Old Old IMac blue screen. Need help please

Discussion in 'iMac' started by milew66, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. milew66 macrumors newbie

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    Okay, I had/have an old imac, one of the big boxy all in ones. Before I really knew anything about what to do and what not to do with computers, I deleted something that obviously was needed in order for the mac to run. Now, when I turn it on, the screen is blue. No codes, letters...nothing. I still have pictures/videos on there I would like to get off, but am unsure how to get to them without having to take it to a store. I tried to safe boot it (f8) but am not sure if that is how you do that with a mac.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Is it an iMac G3, G4 or G5?
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    Does that iMac have the FW400 6-pin port (, the one in the middle of the top row called ports)?
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    If that is the case, you could try Target Disk Mode with another Mac and Firewire or with a Windows or Linux PC and Firewire and MacDrive for Windows to be able to read the files.

    If you also have any kind of grey Restore CD for that Mac, tell us what is written on it.
    They look like this:
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  3. milew66 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It is the 1st one G3, I bought it off of a friend years ago and I have no disk. I was just deleting stuff one day and must have deleted something relevant. I really do not want to take it to a store and pay anything, I just figured there was a way I could get to the pictures and whatnot. Any sequence of keys I could hit or anyting?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    That is why I asked if you can find any Firewire port on that iMac. If you have, and have access to another computer with Firewire you can use the already mentioned Target Disk Mode.
    Did the operating system on it look more like this (1) or that (2/3):
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    The below steps are for Macs with Mac OS X:
     
  5. milew66 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Unfortunatley I do not have any firewires. When I start it in safe boot, it will say prepareing in safe boot, or something like that, then that is when it just goes blue.
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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  7. milew66 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Honestly, I am not familiar with computers and apologize if I am annoying you. All I know is that it had safari, I have no clue about the operating system. Is there any type of free disk I can download to reinstall an operating system?
     
  8. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    He posted some screenshots of the OS. He's just asking if you could take a look at the pictures and tell us which screenshot looks familiar.

    I'm in a similar situation: i bought a G3 imac a few years ago, but it didn't come with any disks. I'd love to know if you find a way to get a system restore disk, because i'll do the same.

    Good luck!!!
     

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