Major crash-need help!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Mike50, Dec 16, 2006.

  1. Mike50 macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2006
    Hello again. My iMac—G3-333, OS 9.1.4, crashed when I tried to upgrade to OS 9.2.

    For a long time now, a couple of times a month a message has shown up on my desktop saying that upgrades have been found and do I want to install them. I finally thought, Okay, I'll do it. I started the download process, which took about an hour and a half because of the dial-up, and when it was finished I clicked the "install" box, and that was it. Just a gray screen with the Picasso smiling guy.

    The restart with a paper clip trick didn't work. The on/off buttons didn't work so I unplugged the machine and started it up again, to a blank gray screen—no Picasso guy. I unplugged it again and started it up from the OS 9 cd and the Macintosh Harddrive was on top of the trash can. The files in the hard drive seem to be intact, but none of the applications will launch.

    I hope I'm wrong, and that this is not as big a problem as it looks like, but from what I've read in iMac For Dummies, it looks like I might need to do a clean install of OS 9, which of course I'd rather not do if there's a way to get back to the way it was. If the clean install is the only recourse, can I get some files out of there first?
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    The fix for applications which won't launch may be as simple as repairing the Desktop.
  3. Mike50 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2006
    That might be. But after startup, there's no desktop to repair.

    Can you be more specific and point me in the right direction?

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