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EMac powers on, but does not boot. It shows a gray screen and the computer is making a clicking noise. Is it possible to still retreive data using target mode?

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Suggest starting with boot disk then troubleshoot.

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Need to transfer data from old computer to new computer


You have a bad situation. Only a mac repair pro can help you in this case as it's hard to arrange some tools to solve the problem. A pro can gain access to your emac hard drive and free up some space or transfer your data using special tools and knowledge. Thank you and good luck.

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I have an emac G$ 700Mhz 128MB/40GB/Combo with two related problems: 1. On power up, I get a blank grey screen that, after a while, changes to a similar screen, except that at its center is a small...


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One alternate solution (if you have another computer available) would be to boot the eMac into target disk mode by holding T during startup. It should show a firewire icon on the screen, and should act like an external hard drive when you connect it to another computer via a firewire cable. You can use this method to install the OS onto the eMac from another Mac. You can try Googling "Target Disk Mode" if you need more information.

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How can i reset an apple emac 1955 back to factory have to much personal use and wanna give it to my son


Find the original gray optical disks that came with the machine. (Sorry, I know this step will lose 90% of owners already, but you're supposed to keep those.) Failing that, find the installation DVD for the version of Mac OS X you upgraded it to most recently (but you'll lose the software "extras" that may have come with the machine).
Boot from the DVD by holding down the C key at boot. Run through the initial installer screens until getting to the one where you choose whether you want to upgrade (which will probably be grayed out), archive and install, or erase and install. Choose erase and install. Then just let the installer fly. When it is done, you will have clean factory software on the machine.

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What do I do if every time i turn my emac on there is only a flashing file in the center of the screen and no mouse courser


I have a possible solution, but it would be helpful to know what operating system you have on your eMac. Mac OS X is the Mac operating system. Do you have Mac OS X 10.2, 10.3, or 10.4, for example.
Solution:Do you have your system discs for your eMac or an Mac OS X installation disc? You'll need it to fix the problem. Use the newest disc you have.
WARNING: There is a _slight_ risk of loss of your data (pictures, documents, etc.) when reinstalling your operating system. Backing up your precious photos and other documents is critical!

1. If the eMac is on, hold down the power button until it turns off. 2. Turn the eMac while holding down the mouse button. 3. When the CD/DVD drive opens, put the system disc in (use disc #1 if you have more than one disc). 4. Turn the machine off again by holding down the power button. 5. Turn the machine on while holding down the C key on the keyboard to boot from CD (or DVD). 6. Wait until the eMac boots from your system disc. 7. You should see the install screen. There should be an Options button. Click the Options button. 8. One of the choices will be to do an "Archive and Install". Go ahead and do an "Archive and Install", which will reinstall the operating system but leave your photos and other files. See cautions above. **Do _NOT_ click the option to ERASE the hard drive** or you'll lose all your photos, etc. 9. Once it's all done (expect it to take an hour or more), you should be able to use your computer normally.
Good luck. I hope this is understandable. If you need more help, please post again. *Please rate me if this helped.* Thanks!

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At boot up my Hitachi Hard drive clicks once. Not shown in BIOS


Sounds like a system area problem. If you want to send it to us at TechRx, Inc. we can take a look for you. Free estimates http://techrxgb.com

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Emac won't start up


An Emac! one of my favorite CRT Macs :D

They sometimes had a problem of the vibrations of the speakers killing the CRT Tube. But it sounds like you are having worse problems.

the first suspect would be bad ram. Try removing one stick, then the other and running it with only one stick. If you only have one stick, then get ahold of a new stick and try that. There is a little rectangular cover on the bottom of the computer that your ram hides under.

If that doesnt fix it, return any purchase of sticks or ram and lament the death of your mac. Not that it is not fixable, its just cheaper to get a new one, and hey, unless your hard drive is fried, you can even get all your data off! How cool is that?

DISCLAIMER: You are dealing with a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) Monitor. It can and will shock you if you touch the wrong bit. Possibly even lethally. EVEN if it is unplugged. If you dont feel comfortable opening the case, pay a professional.

Here is a link showing how to take apart your mac. http://www.wilko.com/emac/
This also has a good picture of the memory cover.

Once you have the hard drive out you can get and IDE to USB cable or hard drive enclosure, and hook your old drive up to your new mac, and use the migration utility (in the utilities folder) and pull your whole account (applications and all) to the new mac.

You can get a 1.4GHz Emac for around $200 these days.

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At boot up my Hitachi Hard drive clicks once. Not shown in BIOS


I am assuming that this is the hard drive in the computer. Try a safe boot up to see if you can get to the hard drive. use the F8 key at startup for safe mode.

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My Emac will not start up. It makes a high pitch noise a few times and then nothing happens. The screen will not turn on at all, it just remains black.


Put your system disk and power up holding down the c key on your keyboard. Once booted up go to the file menu and go to disk utility once open see if your hard drive is showing up. If it does run verify disk to to check whether your hard drive needs repaired if it does run the repair disk on it. That should get it up and running. However if your hard drive does not show up it is possible that the hard drive has failed. You would then need to replace the hard drive. Hope this helps.

Dec 29, 2009 | Apple eMac G4 Desktop

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It is locked


Boot your emac by restarting using the Mac OS disc. You can reset the password via the top menu on the launch screen.

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I turned of my eMac without turning of the 3.5 HDD external enclosure and now the icon does not pop up on my desk top? How do I get the icon back


Boot eMac

Unplug the DATA cable for the external HDD where it enters the computer.

recycle power to external HDD

plug the data cable for the external HDD back into the eMac.

Icon should appear after a small delay.

IF NOT -- Reboot eMac.

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