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  • 15. Re: Mac G5 Power PC forgotten password
    LCovington Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Great. Thank you. Now just to be clear once again, no files will be lost, correct?

  • 16. Re: Mac G5 Power PC forgotten password
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,250 points)

    On a Mac that does not have serious internal faults, no files will be lost. Correct.

     

    The Mac has the most approachable, user friendly interface of any commercialy-available system. That is one reason it is worth the premium you pay.

     

    It is excellent for casual users. It does not bite you and seldom will surprise you. Decisons are always made in favor of the user having nothing changed unless they explicitly ask for it. Side effects are always accompanied by warnings that list the side effects. They have entire large departments that focus on issues of User Interface.

     

    Contrast with raw unix. Type terse little commands from your memory with no easy ability to look through all commands or all options. If you make too many errors in a  row, the system suggests you may need a nap. (Yes, I am serious.) Extremely powerful. Powerful enough to cut your hand off if you are not already an expert.

  • 17. Re: Mac G5 Power PC forgotten password
    LCovington Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thank you both so much.

  • 18. Re: Mac G5 Power PC forgotten password
    LCovington Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Another question....When I boot it up, and have the C key held down, it opens the CD tray instead of booting the disc. Any thoughts?

  • 19. Re: Mac G5 Power PC forgotten password
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,250 points)

    Hold down the Alt/Option key. This runs an All-in-ROM program called the Startup Manager, which scans all the drives and draws an Icon for each potentially-bootable Volume.

     

    The Startup Manager has fewer pre-conceived notions about minimum systems based on already-installed systems. You should be able to select the Installer/Utilities DVD and press the proceed arrow.

  • 20. Re: Mac G5 Power PC forgotten password
    LCovington Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I see the standard Harddrive icon, but nothing called "installer/utilities DVD". And I can't even select it, because there is just a watch face with the hand spinning.

  • 21. Re: Mac G5 Power PC forgotten password
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,250 points)

    Startup Manager proceeds as if in slow motion, as it is checking everywhere for possible boot devices. Only when the watch disappers after several minutes does it bother to check the DVD reader for your installer/utilities DVD, probably named "Install Mac OS X".

  • 22. Re: Mac G5 Power PC forgotten password
    LCovington Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Great. Thank you. Just didn't have Enough patience...

  • 23. Re: Mac G5 Power PC forgotten password
    LCovington Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Still not working....I have booted while holding down the Alt/Option key, but the CD drive is still ejecting by itself after about a minute.  It is still not recognizing the OS X disc during the boot up.  Any thoughts?

  • 24. Re: Mac G5 Power PC forgotten password
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,250 points)

    If I use the OSX 5.8 install and startup disc,

    Exactly what disc is this? It cannot be a disc for a specific model Mac, unless it is the one for EXACTLY your model.

     

    It should be a "Full Retail" disc, which has drivers for every appropriate model Mac on it.

  • 25. Re: Mac G5 Power PC forgotten password
    LCovington Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    It says it is for OS X 10.5. I have 10.5.8 currently running.

  • 26. Re: Mac G5 Power PC forgotten password
    LCovington Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    It says it is a "CPU Drop in DVD" version 10.5

  • 27. Re: Mac G5 Power PC forgotten password
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,250 points)
    Power Mac G3, G4, G5

    Date introduced

    Original Mac OS included
    (see Notes 1 and 5)

    Later Mac OS included
    (see Note 1)

    Mac OS X Build(s)
    (see Note 2)






    Power Mac G5 - see Note 7 *Jul 20039.2.2, 10.2.7 (G5), 10.2.8 (G5)10.36S74, 6S75, 6S80, 6S90, 7B85
    Power Mac G5 (June 2004) *June 200410.3.410.3.77L18, 7L32, 7P124, 7T52
    Power Mac G5 (Late 2004)Oct 0410.3.510.3.7, 10.47P134, 7T52, 8A428
    Power Mac G5 (Early 2005)Apr 0510.4-8A428
    Power Mac G5 (Late 2005)Oct 200510.4.210.4.48E90, 8G32

     

     

    That may not be a recent enough version to boot your G5, if it was the last model on this list, for example.

  • 28. Re: Mac G5 Power PC forgotten password
    LCovington Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Not sure what I'm looking at here.  Mine was made on June 23, 2003.  Does this mean I need a different version of the OS X install disc?  I have bought a disc for the version currently running (10.5), but cannot get it to boot in order to reset the password.  Do I need a disc for the version of OS X that came on the computer, or the version it is currently running?

  • 29. Re: Mac G5 Power PC forgotten password
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,250 points)

    Some versions of Mac OS X will "pull up the ladder" once they are installed on your Hard Drive. They make settings that may preclude the re-install of older versions.

     

    Do an SMC Reset and a PRAM Reset to eliminate this pre-conceived notion of which Mac OS X is the minimum.

     

    If no joy, you need to run a test to check further:

    Power off.

    Remove all your Hard Drives.

    Power on and boot from the Installer DVD.

    The rule now in effect is: "Draw an Icon for each potentially-bootable Volume in the machine".

    If no Icons are drawn AFTER the resets, either your DVD reader is not working or the DVD is not a good enough version.

     

    If you suspect DVD Reader problems, you could try a DVD Cleaner Disc to wipe off the lens a bit.

     

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    Do you have another Mac? If so, which one?