Help. Cannot Reinstal OS to iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by aerlenbach, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. aerlenbach
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    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 :apple: 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.
    thanks
     
  2. dfine1966
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  3. con0095
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    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.
     
  4. DewGuy1999
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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?
     
  5. aerlenbach
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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.
     
  6. wangkom
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    Glad you got it figured out
     

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