Imac indigo not booting

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Idoru02, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. Idoru02 macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2009
    a neighboor in my buiding has found in the streets an imac indigo that isn't functionning and asked me to help him. Being skillfull on pc, despite I own an apple II, eons ago, I don't know anything about mac computers nowadays.

    Searching the web, I found this might be an imac G3 with cd tray loading. When powered on, a folder with a question mark shows off.. I read that this might indicate a disk failure.

    I tried powering it on with the C key down, it showed me a screen with 2 buttons: an cycling like arrow and an arrow to the right. Inserting the disk1 of panther gives me a icon in the middle of the 2 previous one with a mac osx Disc1 label. Clicking on the arrow to the right, the watch pointer revolves a bit and nothing more.

    Do you think that hard drive is broken and that prevents me to install any OS?
  2. MarkMS macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    Most likely since it was found on the street. Probably someone dropped it a few times and just didn't want fix it.
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    If you can't boot from the disk, the hard drive isn't the problem.

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