imac G3 boot problem

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Henry001, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. Henry001 macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,
    I bought an iMac G3, created a new admin account, and deleted the original admin account. Computer hangs with "init: can't exec /bin/sh for single user: No such file or directory"

    I have a red OS9 CD, but the imac won't boot from the CD.

    Tried option-ctrl-O-F, nvram-delete, [set-default hangs], and reset-all.

    Any advice for me to try?

    Thanks, Henry.
     
  2. zaney macrumors regular

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    I recently got an iMac G3 too, although I can't say I've seen this problem. I've had a few times where it wouldn't boot from the cd, and it turned out that a harddrive I'd just installed was somehow conflicting with the CD drive.

    Have you got a CD version of OS X to try booting from? Or even System 7, which I seem to recall is now available for free (not to install obviously, but just to check that it will boot).

    EDIT: Looking at your error again, it says theres no such file as /bin/sh. Which, frankly, is a pretty serious problem if your shell has gone walkies. I can see why it would have gone though, just from changing accounts.
     
  3. Henry001 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Zaney. Based on my experience with PC's, I'm probably headed to a Mac service guy, as I can't figure how to boot from CD.
     
  4. zaney macrumors regular

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    Just hold down C on the keyboard as you turn it on.
     

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