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My imac os 9.1 will not reboot.

Help it says "apple imac open firmware" and there is a little blinking folder with a question maek on it.....i dont have any of the discs. what do i do?

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Sorry but you need mac operating system cd in order to load.

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There are several reasons that this might happen.

The most obvious is that the videos are encoded with a later codec or container format that was never available under OS 9. You might still be able to find transcoding software that can translate the files into a format that can be read under OS 9, but that becomes more difficult as time passes and support for older, less secure codecs is dropped.

Less obvious is if the OS 9 install has been designated as a Classic environment or so-called "Blue Box". While such System folders can remain bootable, there are fundamental changes made to the OpenTransport extensions such that they are no longer fully functional in stand-alone mode. OpenTransport was not just for networking, but was also very much involved with multi-media functions under OS 9 and QuickTime.

An excellent resource for vintage and obsolete Apple systems and software is Low End Mac . Not only does it include archived material dating back to 1997, but also has an active community and sponsors several mailing lists on particular models and OS versions.

Jan 09, 2014 | Apple iMac OS 9.1

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My Mac desktop, justa couple years old when i turn it on, the white screen comes up and after a few shows folder, with a question mark. The icon blinks, but nothing happens, mouse doesn't work either


Mac can't find the system to start up as usual, if you have the dvd that came with it (or any retail mac os dvd) start up from that and run the disc utility which will hopefully repair your disc.
If you have not the dvd , then do this start up the mac holding down apple and s keys , you will get a black screen and white text. You are now in the system firmware and you have to careful here!
wait a mo press return once, then type
fsck -f
press return once, this will force the firmware to check the disc.

if this goes ok then try restarting normally.

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Aug 23, 2010 | Apple iMac G4 Desktop

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Imac g4 won't start but shuts down when apple logo appears on screen


Are you sure the iMac is really shutting down or just turning off the backlight? The tell-tale sing would be to let the unit fully boot-up (wait 3 minutes) and the press the button the apple keyboard that ejects the CD-ROM. If the CD-ROM door opens, you iMac is running with disabled or broken backlight.
The inverter circuit on the iMac G4 is known to be weak.
There could be another problem, though. The iMac G4 is also known to have weak internal power supplies. Here's how you can tell:
Hold down the CMD OPT "O" and "F" keys at the same time while pressing the power button. This will tell the iMac that you want to boot into the Open Firmware shell, bypassing the Mac OS X startup. If this works, your power supply is good, the inverter is good and you have a problem with your Open Firmware boot string. To fix the boot string, Power on the unit while holding down the keys CMD-OPT-P-R to zap the parameter RAM (PRAM) and reset everything to defaults.
If you were not able to boot into the Open Firmware shell, your problem is either a failed power supply or a failed screen backlight. The last possible culprit is your iMac could suffer from "Bulging Capacitor Syndrome", where a batch of iMac G4s, iMac G5s another electronics were fitted with a bad batch of capacitors. Eventually, the caps will rupture and cause irreparable damage to the logic board. Only way to verify this is to pull the unit apart and visually inspect. If you see little green or blue cylinders that seem to be bulging or oozing a thick oily goo, that's your problem. Only recourse is to shop around on eBay and look for a replacement logic board.

May 30, 2010 | Apple iMac G4 Desktop

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When you turn the comuter on, it just shows the


--SAFE BOOT MODE--

I am going to have you take your Mac into Safe Mode to see if we can't remove a possible folder(s) that may be affecting your Mac's start up function.

Try these steps:

• Reboot your Mac
• Upon restarting your Mac, press the Shift key.
• Hold the Shift key until you see a White Screen with Gray Apple icon and eventually a spinning gear.

• When you see the Spinning gear, release the Shift key.

• Allow the Mac to continue booting up. Also this may take a little while
(NOTE: this may take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to load to the Safe mode screen depending on the performance of your Mac, but if it exceeds this time, shutdown your Mac and try just once more. It may have just frozen up the first time around for you.)

• You are going to enter the Safe Mode (which looks like your main desktop environment - the only difference is certain start up items are disabled.)

• Once within the Desktop in Safe Mode
• From the Finder Menu, click Go> Go to Folder
• Type in this line: /System/Library/StartupItems
• This path, is going to take you to the System Library folder which has all of your Mac OS X StartupItems.

• Remove all of those folders to the Trash.

*Reboot your Mac normally and see if you can access your normal User desktop environment.

This should help get your iMac G4 back up
and running.

Regards,

Mactechtrainer

Jan 30, 2010 | Apple iMac G4 Desktop

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APPLE IMAC G4 - TRYING TO INSTALL OS WITHOUT DISK EJECT BUTTON


Reastart the iMac and at the same time hold down the mouse left click button. If that does not work.
  1. Restart the computer.
  2. Immediately after the startup sound, press and hold the key combination Command-Option-O-F.
    Note: The Command key has the Apple and (commandkeysymbol.gif) icons on it.
  3. Release the keys when you see a white screen that says "Welcome to Open Firmware."
  4. At the prompt, type: eject cd
  5. Press Return, then wait a few seconds. The disc drive should eject any disc that is present, and "ok" appears behind your command when the action is complete.
  6. Type: mac-boot
  7. Press Return.

Dec 11, 2009 | Apple iMac G4 Desktop

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Screen goes white, flashing a folder with a question mark


The flashing folder means that the computer can't find the boot system on the hard drive. If your girlfriend's step-dad has removed some parts of the OS, then the system will not start giving the 'flashing folder' result. You will need to re-install the OS from the system disk.
Insert the disk into the computer and it will boot from that and take you through the install procedure.

May 17, 2009 | Apple MacBook 13"White /2.0Ghz Intel Core2...

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I forgot my password for my new imac and dont have da disk..


To reset your OS X password without an OS X CD you need to enter terminal and create a new admin account:
  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. When you login as the new admin you can simply delete the old one and you’re good to go again!
Give me credit once it has been resolved. Thanks!

May 13, 2009 | Apple iMac OS 9.1

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''imac g4 does not see dvd drive after Xferring files and setting


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

Mar 18, 2009 | Apple iMac G4 Desktop

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IMac G3 unable to boot up


OSX isn't compatible with the older G3's.

Mar 26, 2008 | Apple iMac G3, G4 USB Keyboard 9224078

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IMac 266 Rage Pro Won't Boot


I don't think the installer will work over a network. I think you need an actual CD of 8.5/8.6 or an external drive with the OS on it.

Dec 30, 2007 | Apple iMac RAGE PRO/233/266/333mhz Logic...

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