9 Replies Latest reply: Sep 16, 2009 5:27 PM by Bill Seeley1
Bill Seeley1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Where is the iMac G4(soccer ball) hardware test download. I have searched every known word and can not find it at Apple. I have the software restore disks but not a hardware test. Let alone any reference. Bill

iMac PowerPC G4, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • K Shaffer Level 6 Level 6 (11,635 points)
    When I looked there a few months ago, out of curiosity since I have more
    than one iMac G4 and two different models requiring different tests, I did
    not find one suitable for the iMac G4 series in any configuration.

    If there is a page at Apple Support, I missed it. More than once. But I did
    find some older and not applicable versions for much more ancient Macs.

    To find the original software packet or correct version of Apple Hardware
    Test (AHT) on disc is a search; sometimes people sell them at auction
    or they throw away these parts to the original computer entirely. Some
    of the older iMac and others had a separate CD that ran the AHT; later
    the original Install/Restore boot disc DVD had a partition with AHT on it.

    Good luck and happy computing!
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,915 points)
    If your iMac G4 is the original one from 2002, then this is what you need:


    Later iMac G4s may not work with it.

    First identify your iMac G4. Then maybe we can tell you if there is a hardware test CD out on the net for it.
  • Bill Seeley1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    It is a Power PC G4 (3.3), 1.25GHz
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,940 points)
    Here's the list and downloads for AHT...

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,915 points)
    Unfortunately neither the disc I gave you, nor BDAqua's link is designated for your Mac. See these used and refurbished Mac websites*:


    - * Links to my pages may give me compensation.
  • Bill Seeley1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Wow! Amazing that Apple left these units in isolation. We had a little data corruption with Helix running in Classic and the Helix repair tech thinks it may be a hardware problem in the iMac. We are stuck with Classic and Helix for a liiiiiiittle bit longer. Thanks for all you help. Bill
  • K Shaffer Level 6 Level 6 (11,635 points)
    edit - to original poster:

    The iMac G4 1.25GHz computer shipped with the AHT on the
    original OS X installer boot DVD, and is accessible by alternate
    boot method keyboard command to run the Test only.

    Helps to know your hardware before fielding questions. Free
    database download info such as MacTracker is very good; so
    is everymac.com and find your model there.

    PS: the iMac Software Install & Restore DVD for an iMac G4
    17" 1.25GHz computer with superdrive, usb 2.0, etc should
    have part number 691-4849-A , DVD version 1.0, AHT version
    2.0.3, and shipped with OS X 10.3.2 as the OS version per
    the disc set mine came with from Apple.

    Hold Opt key to select AHT on startup; or hold C key on start
    to use Installer or other options on boot install disc.

    Good luck & happy computing!

    {edited to add disc info}
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,940 points)
    Great work/info K Shaffer!
  • Bill Seeley1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    You nailed it! It was hidden on the DVD set I had in hand. The OPTION Key start up brought it right up.
    Amazing how good it feels after the tooth is pulled. Thanks K