1 Reply Latest reply: Sep 28, 2007 11:21 PM by K Shaffer
h1gh0ctane Level 1 (0 points)
My old-school flat screen was stolen, and miraculously recovered by police. Worked fine for a month, but then the screen went blank. Fan is still running, assume the computer is on. Can I hook this machine up to another monitor to salvage some info or not? 17 imac G4, 800mhz, base looks like half a sphere and the monitor sits above.


17" Imac G4 800 mhz, 15" Powerbook G4 667 mhz, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • K Shaffer Level 6 (11,890 points)
    You may be able to attach another machine to access data off
    the iMac G4 via FireWire cable, to another Mac. The defective
    Mac has to be able to boot up through a process described here:

    "Using FireWire Target Disk Mode"
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    Could be something may have failed. If the startup info on the HDD
    is bad or the disk drive defective it may also fail to fully start. Can
    you use the bootable installer system disc (#1) to see if it will boot?
    There also should be an Apple Hardware Test on bootable media
    with the original system software packet specific to that machine.

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    If only the built-in display is damaged, not the internal components
    that drive the video/graphics altogether, you may see if the supplied
    video adapter that came with the computer when new would work
    with an external VGA or other suitable display of supported resolution
    to allow you to use the computer. - Being able to get the external one
    to work properly may be a problem, since you won't be able to see
    the control panel in Displays to choose to "mirror" the internal one
    on the external display. It could be a simple procedure at that point.

    This ability to 'mirror' the internal display can be helpful if the video
    and graphics components aren't damaged. If you can get it to work.
    Also there are some third party software utilities that may help you
    use and adjust an external display should you get there and it looks
    odd. Sometimes, just the controls on an external display are adequate
    but if the resolutions are not supported by the computer, that's different.

    [SwitchResX is one of the software utilties some use with an external display.
    It is free or donationware, and an easy search. It wasn't officially supported.]