Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2013 8:23 PM (in response to xSlamx)
Sounds like you accidentially trashed some essential system required file or that your hard drive is failing due to heat.
Let the machine cool down and reboot again and see if you can get your remaining files off.
I recommend you seek the services of a local PC/Mac specialist (not Apple as your machine is too old and they don't do data recovery)
It might be time for a new machine, they might be able to freeze the hard drive long enough to get it to work and get your files off.
So seek their assistance, we can't assist you as the iMac is a sealed machine.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 5, 2013 3:56 AM (in response to ds store)
Woke up this morning and tried it again. First just the fan went on for a few seconds and then it shut off. Tried it like that a few times. The fan is very loud btw. Then it finally got to the white screen with the loud fan and then turned off after a few seconds. So frustrating. Ds store, could it be a heat issue? Anything to do about it? I'd really like to get my photos and music off. Hopefully the external hard drive copied everything else, I have no other computer to check on. If anyone has any ideas I could try let me know. I made an appointment at the Genius Bar but it's not till next week.
No way can I afford a new computer right now so if there's any salvaging this thing I'd like to try, thanks.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 5, 2013 4:57 AM (in response to xSlamx)
Do you have the original disks that came with the computer?
Do you know the model of your iMac? There were many different models of iMacs.
Did you back up the iMac before this episode>
Currently Being ModeratedApr 5, 2013 2:28 PM (in response to Eustace Mendis)
It's an iMac G5, I might have the original disks in storage somewhere but they are not immediately accessible. I have everything on the computer backed up except for my photos and music, which I'd really like to get. Anyone have any ideas for somehow getting those files off this thing?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 5, 2013 6:58 PM (in response to xSlamx)
will it start in Single User Mode ? (Hold Command + S after hearing the chime)
If so, follow the fsck section at http://support.apple.com/kb/ts1417
and when/if you (finally) get a 'volume appears to be OK' message
don't restart afterwards.
then, still in single user, type the command df/ followed by enter
making sure that the result shows Capacity at some reasonable level, like 90% or less.
df means 'display free disk space', you're checking that the drive isn't so horribly full that attemoting to start might further risk your data
if Capacity is ok- reboot as per the article; if not, post back.
If you can boot in Single User & have done the above, but still can't start normally - try
Safe Mode to see if you can copy your files off.
If Single works, but nothing else, it's probably possible to copy your files in that mode, using typed commands.
if you can't start at all -
Checking your exact model at http://www.ifixit.com/ will show how hard it is to remove the HD yourself... some are pretty easy with the right-sized screwdrivers, and the drive can then be taken to anywhere with a computer & the right cable/adaptor to copy your files.
Target Disk Mode : http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1661
if it works for you, would let someone with a computer & firewire port access any of your files that are intact. Apple may, as mentioned, say it's too old for them to look at.
finding the dvd's/getting replacements would be best.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 9, 2013 10:08 AM (in response to andyBall_uk)
Ok, the saga continues. I brought the imac to the Genius Bar and they said the hard drive was toast. Without money to get a new machine I bought a new terabyte drive and managed to install it myself with the help of YouTube. It now boots but I get the blinking folder with the question mark, presumably because there's no operating system. I don't have any of the original install disks and my disk drive is broken. Any ideas on how to get the operating system back on this machine? (It's an old 2006 white imac G5 so I'm assuming I can only put OS x 5.8 on it). I have an old laptop with 5.8 on it, can I somehow transfer it?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 9, 2013 10:18 AM (in response to xSlamx)
If I may, I think a better course would be to buy ($20) a copy of OS 10.6 and install that.
This assumes that both the iMac and the laptop can handle 10.6. You should verify this before buying SL.
The process would be to connect the iMac in target disk mode to the laptop, and install 10.6 from the laptop on to the iMac.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 9, 2013 10:31 AM (in response to Eustace Mendis)
I just tried connecting the imac to my old old Mac laptop in target disc mode and I got an error saying it was unreadable by the laptop. Don't have any other machines. Could I somehow transfer it from an external hard drive?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 9, 2013 10:34 AM (in response to xSlamx)
Also, I checked on the Internet and there seems to be contradictory information whether or not this iSight imac can max out at OS X 5.8 or can handle 6. Does anyone know for sure?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 9, 2013 10:36 AM (in response to xSlamx)
Also, do I need to format or do anything to this new drive? Thanks for all the help.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 9, 2013 10:42 AM (in response to xSlamx)
if it's a G5 - 10.5.8 is the latest.
- Mac computer with an Intel processor
- 1GB of memory
- 5GB of available disk space
Currently Being ModeratedApr 9, 2013 11:04 AM (in response to xSlamx)
Answers to your questions.
1. It is virtually impossible to transfer an OS from one Mac to another without specific software. Carbon Copy cloner can do other transfers, but OS is tricky. There is no guarantee the OS on the laptop will boot the iMac. (When an OS is installed the result is specifc to the computer where it is installed.)
2. Yes the drive has to be formatted - Mac OS Extended.
3. Since Andy Ball has confirmed you need OS 10.5, you will have to find a set of 10.5 installer discs. Once again the discs will have to be the "full retail" version, not the discs that shipped with a laptop.
Can yu borrow an external optical drive to connect to the iMac?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 9, 2013 11:15 AM (in response to Eustace Mendis)
My friend says he has the discs and an external USB drive. When I plug in the drive, will it automatically start to load the software when i boot the imac? Do I have to do anything extra to format the drive or will the leopard discs do it for me?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 9, 2013 12:00 PM (in response to xSlamx)
Load the OS cd in the usb drive, connect the drive to the iMac, and boot the iMac while holding down the c key.
The installer will ask you to select a language. On the next screen there will be a full menu bar. Go to Utilities, select Disk Utility. From there you can format the drive. Make it Mac OS Extended. When that is done, quit DU and proceed with the installation.
After 10.5 is installed, enter your personal information and settings. Connect to the internet and select Software Update in the Apple menu.