6827 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 21, 2010 5:27 AM by a brody
If you have another Mac with Firewire & a FW cable, boot this Mac into Target mode...
If the other Mac has 10.3.9 or greater installed, you can then try to repair the Hard drive in this one, as it'll look like an external Firewire drive.
Apple may still supply the original restore CDs/DVDs for a nominal fee. Have a your serial number and model information available when you call them.
AppleCare Support Phone Number: 1-800-275-2273
open 6am to 6pm Pacific Time
Apple Phone Sales 1-800-692-7753
International Technical Support Numbers
Your iMac G5 supports 10.5 retail installer which is available by calling the Apple Store online often. Other places which may have it, you have to make sure that you actually get the retail disc which looks like *
and does not say upgrade, dropin, or OEM.
The only thing about the retail installer is that it does not:
1. Include Classic.
2. Include Appleworks.
3. Include the hardware test.
4. Include the games that came with the Mac, except Chess.
5. Include iLife, except iTunes, unless you get the Mac Box Set.
You might be able to obtain the original discs from a user who has the same Mac model at a usergroup: http://www.apple.com/usergroups/
being aware of the license restrictions of the software.
Naturally you could use it to run the hardware test, or test the operating system on your Mac using the Disk Utility if it never was updated.
Note, the Disk Utility check can also be duplicated simply by using Single User Mode:
Using fsck if necessary
section applies when you don't have the original discs. This doesn't do a hardware test, but does do a rudimentary directory test and repair. For more sophisticated directory repair, go and get Alsoft Disk Warrior.
Before doing any extensive repair, be sure your data is backed up*:
- * Links to my pages may give me compensation.
Message was edited by: a brody