OS 9.2.2 - System is "locked" & I don't know where to start!
I bought a used Power Mac G4 that came from a school somewhere, and I can't seem to do anything on it. When I try to adjust settings in Control Panel, for most items I get the error message "The application program XXX could not be opened, because it is locked" (with XXX being whatever control panel I'm trying to open, like Appearance, Date and Time, etc.) The system is running OS 9.2.2, with 128 MB RAM; I don't remember what processor speed for sure, but I'm thinking 450 MHZ. I'd like to know if there's some way to fix this & work with what I have (as I have no software disks, of course), or if I need to wipe & install new; if I do need to wipe & install new, what OS should I work with?
Sorry for sounding like a moron - I'm PC-literate & Mac challenged!
Re: OS 9.2.2 - System is "locked" & I don't know where to...
Try to remove all traces of the fool proof thing. There is probably a system extension, a control panel, and pref file to throw away but BE CAREFUL, the system could have been set up prior so that Fool Proof has to be disabled through it's control system before you uninstall. I have seen people try to remove the before mentioned elements and it only exacerbates the problem. Your best be it to track down those system disks and reinstall the OS. You could upgrade the system to 1GHZ system and run at least OSX Tiger on it. Checkout Otherworld Computing for parts (www.macsales.com)
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Could be your browser and/or Mac OS version. The G4s and even G5 Power PC Macs could only run operating systems up to 10.5.8. Minimum OS for running the latest versions of browsers, such as Safari and Firefox is 10.6. under the Intel chipset. Because the old browsers are slow, sites like Facebook and Google do not always support them.
OS 10.5.8 is more compatible than, let's say OS 10.4.9. Check your OS by going to About This Mac under the apple logo on the left side of the screen. It will tell you what your OS is. Your choices: Upgrade your OS to 10.5.8 or take a giant leap to an Intel Mac and run OS 10.6.8 or later. Eventually your old G4 will not be able to connect to anything because of the browser issues.
I would suggest sticking with Tiger. How to reinstall:
I assume you put the Tiger disc in the drive and rebooted while holding C or you changed your startup disc in System Preferences.
As you are clicking through the installation program, look for a "Options" button at the bottom, I believe. Click the button. Look for the "Archive and Install" option. Careful: **DON'T select "Erase and Install" unless you want everything erased off your hard drive.
There is a small risk of data loss when installing the operating system. You should have backups of your important pictures, documents, etc. You should have backups of your home folder. [The free Carbon Copy Cloner can make a copy of your hard drive onto an external hard drive. It can also make a disk image you can save to an external hard drive, if there's other stuff on the drive.]
Select "Archive and Install," which will save your previous OS in a folder and install Tiger. It will not touch your pictures, documents, etc.
After that, you should be good to go. If not, let us know and we'll do our best to help.
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It sounds as if your hard drive is damaged and is not mounting. As you are running OS 9 I suggest using Norton Systemworks and run it's disc repair facility Disc Doctor. This will make repairs to the hard drive to allow it to mount. (Unless the disc is too badly damaged). If this is the case you will need to replace the hard drive and re-install all your system and applications. If you haven't backed up your info, the damaged disc can be scanned and your files saved by a computer repair shop.
If you have access to the computer through the teachers account, all you have to do is throw out the multiple users control panel, multiple users extension and the prefrences, once you restart the multiple users are deactivated.
OK Sounds like a system error. The only way round this is usually to start up from your original OS disk.
You have quite an old mac (relatively speaking) and sounds like you are running OS 10.4?
Try starting up from the disk. You should then be able to see your drive. If you can see the hard drive you might back up important files now (if you can connect a external hard drive) The first thing is to try and repair the OS on your drive with the apple disk utility on the disk. You'll find that in the drop down menu. If it cannot repair you will have to re-install the OS. Archive the old system and install a new one. A clean install is usually better. Then get all the updates.
With your machine you will be limited as to what OS you can put on it.