PROBLEM!!! Unable to boot from cd

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  1. andrewfizzle macrumors newbie

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    I bought an ibook g4 off ebay and when i turn it on it goes straight to a School district LOGIN. with the options sleep restart turn off or login.

    i bought the mac os 9 and the new tiger os.

    i put the cd in and hold down the C button and it still goes to the login.

    plz help.
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Likely they installed a firmware password.

    OS 9 should work under classic, but it will never boot under OS 9 -- only SDR machines boot OS 9, unless it's a PowerMac without FW800.
     
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  4. liketom macrumors 601

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    thats a new one on me , can I install a password on firmware ? case my powerbook get's nicked like?
     
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  7. liketom macrumors 601

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    contact your seller and ask him/her for the instructions of how to remove it
     
  8. andrewfizzle thread starter macrumors newbie

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    tried that

    i tryed that the dude was from ebay. Hes not answering my emails.
     
  9. liketom macrumors 601

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    begs the question was it stolen! wait a bit longer and if no response grab his details from ebay and call him
     
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    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106482

    that tells you how to fix it back

     
  11. andrewfizzle thread starter macrumors newbie

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    you still need the pw

    you still need the pw to reset it. thats the problem... i cant start up with the C , S or apple s keys . am i completly screwed?
     
  12. liketom macrumors 601

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    still sounds iffy to me - contact your seller and get answers
     
  13. yenko macrumors 6502a

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    Does the iBook have a DVD drive?
     
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  15. eva01 macrumors 601

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    well it says if you can get inside the computer itself you can reset it. So i guess there is some sort of button inside of the iBook (i assume)
     
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  17. liketom macrumors 601

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    like a batt backup reset button? just the same as bios password i'm thinking and they are a problem to get by without calling the manufacturer with the details - then they give you a code to unlock
     
  18. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    It's not a OS 9 capable machine, which is usually an easy route around most problems.

    Can't remember how to get around it otherwise.

    Would be one of the first things a business/school should set -- to help make the data harder to get at.
     
  19. andrewfizzle thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hmm ok

    so i should unscrew the pc and look for a button?
     
  20. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Nope, not something to take apart unless you know what you are doing.

    Wait awhile, somebody may have an idea how to disable the firmware password or get in the machine otherwise.
     
  21. eva01 macrumors 601

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    Could try bringing it to an apple certified repair center, see if they could help
     
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    Do a search on here for OF openfirmware etc.Somebody mentioned a way to reset OF,if I remember rightly it involved yanking the ram, replacing it and rebooting a few times.Never tried myself but worth a go.
     
  25. andrewfizzle thread starter macrumors newbie

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    reset firmware

    How can i reset my firmware password. I cannot boot from cd with the C key.

    it goes straight to a company login.

    anyway to reset from removing the ram or any ideas?
     

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