6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 8, 2012 5:44 PM by BDAqua
csx-john Level 1 (0 points)

I bought a Power mac G5 from a guy my brother knows but it seems to be running slow and I cant install 3rd party apps, is there any way of resetting it with no install disk? I am all new to Mac so any pointers would be great

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Hello John,


    You can't really reset it without an Install Disc, but to get a new admin account...


    Reset OS X Password Without an OS X CD...




    Admin Hack...




    Starts up like the first time you buy a new Mac, but after filling in all that info again, you should have access to the computer and the other Users & files will still be there... give the new User a different name than an existing one.

  • Kappy Level 10 (265,726 points)

    No. You need an installer disc in order to reinstall OS X or do an Archive and Install. You might look at this for some help:


    Kappy's Personal Suggestions for OS X Maintenance


    For disk repairs use Disk Utility.  For situations DU cannot handle the best third-party utilities are: Disk Warrior;  DW only fixes problems with the disk directory, but most disk problems are caused by directory corruption; Disk Warrior 4.x is now Intel Mac compatible. Drive Genius provides additional tools not found in Disk Warrior.  Versions 1.5.1 and later are Intel Mac compatible.


    OS X performs certain maintenance functions that are scheduled to occur on a daily, weekly, or monthly period. The maintenance scripts run in the early AM only if the computer is turned on 24/7 (no sleep.) If this isn't the case, then an excellent solution is to download and install a shareware utility such as Macaroni, JAW PseudoAnacron, or Anacron that will automate the maintenance activity regardless of whether the computer is turned off or asleep.  Dependence upon third-party utilities to run the periodic maintenance scripts was significantly reduced since Tiger.  These utilities have limited or no functionality with Snow Leopard or Lion and should not be installed.


    OS X automatically defragments files less than 20 MBs in size, so unless you have a disk full of very large files there's little need for defragmenting the hard drive. As for virus protection there are few if any such animals affecting OS X. You can protect the computer easily using the freeware Open Source virus protection software ClamXAV. Personally I would avoid most commercial anti-virus software because of their potential for causing problems. For more about malware see Macintosh Virus Guide.


    I would also recommend downloading a utility such as TinkerTool System, OnyX 2.4.3, or Cocktail 5.1.1 that you can use for periodic maintenance such as removing old log files and archives, clearing caches, etc.


    For emergency repairs install the freeware utility Applejack.  If you cannot start up in OS X, you may be able to start in single-user mode from which you can run Applejack to do a whole set of repair and maintenance routines from the command line.  Note that AppleJack 1.5 is required for Leopard. AppleJack 1.6 is compatible with Snow Leopard. There is no confirmation that this version also works with Lion.


    When you install any new system software or updates be sure to repair the hard drive and permissions beforehand. I also recommend booting into safe mode before doing system software updates.


    Get an external Firewire drive at least equal in size to the internal hard drive and make (and maintain) a bootable clone/backup. You can make a bootable clone using the Restore option of Disk Utility. You can also make and maintain clones with good backup software. My personal recommendations are (order is not significant):


    Carbon Copy Cloner

    Data Backup

    Deja Vu



    Synk Pro

    Synk Standard



    Visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQs on maintenance, optimization, virus protection, and backup and restore.


    Additional suggestions will be found in Mac Maintenance Quick Assist.


    Referenced software can be found at CNet Downloads or MacUpdate.


    Be sure you have an adequate amount of RAM installed for the number of applications you run concurrently. Be sure you leave a minimum of 10% of the hard drive's capacity as free space.


    I would also suggest:


    Boot into single-user mode.  After startup is completed you will be in command line mode and should see a prompt with a cursor positioned after it.  At the prompt enter the following then press RETURN:


    /sbin/fsck -fy


    If you receive a message that says "***** FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED *****" then re-run the command until you receive a message that says "** The volume (name_of_volume) appears to be OK."  If you re-run the command more than seven times and do not get the OK message, then the drive cannot be repaired this way. If you were successful then enter:




    and press RETURN to restart the computer.


    This may be able to repair the hard drive. I would then use do the following:


    Repair Permissions


    Open Disk Utility in the Utilities folder. After DU opens select the boot volume (usually Macintosh HD) then click on the First Aid tab in the DU main window. Click on the Repair Permissions button. Wait until the operation completes, then quit DU and return to the installer.

  • csx-john Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the info, I am having trouble with a lot of the system stuff, like the screen the mouse goes way past the top of the screen, it is sluggish and iTunes and safari crash a lot, any suggestion were I can get the 10.5 OS cheap

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    We might fix those things, but an Install Disc would be of help.


    Trouble is Apple no longer sells it, check eBay & such for the Retail version, not the Gray Discs...


  • csx-john Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried your post on resting the admin password Nd it tells me after line no such directory

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Which line, spaces are important and hard to see?