Booting an iMac g5 for the first time with out the system disc.
G5 iMac 1.8 ghz, pre-isight. I do not have the original system install or restore discs. Purchased a used drive with os 10.5 and ilife already installed on it, installed the drive in the machine. Did not recognize the operating system, command x, safe mode, command n, network boot and zapped the pram, none of which worked. Is there any way to trick the machine into recognizing the files. I did fire it up in target disc mode and can see all of the sytem files. Or do I have to have the disc to get it to boot for the first time?
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There are several reasons why you could be having this problem. You first need to know a little about the various "flavors" of Apple computers and operating systems.
There are two brands of processors: PowerPC (this is what you have) and Intel (what Apple switched to after your model).
There are also different types of system install disks: Specific Version (this is what would have came with the iMac originally and contains only the drivers for that model). Retail Version contains drivers and "Universal" processor code for all of the supported models and both types of processors.
Intel Macs format their drives differently than PowerPC macs. So, if the used drive was formatted for Intel you wouldn't be able to mount it, if the install disk that was used was Specific Model type rather than Retail type when the system was installed on your used disk, you wouldn't be able to mount it either.
The drive you have must be formatted for PowerPC and system installed from either the Specific Version or Retail install disc in order for you to mount it.
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Best thing you can do is to determine whether its the port or the camera.
If you go to the Apple in the upper-left corner, and go to "About this Mac", then click "More information", it will start System Profiler. On the left side, under "Hardware", click on "Firewire" and see if your iSight shows up. If you have another FireWire device, plug it in, and see if it shows up there as well. The solution could just be a dead iSight (hopefully!). The worst case scenario is a dead FireWire bus...
If you have a dead iSight, I'd guess that ebay would be your best resource at this point. If its a dead bus, I'm afraid it won't be terribly cost effective to fix it :-/
I understand from your problem statement that the internal iSight camera in your G5 iMac turns itself off around 10 seconds after you turn it on.
Create a new temporary user in System Preferences / Accounts. Log out and then log in as this user. Enable the camera. Does it still turn off in 10 seconds? If not, something running in your other user account (a startup program or system preference) is interfering with the operation of your camera.
If you have a spare external drive, install a fresh version of the Mac OS on that drive, then boot from that drive. Does the camera still turn off in 10 seconds? If not, you should run an OS installation with "archive and install" on your internal drive. If it does, you have a hardware problem that requires a Mac tech. If this is indeed a G5 iMac, the repair will likely not be cost-effective.
Try inserting the master (system) disc that came with it and hold down the "C" key while booting. If it comes on with the OS X installer, try disk utility to reset permissions, if that fails to solve it, start again and this time when you get the install disc up get to options and do archive and install. If that has no effect, get out your Apple Care ( you do have it don't you?) and take /send it to Apple.
If you can run it in safe mode, that means that you have an extension problem. I had most of the time problems with the ATI extensions.
First of all try too boot on another account, an new one would be good, to check if this is not account related.
Secondly i would reinstall the system (a clean install would be good, tough you can try an archive-install)
Thirdly if it isnt fixed I would delete all ATI extensions instead of the one that your graphic card uses. to delete: go to /System/Library/Extensions .
Hope that helps
if the iMac is one of the computers with the slot-load drive (you don't load the disc into a tray before it goes into the computer), then placing a disc smaller than a regular CD/DVD will damage the CD drive and will be very hard to remove.
you could buy an external CD/DVD drive and then use smaller discs with the iMac.
1) remove all external , leaving only keyboard anf mouse. 2) turn power on and press and leave mouse depress until any cd are out from cd bay Main boadr is ok but system canot be loaded due to a corrupted os x load
if u have original cd please insert
1) remove power cord to De-enegize system 2) plug power cord back and press power buttom insert Mac Osx Labeled Install CD ,Press Comand-C to boot from CD
On the Dell, have look at your network connection setup.
( You don't say what OS you have on it )
There could be a box with a tick in it to automatically connect to nearby wireless networks.
Disabling this may help.