Imac indigo not booting

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

  1. Idoru02 macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    If you can't boot from the disk, the hard drive isn't the problem.
     

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