11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 21, 2011 10:11 AM by abbyh
abbyh Level 1 (0 points)

I have an imac g4. It has Mac OS X 10.4.11; 800 mHz; Memory-768MB SDRAM.


When I try to load photos into iphoto the program will crash. I've sent in numerous crash reports. Then I get a message telling me my startup disk is full. I bought this mac off a friend who no longer has the install disc.  I thought that I could reinstall the program and go from there. What should I do?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • MGW Level 7 (27,025 points)

    You can call Apple Customer Relations 800-767-2775 - give them the serial  which you can find in the Menu bar under the  in About This Mac.






  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,365 points)
    Then I get a message telling me my startup disk is full.

    In order to install any software at this point will require freeing up space on the startup disk.


    Right or control click the MacintoshHD icon. Click Get Info. In the Get Info window you will see Capacity and Available. Make sure you have a minimum of 15% free disk space.



    Freeing space on your Mac OS X startup disk

  • abbyh Level 1 (0 points)

    I shall do so after I delete old files and such. Thanks!

  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 (57,297 points)

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305454  Mac OS X 10.4: FileVault - "There isn't enough space on your hard disk..." alert















  • abbyh Level 1 (0 points)

    I did do a lot on the list that was sent to me: empty trash (on desktop & iphoto), removed localization files, deleted old iTunes backups, and I think I uninstalled Mac OS9. I can't archive and reinstall since I don't have the disk but my memory is now up to  22.26 GB


    I have Omnisweeper set up on my computer but I'm not sure what files I should be able to delete and which ones should stay indefinitely.   Would someone be able to elaborate on that for me?

  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 (57,297 points)
    but my memory is now up to  22.26 GB


    It's not memory.  It's your hard drive space that is up.


    I have Omnisweeper set up on my computer but I'm not sure what files I should be able to delete and which ones should stay indefinitely.   Would someone be able to elaborate on that for me?

    Not unless we can come over to your house, peep over your shoulder to see what Omnisweeper is showing.   Can you post a screen shot?


    A few more tips:

    Empty the trash!


    Open up your application folder & go through all your apps.  Trash all the apps you no longer want and/or use.


    An easier way to do this is to open the Application folder in list view & press the Command+j keys.

    In the the dialog that appears, click the "This Window Only" button & the "Calculate All Sizes" check box.

    Wait a bit until your file & folder sizes have all been calculated, then click the "Size" column to sort your apps from the fattest to the most anorexic.


    Get rid of all your photo files you don't want and/or need.  Same goes for those pics off the websites you downloaded (gifs, jpegs, etc.).  Or transfer/move them all to a photo/movie storage site like ImageShack and Photobucket, 2 of the most popular FREE storage sites.


    Get rid of all your music files you no longer listen too.  Especially, if you already have the actual CD/DVDs or you can later redownload from a website.  Or transfer them all to a FREE music storage site.


    Use Spotlight to make sure you got rid of everything.  You can even trash directly from Spotlight!


    Drag what you don't want and/or need to the trash.  Better yet, download this neat little shareware app *demo* called AppZapper.  It basically does all the work for you by not only trashing the apps but the apps preference files, caches & all its associated files.


    Another software that does the above is AppDelete.  Best of all this software is free!


    Burn what you want and/or need onto CDs or DVDs. Not everyone has the  luxury of purchasing an external HD and/or Mobile accounts to store their "stuff.”


    You can check with your ISP to see if they offer *free* storage space.  Most if not all do now-a-days.   There are thousands if not millions of *free* storage facilities on the web also.  Use your favorite search engine to search them out as they come in different storage sizes to fit your needs & wants.


    Check for duplicate fonts.

    Applications>Font Book

    Select “All Fonts”

    If you see any “black dots” next to any fonts this mean you have duplicates and/or multiple versions of these fonts.


    To clean this up, select a “black dotted” font or the Apple + *click* to select multiple dotted fonts;


    What the above does is turns off the duplicates & multiple version fonts.  Not delete them.

    More than likely the “extras” were installed by other programs and/or other users.


    Clear out font caches

    Use FontNuke.  It does all the work for you.  And, best of all it’s *FREE*.


    Printer Drivers

    Get rid of all the printer drivers you don’t need & use except the ones for your *current* printer(s)/scanner(s).

    HD>Library>Printers Folder

    If you accidently threw something out that you needed for your printer/scanner it can be easily obtained from the manufacturer’s website and/or from the CD that came w/the printer/scanner.


    Garage Band

    Has about 1GB of loops stored.  Get rid of some some them.  You surely don’t use, like and/or need them all.

    HD>Library>Audio/Apple Loops>Apple>Apple Loops For GarageBand

    Or just get rid of the Garage Band app altogether if you don’t use it.


    Get rid of extra languages

    Strip your computer down to your “native” tongue.

    You can do this with a *FREE* utility called Monolingual.  Another app that apparently does all the work for you.  I’ve never used it.  However, a lot of users here swear by & recommend it highly.

    However, there is a warning for *native English speakers* Make sure you keep BOTH English and English (United States).


    Other Resources:


    HD Space Checkers:

    Disk Inventory X (FREE)


    WhatSize (SHAREWARE)


    OmniDiskSweeper (FREE)


    GrandPerspective (FREE - donation)


    Slimming your hard drive


    Rule of thumb: You should never let your hard drive get to where you have only 10-15% of space left.
















  • abbyh Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much BabyBoomer! As you can tell I'm a mac-virgin but you explain things well and clearly and I appreciate it


    I managed to get another GB on my harddrive (thanks for teaching me correct lingo too). I'm still working with a few font apps to minimize my languages - monolingual worked really well but i'm trying out Font nuke at the moment. I've emptied my trash, deleted unused apps, all my photos and music are on my external HD and deleted printer drivers.


    I couldn't use some of the apps you suggested since I'm running 10.4 however what you've suggested has been extremely helpful! Thank you again.


  • abbyh Level 1 (0 points)

    I did forget to ask - how do you do a screenshot if I wanted to show what Omnisweeper was revealing to me?

  • abbyh Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Carolyn! I used a lot of your suggestions and a few off the link. My Mac is much happier.

  • MGW Level 7 (27,025 points)

    For a screen shot use Shift Command 4      The shot will be on your desktop labeled with the time you took it.










  • abbyh Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm using Omnisweeper but as I stated I'm unsure of what to get rid of. However, I have learned how to take a screenshot.  Just a little background, my external HD is labeled as "Left Brain." Under "Volumes" there are 3 versions listed - how did that happen? I think it happened when I rebuilt my library but how can I consolidate it when it shows its saved under different ex HDs? I only have one external HD. I'll share the screen shots below. I did try to delete LB2 since it has 0 bytes but the program warned me against doing so, so I didn't.


    Column 1.pngLB.png