iMac G4 stuck on Grey Startup Screen with ?

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  1. dacoops3 macrumors newbie

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    Was trying to do a factory restore from the OS X disc.

    The OS X start up disc is in the disc tray. Rebooted the machine and I am getting a grey screen with a blinking question mark logo. The cd won't eject.

    Tried the openware software to eject and the response was "cd can't eject"

    Tried rebooting holding down mouse button - no luck

    Please help...thank you so much in advance!
     
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  3. dacoops3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Unfortunately, this didn't seem to work. Is there anything else I can try?
     
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    I'm thinking it won't eject the CD, because it's trying to boot from it.

    Did you try zapping the PRAM? If not, while booting hold down the Command-Option-P-R keys until you hear the startup chime 3-4 times, then let the keys up and it should continue booting.
     
  5. dacoops3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Once again, thank you for the replies. Unfortunately, zapping the PRAM didn't work either? Is there anything else I can try? Thanks again for all of the help!
     
  6. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    If you want to get the disc out you could this method:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=9038539


    The folder with a question mark at startup means that it can't find a system file to boot from. I don't know why the OS X disc would do that unless it was the wrong one for the iMac.
     
  7. dacoops3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here is where I'm at:

    Disc is out via the shaved chopstick gear idea (thanks!). Now i assume i need to reload OS X (?).

    I am still getting the grey ? screen and do not have any command from the keyboard. The only way the keyboard is active is booting into the openware.

    I rebooted holding down option key and it took me to a blue screen with a curved arrow and a right arrow (plus a small winding clock in upper left). This was the screen I had before I shut it down and rebooted with a loss of command to the cd drive.

    Any more help is appreciated...you guys are great. Thanks in advance!
     
  8. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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  9. teleromeo macrumors 65816

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    If you have another mac and a firewire cable you can try target mode. Hold the 't' key while starting op, your mac schould act as an external hard disk now.
     

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