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Old Jun 1, 2011, 06:52 PM   #1
aerlenbach
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Unhappy Help. Cannot Reinstal OS to iMac

So I did something stupid...
I took an old iMac from 2005ish? out of my mother's storage room at her office to try and give it a new life.
So I take it home, turn it on, and start messing around with it. It's got a lot of old files and stuff that isn't needed, so I start throwing stuff away. After a few minutes it starts running really slow and isn't responding. So I restart it. Then the all-knowing "you effed up" screen pops up. As in...
panic(cpu 0): inable to find driver for this platform "PowerMac8,1".
And a bunch of other crap.
I clearly threw away something important, and now the software needs to be reinstalled. Easy, right?
So I find the disks for Panther. All 3 of them. And I look in the internet on how to do it because I've never tried to reinstall the OS on a computer before.
The first site I looked to said to put the disk in, restart, and hold "D"
I do that. It looks like it's working, it sees the disk, I click it, long story short, it doesn't work.
So I look on a few more pages, and they're all telling me to restart while pressing "C". Okay.
So I do that, it says to wait for an and a rotating gear. The apple comes, but the gear never comes. I looks as if the apple shifts to the right, and gets cut off a little bit, but after that, nothing happens. I try restarting with C a few more times, and the same result. Then I think "hmmm... D started to work before sort of, why not try that again?" So I try it while pushing D, and as it turns on, it makes the most Horrifying noise I've ever heard come from a computer, and then shows the "panic(cpu 0):" screen again. So now Idk wtf to do.
Any suggestions would be lovely.
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Old Jun 1, 2011, 07:41 PM   #2
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Try this link to Apple's own help page for reinstalling Panther with upgrade disk. Hope this helps.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2957

If this doesn't work search the main page for Panther.


http://www.apple.com/support/panther/
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Old Jun 2, 2011, 11:56 AM   #3
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Exclamation help is on its way

i heard that you should restart it normaly and a screen would pop up asking what you wanted to do with the disk. click boot to disk and that is all.

........i think.
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Old Jun 2, 2011, 11:25 PM   #4
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According to EveryMac.com the shipping OS on that iMac is OS X 10.3.5 (Panther), what version are the Panther discs you're using?
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Old Jun 7, 2011, 12:32 AM   #5
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I took the computer to the Apple Store, and they said I deleted a system file that was so important, that their disks could not be read by my computer because my computer could not understand them.
Crap.
So I called Apple Care, and they're sending me the right disk. Turns out it was actually running Tiger.
Thanks for your help though guys.
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Old Jun 7, 2011, 01:51 AM   #6
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I took the computer to the Apple Store, and they said I deleted a system file that was so important, that their disks could not be read by my computer because my computer could not understand them.
Crap.
So I called Apple Care, and they're sending me the right disk. Turns out it was actually running Tiger.
Thanks for your help though guys.
Glad you got it figured out
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