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I have a Mac OSX model 5521 DHHS Code D8 G4 128 MD 12 GB operating system which was previously owned. I do not have the operating boot discs nor do I have the password to get into the system. What can I do? Please help me get it up and running.

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1. Reboot

2. Hold apple + s down after you hear the chime.

3. When you get text prompt enter in these terminal commands to create a brand new admin account (hitting return after each line):

* mount -uw /

* rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

* shutdown -h now

4. After rebooting you should have a brand new admin account.

5. Change the password on your old account while logged in as your new Admin account, then log back in as yourself and delete your new Admin account."

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    Apple don't put their OS on DVD any more. It's usually downloaded directly from the internet. But, if you live near an Apple Store you could take a USB Memory Stick in the shop and one of the guys could download the installer to the stick.
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    To find out more about your Mac Model and all of its capabilities... download a copy of MacTracker.
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    I make a "CLONE" at least once a year then test that it boots then I wipe (Format) my internal HD and install clean updated OSX. Reboot and choose the Migration Assistant to put all my data back from the Clone I made.
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Operating System Requirements


No Problem
Always do a full backup before updating your Mac OSX. Use Carbon Copy Cloner to make a bootable "Clone" of your current Hard Disk. Once the clone is done... Boot from the clone. (Hold Option Key down at Startup and choose external HardDrive with new clone OSX)
Verify that this clone Boots & has all of your current data.
Use the "Mac Tracker" App on the Mac or iPhone to see what the maximum OSX system your model can handle. (Makes no sense in installing just OSX10.5 if you can go to say OSX10.7
Download a copy of the MacOSX 10.5.8 installer DVD (Saved as a .DMG file here Fenopy.se (Search for OSX 10.5). OR OSX10.9 (free download) if your Mac can run on this latest OSX.
Burn your OSX Install software to DVD. Use Disk Utility with your .DMG (Disk Image) File and select the .dmg from the LH Side menu to burn to DVD.
Once burned, try booting from the DVD. If that works OK then you are ready to go. BUT not quite yet.
You really don't want to install a new clean system over top of your existing system. This would be like a Band Aid Fix.
(This is where you must have your current existing system cloned to an external hard drive. Just like i mentioned above.)
Because, now you will start up or "boot" your computer from the DVD installer disk you just made. You will find the Disk Utility tool in the top menu. Use this to FORMAT your internal Hard Drive. (Dont Have your External Drives connected at this time... for safety.)
Choose ERASE or Partition and Select "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" as the format type.
This process only takes a few minutes. If you have more time you can select the Security Option (choose fastest or single pass) then hit erase button. The security option in this case is only used to write "ones" to every sector on the disk thereby thoroughly testing the drive. This happens to be the ideal time to make sure you have a good flawless internal hard drive. Peace of Mind for older Macs.
Once completed, your drive is totally empty, you have lost everything unless you have made a "clone" beforehand.
Now you can run the installer and leave that process to complete for half an hour or so.
When installer has finished the Mac should reboot itself (you will hear install Jingle), with the new clean OSX installed. You can then manually answer all the questions if you want and give it your Network passwords etc. OR You can select Migration Assistant and migrate all your previous files & settings automatically from that external drive "clone" you made earlier.
You should now have almost a brand new clean Mac to install your new scanner software on.
Also... if you only installed say OSX10.5.0 then you will have updates to download on line, then install, to bring your Mac up to 10.5.8
I run this process on my Mac's at least once a year so that I always have a clean OSX with defragged hard drive so I can work reliably for the next few months. If not... I still have my "Clone" to boot from.
By the way Apple's latest systems since 10.7 (I Think) have an emergency boot partition automatically installed by the installer software. You just re boot & hold the OPTION KEY down and you are given the choice of booting from this bare minimum emergency system. It is heavily limited as to it's functionality but Disk Utility is there to look for problems.)
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John, I am sorry to say the best way is go buy either Mac OS 10.5 or the upgrade to 10.6. As you get a couple of screens into the install process you will see the Menu Bar appear across the top of the screen. There is an option to reset the password.

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My mac is showing me a grey screen with a flashing folder icon in the middle alternating the finder icon and a question mark.I dont have the osx disc


Hi there,
The flashing folder icon is telling you that your Mac cannot locate a working operating system to startup.

You may be having a software problem that is keeping your Mac from recognizing your operating system, or a hardware problem that is keeping your Mac from connecting to your hard drive (where the operating system lives).
Since you don't have access to a CD/DVD of the Mac operating system, ff you have an external hard drive with a working operating system on it, try connecting it to your Mac with FireWire and startup the computer holding down these keys: Command (Apple) +option+shift+delete. This will force the Mac to attempt to startup from the external drive.
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Locked


apples way to unlock if you boot off the original restore/OS disc and select reset password only . you may get away with using another OS9 or OSx disc, but apples are picky and want the original disc.
or you can bring it in and get it reset at the apple store for around $130-$200
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The flashing question mark means that the computer can't find an OS.
If the computer previously was working, start up from the OSX disc and run 'Disc Utility' from the 'Utilities' menu in the top toolbar.
Run 'First Aid' to check and repair any errors.
If the computer still can't find an OS then you will need to re-install OSX.

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Just repaired g3 ibook. Hard drive needs formatting, as it has xp loaded on it. Ibook starts up, boot tone, proceeds to load, then screen has a file in the center of screen with the osx finder square face...


With the OS X Installer CD in the drive, try booting your mac and holding down the option key immediately after you hear the start up chime. This will (hopefully) load a firmware boot loader that will show available start up discs. Hopefully the OSX installer will show up as CD Icon. Select the Icon with your mouse or keyboard and press enter to start up with the Installer CD. From the installer you should be able to erase and format the drive as Mac OS Extended before installing OS X.


If the computer still won't boot from the CD double check that it is a retail OS X installer CD. If your CD has "software restore" or "ibook restore" or any other varient of restore written on the label; or if it names a particular model such as "ibook install" or "imac install" it is not a retail copy and may not be a bootable disc. A retail copy will only name the version of the operating system followed by the word install written on it's label and usually have a brief instruction on booting from the CD by holding the C key at startup.


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? on screen


This icon means your computer is unable to access the operating system it was using last time it started up. This may not mean your computer is broken. My recommendation is to get your MacOSX installation disc (probably Leopard, maybe Tiger) and put it in the drive. Then hold down the Option key and turn the computer on. Keep it held down until you see a row of large buttons with icons on them. If you don't see your MacOSX installation that's on your hard drive, select the DVD with your OSX installation disc and click the right-arrow button on screen to boot from that disc. Once it's booted you can do diagnostics using the software on there. If you do see your OS, select it and the arrow to start up.

Sometimes this can happen if you boot your computer from an external drive and then don't set it back to your HDD, but usually it will figure it out on its own and won't give you that icon for more than a second. Best of luck!

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