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Imac has no operating system. failed trying to install mac os x 10.5. any suggestions?

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Hard drive may be bad or installer disk has scratches. Replace hard drive and disk and try again.

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iMac G5's cannot run windows alone, but older software can be purchased like Virtual PC to run windows on that unit.

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I will try to give you a troubleshooting if you haven't done so.
first you could try is a PRAM reset, that might help to reset the paths of the logic board with internal components.
If that does not work try to reset SMC/PMU (power Management Unit) to see if that helps.
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1894 (article with PMU instructions)

If that does not work and you want to know the issue, try to boot in verbose mode:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1492   ( this is the article in apple tech support that explains how to do so.)

When you do that,(in case you can see the log) it will tell you what the machine does while booting.
Try connecting to another screen too to see if it is the screen.

Let me know if this helped, if not I can try to give you a workaround.

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Sadly, without an OS disk, there won't be any easy way to load an operating system on this computer. What you can do though, is order a set of replacement OS disks, from Apple (1-800-MYAPPLE) And have them shipped to you. It should only be 1 or two disks, so I don't see them costing you an arm and a leg (maybe about $50 USD tops). If you can find someone that has an identical model of iMac that you have, you could try borrowing their disks.

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You will need to change your administrator's password you can do this by putting in the system disk in the disk drive. Boot up using the c key. Once booted go up to the file menu and go to the reset password menu and reset your password. Hope this helps

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Apple advises the only fixes for such an issue with this class of their "legacy computer" series is to back up the data on the hard drive if possible and reinstall the Mac OS version is was operating with, or simply go a step further and upgrade to the highest version of the Mac OS X family of operating systems, that this iMac G3 qualifies for.

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If your friend is interested in knowing what is the highest version of Mac OS X he can install on his iMac 333,, it would be Mac OS X 10.3 Panther.

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