1576 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 25, 2006 2:46 PM by Langdon
Just a thought. Your notes indicate that you have an "Imac (power Pc g3) Mac OS 9.2.x". School districts buy them in bulk and typically have a cupboard full of the install CDs. When they get rid of the computers, they forget to give away the CDs with the machine. So, there are lots of install CDs out there. If you are seriously into tinkering with computers of all makes and models, you will want the full retail version of which Grant speaks. However, if this is your first exposure to a Mac, you can save yourself some money by getting one of those orange disks for free or at a reduced rate. The point is to not spend money on eBay on an install CD that does not match your machine. A full retail CD means that you do not have to be careful in purchasing a match to your model computer.
Restoring your computer to factory settings means that you also need to pay attention to updates that have been added that you are now about to erase.
Another thought to consider is how to backup your data. Reinstalling the original software will not get rid of the prior owner's data. Nor will having the factory CD give you a way to restore your data. Having a CD burner will allow you to back up your system and data from your hard drive. Chances are that you do not have a burner built-in but it is worth checking Apple System Profiler on your computer, look under 'devices.' to see what you have.
If you really want a clean slate, you will want to initialize the drive - wipe it clean - and start over. This can be done by starting the computer from the CD and then the hard drive can be erased.
Post back with more details or questions.
I'm not sure which factory settings you want to restore. Erasing the HD & reinstalling the System files and applications would be the most comprehensive way. However, since you didn't get the Mac's software install CDs, another means can be used. It will restore many, but probably not all settings.
First, reset the Mac's CUDA. See Mac PRAM, NVRAM, CUDA/PMU & Battery Tutorial
Second, trash the following Preference files & reboot.
Third, review the individual Preference files in the System/Preference folder. Trash any that you want to (Mouse, monitor, Display, TCP/IP, etc.) & reboot.
Don't worry about trashing Preference files, as new (default) ones will be created.
Glad you have an external drive.
Keep in mind that you can burn a CD with what I call a 'Poloroid Picture' of your system with all your printer drivers and preferences. Toast will let you make it a bootable copy so if your hard drive dies, you can 'get back to yesterday' without reinstalling all your software from scratch.