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Can't reinstall onto mac desktop because rom is failling to open and passwod protected

My friend who graduated from school gave me his mac desktop which i did not know it was password protected.i purchased a mac cd to run my new setup but the CD Rom is failing to open.what should I do?

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    Cee Jai Bernard May 11, 2010

    is your drive physically not opening up or is it not opening the files... and if you got this from a friend, wouldn't he know the password?


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If your computer is beige, has a SCSI interface and does not have USB ports don't waste your time. It will never do what you want it to. Don't throw your money at something that is basically obsolete. Invest that money in something newer. G4's and Emac's can be purchased cheap ($20 or $30) on eBay.

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If you can not acquire the password from your friend, and if your CD drive will not physically open:
First, try using a straightened paperclip - insert it gently into the hole next to the drive, and push it in firmly and then out. The CD drive should open.

If it does not, the easiest solution is to buy an external CD/DVD drive and install the Mac software with that.

What kind of Mac desktop is it, and what Mac CD did you purchase? If you bought a Leopard DVD, and the Mac desktop is old enough, it will not work.

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