Point, CA
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Re: Help getting old Mac Pro to boot
Posted by: Mr645
Date: August 31, 2017 05:49PM
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GeneL
As promised, I found the dock!

It's a Kingwin EZ Dock ModelEZD-2525U. The specs say that it supports 2.5/3.5 SATA Hard Discs, Plug and Play. 480 Mbps Data Transfer Rate in USB.

It is brand new and unopened. I never got around to using it.

If you are interested, send me a PM.

BTW, Precious is glad that I let her sleep longer this morning.

Thanks, but sounds just like the one I have, works up to 2TB. I ordered a new one, handles 10TB drives for $20, Amazone prime 1 day delivery
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