Need help restoring iMac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by M-5, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. M-5 macrumors 65816

    M-5

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    So my mom just bought an iMac from her friend's mother, and I'm trying to restore it to factory settings using the Installation disks that came with my MacBook Pro. I just inserted the discs and clicked "Install Mac OS X" and then it gives me a "Restart" button, but I cannot restart it without putting in the Password which I do not have.

    Is there another way to do this?
     
  2. M-5 thread starter macrumors 65816

    M-5

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    So I reset the password by restarting the computer and leaving "c" pressed while it booted up. But now when I clicked the "Restart" button after inserting in the disc to restore it says "Mac OS X cannot be installed on this computer" after it resets. Is it because it's not the CD that came with this computer?
     
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  4. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

    mysterytramp

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    How old's the iMac? Your mom might be better off -- as painful as it may be -- for her to use OS 9.

    mt
     
  5. M-5 thread starter macrumors 65816

    M-5

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    Well I believe the Mac is about 2 years old. But it's in really good condition. It was really dirty, but I managed to clean it all up.

    Aluminum 20" iMac
    2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    1 GB Memory 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    Build 9A3129
    226.88 GB Hard Drive Capacity

    Yes it's a little bit old, but she bought it for $500, and didn't really want to shell out the money for a brand new one. She only uses the computer for the occasional internet and spreadsheets, so it should do her great.

    I contacted the previous owner for the installation disks, but I doubt they still have them.
     

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