Every time i start my mac G4 up, it takes at least an hour until i see anything on the screen, and then i get asked to register my mac and asked to follow several commands regarding my service provider telephone number etc and this also takes another hour or like last night not at all. the real problem is, that my mac once had indesign photoshop etc , and now i can not see any of these on my mac!! Please can you help me!
Cannot see apps is a generic fault description. Try the following you may get lucky.
Scenario 1 you have no backup. Boot up from os disk and select disk utiliity from the tools menu.
Check drive status from high-lighting drive manufacturer and checking smart status. Degraded or anything other than Verified you are stuffed dont risk disk repair it could make things worse. Best reboot holding T button (Target disk mode) and connect to another mac via firewire and backup if you can any data immediately. Concentrate on User folder. Replace drive and go to Scenario 3.
Scenario 2. You backed up.If Disk Utility will not repair volume. Best get a copy of Disk Warrior. If disk structure repaired and still will not boot up properly reinstall system with import user option.
Scenario 3. Give up trying to get data. Boot up from os disk. Reformat and install system and reside yourself to being a plonker for not backing up. BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP. :)
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I called the product's support services, and was instructed on how to unlock, and boot up my eMac G4 1.0, OS X version without a startup disk. There are also several safe, and legal sites online that can assist you, with your current issue, hotspot wifi installing plus many other questions, and needs. Hope this info has been helpful in any way, and thank's for asking !
This means the mac can not find the system to start up, you can try holding down the alt key as you start the mac, this may bring up a choice of systems to boot from if not then try holding down the shift key at startup, as this will boot without extensions loading. If none of this works then you need the startup dvd that came with the mac, if you dont have it the you need a retail copy of the mac os that will boot your mac , if its g4 then osx 10.3 or 10 .4 will work.
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.
Analysis procedure on this one is straightforward, though equipment intensive.
1) Put a different display on the Mac and see if it works better.
2) Put a different computer on the display and see if it works better.
Until you do this, we don't even know what component is at fault. Once we do, you can proceed from there.
Take the battery out for an hour. Zap the PRAM about ten times and see if it starts. If not try booting from the OS CD holding down the "C" key at startup. If it still won't start try a different hard drive and test the memory. Try a different CD ROM drive. That is all I can think of right now.