imacG3 600mhz was operating OS 9.2 but then...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Dumb Bob, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. Dumb Bob macrumors newbie

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    I being a complete novice with mac was poking around and I saw a file that listed various operating systems ie. 8, 9.2, 10.something or other. I clicked on the 10. OS and now... yep! It don't work at all.
    I picked this thing up at a yard sale for 10 bucks, so I'm not out lot of bucks, but I got it for a friend that is even more computer illiterate than I (hard to believe, I know) So... is there any kind hearted soul that has some straight forward suggestions as to how I might fix it.
    Before I goofed it up, it was shutting down after about 20 min...I took the cover off and it seemed to alleviate the problem... unless I ask the computer to do something tricky.
    If you folks tell me I'm wasting my time....I WILL believe you...lol
     
  2. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    It might be helpful if you could give us more information about this "file" you clicked on. What exactly happens when you press the power button now?
     
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    What do you see when you start up the computer with the alt/option key held down? Does a Macintosh HD icon show up with the Finder (looks like a half gray/half blue smiling face)? Select it and click the arrow pointing to the right to proceed. What happens?
     

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