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This is a question from a friend of mine who recently was given a used imac. Any ideas what he can try doing? when I plug it in and turn it on I get a grey screen with a little icon in the middle (looks like a monitor with facial features) which alternates with a question mark on approx 1 sec intervals.

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  • Davis M May 11, 2010

    It kinda sounds like you don't have a hard drive in there, or the hard drive doesn't have the Mac OS installed at all... I'd invest in a set of mac os install cd's(system disks) on eBay. Even though the disc sets may claim they are for mac books or other mac systems specifically, they will work on your imac. I'd try searching for OS disks in the 10.1 to 10.3 range of Mac OSX.

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What your friend is seeing, is an indicator that the Mac 333 Mhz, is not able to boot up to recognizable Mac OS volume. This means that Mac OS volume is either damaged or has some how been corrupted.

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.

Here is a link from Apple support for resolving this issue for this legacy mode;
Macintosh starts up to Grey Screen

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.

This version is the highest upgrade for the iMac 333 because Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger will only work with Macs that have a built-in Firewire port.

Here is the technical specifications link from Apple for this model:
Technical Specifications - iMac 333 Ghz (1999)

This should help.

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-Mactechtrainer

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