Resetting an iMac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Rory Manton, Dec 29, 2005.

  1. Rory Manton macrumors regular

    Rory Manton

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    I have one of those all in one imacs that looks like an old style monitor (tv) I want to reset it back to factory specs so I canget rid of all my crap thats on it so I can pass it to my kids .

    How?

    Thanks all.

    One other thing I have lost my mail account, leastways nothing is getting in> It used to get about 300 spam's a day now nothing. Any ideas ?

    Thanks again.
     
  2. osprey76 macrumors 6502

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    To "reset" the computer, just format and reload the system and applications that came with the computer. This will wipe out everything you have on there now. So, be sure you have backups of anything valuable.

    On your email account, have you checked to see if the account is full? That's a lot of spam.
     
  3. Rory Manton thread starter macrumors regular

    Rory Manton

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    Ok Thanks, but the next question is HOW? I have the disks that came with it.

    I went to wannadoo and empied my mailbox there now it works ,thanks.
     
  4. leishan macrumors 6502

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    You should be able to put the disk in and reboot. This should start the install process. Or you could use the Disk Utility to erase the drive first, then reinstall the OS.
     
  5. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    Pop the disks in the imac, reboot the computer while holding down the "C" key.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I don't think it makes a big difference, but does this Mac run OS X or System 9?
     
  7. Rory Manton thread starter macrumors regular

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