Rev. D iMac boots to Open Firmware

usclaneyj

macrumors regular
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May 1, 2005
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Recently acquired a 333Mhz iMac. Bit of a nostalgia buy, really.

Anyway, it won't boot straight up. It boots to Open Firmware with this text on screen:

bootr, unknown word
Failed to boot
Apple iMac Open Firmware 3.0.f10 built on 03/05/99 at 21:14PM
Copyright 1994-1998 Apple Computer, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
ok
0 >


I reset PRAM via apple+option+p+r AND reset NVRAM via reset-nvram, reset-all.. Still boots to Open Firmware screen.

Has 10.2.8 on it.

Any ideas on what's going on here? Thanks in advance.
 

Sun Baked

macrumors G5
May 19, 2002
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Don't know... but...

Somebody may have deleted a file, or changed the name of a file needed to boot the OS.
 

iMeowbot

macrumors G3
Aug 30, 2003
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At the Open Firmware prompt, try
Code:
set-defaults
reset-all
... and see if that gets you back to normal.
 

usclaneyj

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May 1, 2005
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no dice. same thing..

i think my firmware may not be correct. apple page says it should say "3.0.f3". Mine says "3.0.f10"

Interestingly enough, all the firmware updates that I have been able to find for a rev. D iMac are only executable from OS 9, which I don't have.

Does anyone know whether or not I'm headed in the right path?
 

iMeowbot

macrumors G3
Aug 30, 2003
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Yeah, it could very well be a firmware mismatch. Do you have (or can you get) the original CDs that came with that machine so that you can clean things up?
 

usclaneyj

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May 1, 2005
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boot-mac works. Just hate to think that I'm gonna have to "manually" boot that iMac every time I restart it.

iMeowbot, I can't get the cds. The poor iMac was used and abused and not cared about until I got it. They didn't keep any of their Software Restore or Install discs or anything really.
 

iMeowbot

macrumors G3
Aug 30, 2003
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boot-mac and not mac-boot? You can try setenv boot-command boot-mac (or mac-boot if that was a typo) and see if it remembers it, but I wouldn't get my hopes up.