Currently Being ModeratedAug 13, 2013 6:32 PM (in response to triplef54)
You really don't want to change any username.
Make a new Admin for yourself.
Reset OS X Password Without an OS X CD...
Starts up like the first time you buy a new Mac, but after filling in all that info again, you should have access to the computer and the other Users & files will still be there... give the new User a different name than an existing one.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 13, 2013 7:10 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Okay, so i followed the direction on the second link you gave me, and halfway through the set up (step 6) the set up window goes completely white with a gray bar across the center. So i no longer can even use the computer . I rebooted the computer twice and the same thing happened each time.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 13, 2013 10:26 PM (in response to triplef54)
Sounds like Disk corruption for sure...
Tough without the Install disc, but some things to try...
Does it boot to Single User Mode, CMD+s keys at bootup, if so try...
Repeat until it shows no errors fixed.
(Space between fsck AND -fy imoprtant).
Resolve startup issues and perform disk maintenance with Disk Utility and fsck...
Currently Being ModeratedAug 13, 2013 11:55 PM (in response to BDAqua)
I ran everything as you said, and after it finished it said, "the volume 000 ..vbqqbm. Appears to be OK"
I then rebooted the system and went through the set up process again, and it still got stuck at the same spot.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 15, 2013 10:53 AM (in response to triplef54)
We need more info to see if it'll run a newer version of OSX.
If you don't know the model, find the Serial# & use it on one of these sites, but don't post the Serial# here...
How to find the serial number of your Apple hardware product...
Currently Being ModeratedAug 15, 2013 2:55 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Alright, so i've found i have an early 2006 imac 17-inch. It says the maximum OS is Mac OS 10.6.8 Snow Leopard. The recommended OS is Mac OS 10.5.8 Leopard. I'm assuming i should purchase the disc for 10.5.8 Leopard? Thank you so much for all of the help.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 15, 2013 3:29 PM (in response to triplef54)
So, you have an Intel iMac. You can bypass Leopard ($200 from Amazon) and go straight to Snow Leopard.
Requirements for OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard'
The OS 10.6 Snow Leopard install DVD is available for $19.99 from the Apple Store:
and in the UK:
but nobody knows for how long it will be available.
When you have installed it, run Software Update to download and install the latest updates for Snow Leopard to bring it up to 10.6.8, or download the combo update from here:
Check via Software Update whether further updates are required.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 15, 2013 3:30 PM (in response to triplef54)
Yes, depends a bit on how much RAM you have, 10.5 will be a bit faster, 10.6 a lot newer...
* Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor
minimum system requirements
* 512MB of memory (I say 1.5GB for PPC at least, 2-3GB minimum for IntelMacs)
* DVD drive for installation
* 9GB of available disk space (I say 30GB at least)
Classic/OS9 Apps no longer supported.
May be available from Apple again...
Trouble is Apple no longer sells it, check eBay & such for the Retail version, not the Gray Discs...
List of Applications Not Compatible with Leopard...
Snow Leopard/10.6.x Requirements...
* Mac computer with an Intel processor
* 1GB of memory (I say 4GB at least, more if you can afford it)
* 5GB of available disk space (I say 30GB at least)
* DVD drive for installation
* Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.
* Some features require Apple’s MobileMe service; fees and terms apply.
Which apps work with Mac OS X 10.6?...
It's been pulled from the online store & Apple Stores, so you have to call Apple to buy it, last I heard.
Buy Snow Leopard > http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
Call Apple Sales...in the US: 1-800-MY-APPLE. Or Support... 1-800-275-2273
Currently Being ModeratedAug 15, 2013 3:40 PM (in response to BDAqua)
As of now it has 150gb free disc space and 512mb memory. I'm most likely going to just upgrade to leopard. Do you think it will be able to handle this without adding more memory?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 15, 2013 5:20 PM (in response to triplef54)
It can be done, but it's easy to add memory...
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