iMac G3 needs help

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  1. porozit46 macrumors newbie

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    Dear friends, I need your help. I'm new to macs but I'm happy that my experience with macs starts from iMac G3! First off all sorry for my bad English - I'm from Ukraine, so please excuse me =)
    I have the following problem: when I start my iMac G3 it does not load. It makes a sound like "tada..." (chime) and then display becomes grey (it is started but no text is showing). If I press and hold the button on the side with a pen (i do not know how this button is called) I receive the following screen:

    [​IMG]

    Can please someone experienced person advise me what to do?

    P.S. I have the CD inserted to the drive and I can not eject it. If I type "eject cd" in this menu it is thinking for a long time and does not do anything. My mac freezes. But if I type "eject abcd" for example it say that this is unknown command.

    Thank you very much for your help!!
     
  2. WGoins88 macrumors regular

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    Well, I see the date is listed as 1904, meaning that the PRAM battery is most likely dead, which can cause odd problems. I would tell you to "Zap" the PRAM, but it won't help if the battery is dead or even missing.

    The one button on the side is a reset button, and the other is a programmer's button, which will take you into Open Firmware, which is the screen you took a picture of.

    Anyways,

    Type "mac-boot" in (minus the quotation marks) and press return. If it goes to a folder flashing the Mac OS smiley face and a question mark, there is no OS (Operating System) on it, and one needs to be installed. If it boots into the OS, then I strongly recommend replacing the PRAM battery.
     
  3. porozit46 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your advise, when I'm at home I will try it.
    Can you please also advise me what to do with CD-ROM? I inserted the disk and now I cannot extract it.
     
  4. crewkid89 macrumors regular

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    when you turn on the computer click and hold the mouse, this will eject any disc in the drive
     
  5. porozit46 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I will try this advise also and will let you know the result by posting in this thread. Thank you very much!!
     
  6. porozit46 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hello once again!
    I have tried the advises and unfortunately none of them helped:
    When I press and hold the left mouse button it does not eject the CD. I hear it spinning inside like a normal working CD (it fastens and slows down then fastens again. No scratchings, no stucks). I do not have the original MAC mouse so I connected the PC USB two-button mouse with a scroll. Hope it does not matter.
    Also I do not have mac keyboard so I connected PC USB Keyboard, just a usual usb keyboard. Hope this does not matter too :)

    When I type mac-boot it goes to the green screen and nothing happens later.
    When I hold down the 'C' key on the keyboard it does not start loading from CD also. I can suppose that the CD is bad so I want to record a 100% working installation CD but first I need to eject the one that is in the CD-ROM already.

    Please help! :(
     
  7. porozit46 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    By the way, when I type "eject cd" it starts thinking, I can't type anything... and then after 5 minutes it says: "can't OPEN the EJECT device"
    and nothing happens after that, I can type the commands again.
     
  8. porozit46, Aug 13, 2012
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    porozit46 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Guys, this can sound incredibly but I finally ejected it. You know how? I found a very small button on the face of the cd-rom and pushed it with a pen (it is not a pinhole it is a small button) and it ejected!! :)
    Now I burned the new installation CD. Can you please advise me how I can start the installation?
    Thank you.

    How to eject cd in imac G3:
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  9. LeoTheLion89 macrumors 6502

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    to install the OS press and hold the C key after you hear the chime
     
  10. porozit46 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone who participated in this thread. Hope the solutions advised here and also the solution to eject the CD physically (by pushing the eject button found) will help a lot of people who got to situation like mine.

    Now I have some ther questions and they continue in another thread:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=15454366#post15454366
    If you want to help me - please join :)

    Thanks all!
     

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