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Resoring my g4 cube model #m7886 to factory

I was just giving a apple g4 cube version 2.9, and i would like to restore the system to its factory settings. the system did not come with any discs, and i do not see any partitions to do it. i am new to using apple computers. so how would i go about doing this?

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  • geswho77 Jan 06, 2009

    because my daughter lost the passwords and i cant change nothing. i want to restore it so that i have control and not my kids. lol i need to get it so i am the administrator or have a way to recover her password

  • Yedifix May 11, 2010

    Why would you want to do it? The beauty of MacIntosh is that everything is backwards compatible. The only exception is os 9 and os 10. If this is a pre-OS10 machine, then you would want to put the latest 9.4.4 system software. It would be the most internet savvy and compatible. If you can go system 10, then go with most recent for that as well. 

    If you find exactly what system was on the machine, try E-bay if you are just trying to get the machine back to complete stock for the novelty of it. You can probably find manuals and software for very little. 


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Get a copy of Tiger OS10.4 on DVD. The latest system, Leopard (OS10.5) is a bit too heavy for a cube. You can either purchase from Apple or "borrow" a copy from someone. Apple system software can be installed on more than one machine. Put in the DVD and restart holding down the otion key so the computer starts from DVD and follow the instructions for a "clean install" erasing the hard drive.

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I had a similar problem with not having a password. I took it to an apple store and the help at the genius bar  reset the password. At first they were a bit leery because  my machine was fairly new, they may have thought that it may have been stolen. But after showing the box, manual and install disk everything was fine.  For a machine as old as a Cube there should be no problem.

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