G4 Imac won't boot up

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bixbeats, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. bixbeats macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2007
    Hey Guys-
    I have recently acquired a G4 Imac that supposedly has hardly ever been used. I got it for running only Reason and Pro Tools 6.7. My problem: Before the computer is even done booting up, a message pops up that says "you must restart your computer by pressing the restart button or hold down the power button for several seconds." When I restart it, the same message keeps coming back up. This happens all before the desktop or log-in screen has a chance to appear, mouse not functional. Any suggestions as to how to solve this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  2. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Could be software related, i.e. something wrong with the Mac OS X installation.
    Can you get a retail version of Tiger (or the original restore CD's) to wipe the HD and reinstall the OS?

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