Imac G4 "option Key"

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by moneyaffiliated, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. moneyaffiliated macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone : ) I am new to this forum I just purchased my first ever Imac it's a G4 Model. 800mhz with a 80 gig hard drive I think it's the 17"inch for $30.

    Well I am all excited to turn it on and use it then I get a grey screen with a folder with icons blinking in the inside. : (

    The CD drive keeps on popping out also I push it in then 3 seconds later it pops right out.

    I then restarted the Imac and pushed down the "option" key and it took me to another screen with a refresh icon and a right arrow icon.

    Any ideas on how to get this bad boy up and running? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

    TEG

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    You are going to need a System Disc to put into the CD/DVD Drive. You will likely be able to run 10.4 or 10.5. Once inserted, hold the C key while it is booting, then go through the installation process, then you should be all set. Then again, it may not even have a hard drive, which you will need to have installed to be able to install the OS.

    TEG
     
  3. tersono macrumors 68000

    tersono

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    Your computer can't find an operating system installed. Either the drive has been wiped and you need to re-install OS X or you may have a problem with the drive itself.

    Try booting from a sytem disk. OS X 10.4 is the latest that system will run (at least without hacking it around a bit).
     
  4. Winni macrumors 68030

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    Technically, 10.5 Leopard will also work on this machine, but it will be crawling instead of running. I had to remove it from my wife's 17" iMac G4 1 GHz 1 GB RAM because it was unbearably slow (even as a fresh installation). 10.5 Leopard really was Apple's "Vista".
     

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