I own an Apple iMac G4 that up until a few months ago was working fine. I am running OSX v10.3.9. When I put CD's or DVDs in, they do not show up on the screen or in the finder window. I am not sure if my daughter has downloaded something that has messed it up or not. Any suggestions?
Install your startup CD and restart the computer holding down the "C" if your computer starts off of it, the CD player is okay and you have a software problem, if does not start off the CD the CD/DVD needs to be replaced
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On the left Top of your monitor is a apple Logo.Tip on it and select "About that Mac"
A Window pops up and you select "More Info"
it shows you the OSX on it. OSX 10.3 or OSX 10.4
Google "Safari Browser for OSX 10.? "
Download it and it will work.
You may have the latest Version.
when booting in os x after the first boot chime immediately hold down keys <apple,option,o,f> all at the same time and allow computer to boot to open firmware once there type "reset-nvram" exactly like that but without quotation marks and press enter once it returns to command prompt type "reset-all"and press enter (you must have the "-" in between the commands) the computer should restart if not when the command prompt returns type "reboot" and hit enter .....
also you can check the drive status by going to "system profiler" in apple drop down menu--->about this mac-->more info or applications folder-->utilities folder--->system profiler then selct disk burning under hardware in the list on the left
You're in luck if you have another mac because you can now use it's drive to install from. Connect the computers together using a firewire cable then restart the mac with the broken drive holding down the T key at the bong until a firewire symbol appears on screen. The other mac can now see it and can install the software to it as an external drive.
Otherwise you would need a firewire cd drive or USB to Firewire adaptor for your cd drive. If you get one of those you hold the alt key while rebooting and this will display a list of bootable devices.
On the latest OSX disks it has a folder for network cd/dvd access for intallation but again you need another mac to mac use of it.
it won't read it because the new os disk is double layered and the g4 drive you have probably won't read double layered dvds. best solution is to buy or borrow an usb external dvd drive. i did this last week and it worked fine.
It;'s not a great Idea flipping the mac over they have a special stand to put them on when working on them. But it should be able to cope with it. Your mac is relatively old now. With all the moving around it could have just given up the ghost.
They are quite tricky to work on with the hard drive sitting on top and the cables running over and down the side there is a stack of heat generated there. Just make sure you put ll the thermal back in. If it's not a miss seated connection it could be a number of things. Cable, heads. Trouble shooting is quite tricky. As it is a desktop, in a lot of cases it is cheaper to buy an external DVD reader/writer. They are faster now!
You should be able to install OK when it is in terminal mode. You could run disk utility but more than likely you'll have to run the installation again.