6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 2, 2008 5:26 PM by cornelius
tnelson10 Level 1 Level 1
My dad recently was at our local dump and found an ibook g4 that was in perfect working condition the only problem was that it needed a battery and a charger. well we now have the charger and the battery but we cant do anything to the comptuer because we dont have the original owners password. is there any way to get around this when i am updating the OS to leopard?

macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10
    Insert the Mac OS X 10.5 installation disk with the C key held down and either do an Archive & Install without preserving user and network data or use the Reset Password utility.

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  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6
    tnelson10:

    If you are certain that the computer is sound, and if you have the install disk, I suggest that you first completely reformat and erase the HDD to get rid of any vestige of previous use, then install the OS.

    Formatting, Partitioning Erasing a Hard Disk Drive
    • With computer shut down insert install disk in optical drive.
    • Hit Power button and immediately after chime hold down the "C" key.
    • Select language
    • Go to the Utilities menu (Tiger) Installer menu (Panther & earlier) and launch Disk Utility.
    • Select your HDD (manufacturer ID) in left side bar.
    • Select Partition tab in main panel. (You are about to create a single partition volume.)
    (Where available) Click on Options button
    • Select Apple Partition Map (PPC Macs) or GUID Partition Table (Intel Macs)
    • Click OK

    • Select number of partition in pull-down menu above Volume diagram.
    (Note 1: One partition is normally preferable for an internal HDD.)
    • Type in name in Name field (usually Macintosh HD)
    • Select Volume Format as Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    • Click Partition button at bottom of panel.
    • Select Erase tab
    • Select the sub-volume (indented) under Manufacturer ID (usually Macintosh HD).
    • Check to be sure your Volume Name and Volume Format are correct.
    • Click Erase button
    • Quit Disk Utility.
    Open installer and begin installation process.

    Installation Process
    • Select installation option
    • Choose to Customize and deselect Foreign Language Translations and Additional Printer drivers.
    Optional: Check box to install X11 (Tiger and later) BSD Subsystems (Panther & earlier).
    • Proceed with installation.
    • After installation computer will restart for setup.
    • After setup, reboot computer.
    • Go to Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility.
    • Select your HDD (manufacturer ID) in left side bar.
    • Select First Aid in main panel.
    • Click Repair Disk Permissions.
    • Connect to Internet.
    • Download and install Mac OS X 10.5.5 Combo Update (Leopard) or
    Mac OS X 10.4.11 Combo update (PPC) (Tiger) or
    10.3.9 Combo Update (Panther)
    Computer will restart.
    • Repair Disk Permissions as previously.
    • Go to Apple Menu > Software Update.
    • Install all updates.
    Computer may restart after updates.
    • Go to Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility.
    • Select your HDD (manufacturer ID) in left side bar.
    • Select First Aid in main panel.
    • Click Repair Disk Permissions.

    cornelius
  • pat720 Level 1 Level 1
    I replaced the dc input in my ibook g4, now it will not start up. I tried option apple and p&r, tried disc and coption c nothing works. no hard drive shows on the blue screen. thanks for any help.
  • spudnuty Level 5 Level 5
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X
    Hey Pat and Welcome to Apple Discussions,
    You might want to start a new thread instead of posting at the bottom of this one. That way more people can see it and help you.
    When you repost include the CPU speed in your info line.
    Richard
  • pat720 Level 1 Level 1
    Thank you for the advise. I have never used a forum before. Still can't hardly figure it out!
  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6
    pat:

    Welcome to Apple Discussions.
    I have never used a forum before. Still can't hardly figure it out!

    Please click here to post a new topic. As Richard suggested, your issue will get more exposure and attention in that way. Be sure to describe the symptoms your computer is exhibiting as clearly as you can, and tell us what measures you have taken to try to rectify it. Please identify your computer by processor speed, HDD capacity and how much of it is used etc.

    cornelius