Major crash-need help!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Mike50, Dec 16, 2006.

  1. Mike50 macrumors newbie

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    Hello again. My iMac—G3-333, OS 9.1.4, crashed when I tried to upgrade to OS 9.2.

    For a long time now, a couple of times a month a message has shown up on my desktop saying that upgrades have been found and do I want to install them. I finally thought, Okay, I'll do it. I started the download process, which took about an hour and a half because of the dial-up, and when it was finished I clicked the "install" box, and that was it. Just a gray screen with the Picasso smiling guy.

    The restart with a paper clip trick didn't work. The on/off buttons didn't work so I unplugged the machine and started it up again, to a blank gray screen—no Picasso guy. I unplugged it again and started it up from the OS 9 cd and the Macintosh Harddrive was on top of the trash can. The files in the hard drive seem to be intact, but none of the applications will launch.

    I hope I'm wrong, and that this is not as big a problem as it looks like, but from what I've read in iMac For Dummies, it looks like I might need to do a clean install of OS 9, which of course I'd rather not do if there's a way to get back to the way it was. If the clean install is the only recourse, can I get some files out of there first?
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    The fix for applications which won't launch may be as simple as repairing the Desktop.
     
  3. Mike50 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That might be. But after startup, there's no desktop to repair.

    Can you be more specific and point me in the right direction?
     

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