3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 16, 2013 6:01 PM by BDAqua
dajuberthelot Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

When I open my iMac there's the loading page and then my pointer (spinning multicolor wheel) Explose and the I can't do anything...

Never openned in Mac OS X before

 

iMac G3 400 mhz, Mac OS X 10.4 (updated from OS 9.2.2 today), Firmwire updated today to 4.1.9 iMac...

 

How can I repair it ?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.4)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,335 points)

    Hello, how much RAM does it have?

     

    Tiger Requirements...

    To use Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, your Macintosh needs:

        * A PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor

        * Built-in FireWire

        * At least 256 MB of RAM (I recommend 1GB minimum)

        * DVD drive (DVD-ROM), Combo (CD-RW/DVD-ROM) or SuperDrive (DVD-R) for installation

        * At least 3 GB of free disk space; 4 GB if you install the XCode 2 Developer Tools  (I recommend 20GB minimum)

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1514

     

    Could be many things, we should start with this...

     

    "Try Disk Utility

     

    1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.

    2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at the top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)

    Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.

    3. Click the First Aid tab.

    4. Select your Mac OS X volume.

    5. Click Repair. Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."

     

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106214

     

    Then try a Safe Boot, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it completes.

     

    (Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive, & clearing cache files.)

  • dajuberthelot Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    256mb I CAN upgrade to 512 Mb Max... (Because I have two 256mb ram on my PowerMac G4)

     

    Thanks ! :) I've already done those thing... Didn't work I'm reinstalling Mac OS X at the moment...

     

     

    I'll tell you if it works !

     

    I'm going to say that is solved my question because it's a way I can tell you thks !

     

    Bye :)

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,335 points)

    It may spin a long time with only 256 MB, but if this install doesn't work...

     

      1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.

       2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at the top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)

          *Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*

       3. Click the Erase tab.

       4. Click the disclosure triangle to the left of the hard drive icon to display the names of your hard disk volumes and partitions.

       5. Select your Mac OS X volume.

       6. Highlight the drive, select Partition Tab, then Format type... MacOS Extended Journalled, select the Security Options button, choose Zero Out Data, Erase, one pass... after completion hopefully you'll be able to get a good install.