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My friend is using a PowerPC which he has maintained well over the years. Today, it fails to finish booting and freezes on boot attempts. He tells me the following:

"It was operating just fine then it froze up. This almost never happens. I had to force quit. Now it will not restart. I get the bong then the Apple and the rotating clock. The clock finally stops and the computer cooling fan comes on"

And ideas on where to start to fix this?

He said his harddrive is not full (to his knowledge) and he has dusted it out inside periodically.

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It would be helpful to know which version of OSX (or perhaps OS8 or OS9) it is. Should also try a Linux LiveCD that supports PPC. – justbrowsing Sep 11 '13 at 4:21
Yeah I'm going to get him a PPC Ubuntu CD and see if it boots...that'll at least tell us if it's a harddrive issue. He's on OS X Leopard, 10.5.8. – Chad Johnson Sep 11 '13 at 5:40
Have him try a verbose boot (hold Command and V at startup until text appears on screen) and see if that gives any indication what's going wrong (or if it even boots far enough to display any text). – Gordon Davisson Sep 11 '13 at 13:47

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