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What version of Mac OS X is it running? Tiger (10.4), Panther (10.3), something earlier.
Which type of iMac G3 is it, does the optical drive load on a tray or through a slot?
Have you just let it sit for a few hours, in case there is some process running that takes more than a few minutes to complete?
Do you have a Mac OS X installation disc for the release of the OS currently being used in that iMac?Various including Intel iMac, Power Mac G5, Pismo w/G4, Power Mac 8100 w/G3, Mac OS X (10.5.6), also Mac OS X 10.4.11, Mac OS X 10.3.9, and Mac OS 9.x
Hold down the shift key when booting into Mac OS X. this will check your file structure and do a repair. This will also leave off some files from being used.
Your Mac won't start up in Mac OS X (Mac OS X 10.3.9 or earlier). From what I have read, this list is mostly valid for 10.4. (Software problems)
iMac G3 (CRT)
Here is what spudnuty wrote on the subject:
Posted: May 2, 2007 10:24 PM in response to: Eustace Mendis
OK here are some more comparison charts:
The 350s don't have FireWire. The 400s and above all do. I have regularly swapped 400 boards and down converters into working 350 boxes.
... RichardiMac G3 600, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
We need to know the HD size and how much stuff you've got on there.
If you can't get the HD size from the Apple menu because you're not getting a complete start-up, look underneath the computer! there's a label with all the original specifications listed!
It does sound like you've run out of HD space and OS X can't load properly because there's no space left for swap files and the RAM is overloaded as a result.
Input needed!iMac 20" G5 1.83GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.11), MacBook 2.4/160/2G, 10.5.6, various G3s
OK so sorry bout the response delay, ive been busy but here's the update. My iMac is a G3 model # M5521 with a 600MHz processor. Power PC 750 Power Mac 4,1.
It is slot loading and it has a 38.16 GB HD with 16.59 GB available. It also runs on OS X 10.4 Tiger. SO i guess based on the chart from the link i suppose i have a iMac Special Edition from 2001 or so.
Now mind you im a noob with macs and some of the above i dont get. However, based on your advice i was able to boot up in safe mode (thats how i got all that info). I then restarted the computer in normal mode but it still had the same problem. Where do i go from here?iMac G3 600HMz
If you have the Tiger installer disk, boot the computer, immediately insert the disk into the drive, and hold down the "C" key to initiate a startup from the optical drive. Once booted from the installer disk, click on the "Installer" drop-down menu at the top of the screen and select "Open Disk Utility." Select the hard drive/volume listed on the left and choose to Verify and Repair.
Now mind you im a noob with macs and some of the above i dont get. However, based on your advice i was able to boot up in safe mode (thats how i got all that info). I then restarted the computer in normal mode but it still had the same problem. Where do i go from here?
You may want to use the disk utility to repair permissions.
well, now is a good time to back up your files. Go out and buy a flash drive. when you plug in the USB flash drive it will appear on your desktop. Drag the files you want to save onto the flash drive. Double-Clicked on the flash drive icon to see the files on the drive.
once you have backed up your important data, you will be in a better position to recover your system. I think one of the preference files has gotten corrupted. You will have to wait and see for someone to advise you on which one.
You can create a new user and copy over your data. the data copy can be a pain because you have to go and change the permissions.
RobertiMac G3 600, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
This article contains information on what safe startup does. By looking at these items you may be able to determine what the problem is.
"What is Safe Boot, Safe Mode? (Mac OS X) "
In addition, I would create a new user and see how this user works.
You can use the console application to examine Mac OS log files. The logs will contain information on various system processes.
Macintosh-HD -> Applications -> Utilities -> Console
File: open console log
this will display the startup messages
file: open system log
once the system is started, messages will go into the system logiMac G3 600, Mac OS X (10.4.11)