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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by papabill, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. papabill macrumors member

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    I just 'inherited' an older PowerMac G5, and I cannot get past the Mac OS X login screen.

    The guy who gave it to me says he had no password, but he hasn't tried to crank it for a couple of years.

    I've tried 'administrator' w/password 'administrator', but nothing happens. All it does is shake at me.

    Help!! Please!!

    Thanks
     
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  3. papabill, Mar 10, 2012
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    papabill thread starter macrumors member

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    This is a Mac OS X 10.5.4, but it has no CD player, nor floppy disc drive. And, I have no software with which to work.

    Edit: I stand corrected. It DOES have a CD (I'm just used to having a button to push to open it-I have only PCs)
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Macs don't come with floppy drives since the late 1990s.
    And that Mac has its optical disk drive (ODD) removed?

    The ODD is located at the top:
    [​IMG]

    To open it, you have to hold down the EJECT key on the keyboard.

    And if it does not have an ODD: Forgot Mac Password? How to Reset Your Mac Password (with or without CD)
     
  5. papabill thread starter macrumors member

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    Outstanding, thanks. Now since my keyboard doesn't have an EJECT key, how do I open it? How do I make it show up on the screen?
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    You can try the steps outlined here, if you don't have an Apple keyboard:
    How do you make it show up on what screen? Do you mean, how to boot from a bootable DVD or CD? Hold down the "C" key or the "OPTION" key right after startup, for a second or so.

    To learn more about Mac OS X: Helpful Information for Any Mac User by GGJstudios
     
  7. papabill thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry, I guess I don't know enough about Macs to ask an intelligent question.

    My question would be better asked as 'How do I make the CD/DVD player's presence show on the monitor.' I hope that's clearer.
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    You mean booting from it to reset the password? Then I have already posted that in my last post.
     
  9. papabill, Mar 10, 2012
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    papabill thread starter macrumors member

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    No. At the top of my monitor screen, there is a little hard drive, which I have named 'Mac', but I don't see a CD/DVD drive represented.

    Also, how do I open the thing with no EJECT button on my keyboard (it's the original keyboard and mouse)

    Edit: With trial and error, I'm beginning to figure out things. I actually found the EJECT button. Gonna keep tinkering and see what I can figure out.

    Thanks
     
  10. simsaladimbamba, Mar 10, 2012
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    simsaladimbamba

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    You mean when booted into Mac OS X?
    Finder > Preferences > General > Show these items on the Desktop
    [​IMG]
    There is also the Sidebar preferences, where you can select to show CDs and DVDs.
    [​IMG]

    If the DVD shows up in the Sidebar, then there is an EJECT icon.
    If it shows up on the Desktop: CMD+E or right-click > Eject or drag to the Trash icon in the Dock.

    If it shows up nowhere, check Disk Utility.

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    Links to guides on how to use Disk Utility, the application Mac OS X provides for managing internal and external HDD/SSDs and its formats.
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    If it is the original white keyboard, that came with the PowerMac G5 (image clickable for bigger version):
    [​IMG]


    PS: Here is the PowerMac User Guide.
     
  11. papabill thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you so much. I feel like a TOTAL dummy asking all these basic questions, but being a PC DOS baby, all I've had is PCs. I'm trying to "break into" Macs (now I have a G4, and old iMac, and now a G5.) But I know SO LITTLE.

    I appreciate your help and your patience.
     

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