Question about Apple iMac G4 Desktop
The flashing folder means that the Mac cannot find its start=up folder.
This is caused by one of two things:-1. The hared-disk is going or has gone bad and will need to be replaced. or 2. There is directory damage.
Directory damage can be fixed in several ways.
First of all try starting you computer with the system CD in the slot.
After a few moments with the flasshing ! it will boot from the CD and ask what language you want to use as the computer is thinmking that you are going to reinstall the software.
Go to the next page and then from the menu bar select utilities.One of the utilities is disk utility, szelect that.
After a little while you will get presented with a new window with your HD listed down the left hand side. It will have two entries - one will be Western Digital. Seegate or Fujitsu or so mething sim ilare and the second will be Macintosh HD (or whatever you have renamed it)
If you see nothing - thern the HD is dead. (you have got everything backed up haven't you?). Click on the name of the drive and then c;lick the tab in the centre that says 'First Aid'.
Now at the bottom of the window you will see four buttons, 2 on each side. Go to the one that says 'Repair HD' and then leave the machine for 10 minutes or so.
If the drive has simple directory damage DU will fix it. If ity is complicated damage it will fail with a message.
Try it again as sometimes it has to make more than one attempt. If however, after 3 goes it still fails then you need somethinmg stonger..There is a program we use called Diskwarrior. `Its sole purpose is tyo fix directories.
Sometimes it can take a cople of hour to work, but in the last 10 years I've only had 2 machines where it hasn't been able to fix the damage.
Post back how you get on. Thanks.
Posted on Feb 20, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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This looks to be a hard drive issue....if you are familiar with the machine enough to take off the bottom plate.....requires a torx tool. I would take off the bottom plate and disconnect the hd, and then see if the machine will boot to cd...if it will then boot to cd then it is a hard drive... i would be careful though as there is a pad on the processor that cools it and if it becomes dislodged you can overheat the processor....
Posted on Mar 10, 2009
You need to reset your pram
Posted on Jul 29, 2009
If you can find an older SVGA monitor, try hooking it up to the port on the back of your mac. If you get video then chances are the LCD display is shot.
Posted on Sep 02, 2009
It sounds like the system is corrupted. What I would do is to get your instal disk and boot up holding down the c key on your keyboard. Once you have booted up go to the file menu and run disk utility to verify and repair the hard drive. Then go to the instal menu and instal a fresh system remembering to preserve the users data so you do not wipe anything. Hopefully this will work.
Posted on Oct 13, 2009
Sounds like possibly the motherboard has thrown in the towel.
1 thing to check is did you apply new thermal paste to the processor before putting motherboard back in?
Did you make sure all wires were seated as you pushed motherboard back in?
Posted on May 15, 2010
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