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    IMac G3 blue screen, nothing works

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    IMac G3 blue screen, nothing works
    I have an old imac G3, I deleted something obviously important because now when I start it, I see the grey apple logo etc, but after that it is just blue. I do not have a disk or anything, I bought it from a friend years ago. I only want to get old pictures off of there.

    I have another computer which is not a mac. I bought a firewire but have no clue if I can even access anything on the mac from a pc. I connected both but didn't see anything. I am not real computer savy so any advice would be great!

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    IMac G3 blue screen, nothing works
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    Your other computer, I'm going to assume is Windows. Windows can't read the filesystem that Macs use by default (HFS+). So, you can do a couple of things...

    1. (easiest) Purchase MacDrive for Windows. That ought to do the trick and it should read the disk.

    2. (potentially more difficult) Download a copy of Ubuntu Linux. If I'm not mistaken, Ubuntu comes with built-in support for HFS+. You should be able to burn it to a disc, boot the PC from that disc, but do NOT install. Plug the drive in and start retrieving your files and copying over to your internal hard drive (I believe Ubuntu also has full NTFS support).

    Again, if you're not savvy with computers, option 2 will probably require a bit of tinkering and might not be a good idea.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    IMac G3 blue screen, nothing works

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    Your other computer, I'm going to assume is Windows. Windows can't read the filesystem that Macs use by default (HFS+). So, you can do a couple of things...

    1. (easiest) Purchase MacDrive for Windows. That ought to do the trick and it should read the disk.

    2. (potentially more difficult) Download a copy of Ubuntu Linux. If I'm not mistaken, Ubuntu comes with built-in support for HFS+. You should be able to burn it to a disc, boot the PC from that disc, but do NOT install. Plug the drive in and start retrieving your files and copying over to your internal hard drive (I believe Ubuntu also has full NTFS support).

    Again, if you're not savvy with computers, option 2 will probably require a bit of tinkering and might not be a good idea.
    Thanks, I am not a complete idiot with computers, but I think if I get the mac drive I can figure it out, it is not a whole other operating system is it? Is it just software? If I do that, do I just connect the fire wire and I will be able to figure it out from there?

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    IMac G3 blue screen, nothing works
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    Quote Originally Posted by milew666 View Post
    Thanks, I am not a complete idiot with computers, but I think if I get the mac drive I can figure it out, it is not a whole other operating system is it? Is it just software? If I do that, do I just connect the fire wire and I will be able to figure it out from there?
    That's right - check out the link I posted above. MacDrive is just a program for Windows that adds the missing capabilities. I have not personally used it, but I've heard from others who have and it sounds as though it's very straightforward.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    IMac G3 blue screen, nothing works

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    That's right - check out the link I posted above. MacDrive is just a program for Windows that adds the missing capabilities. I have not personally used it, but I've heard from others who have and it sounds as though it's very straightforward.
    Thanks! I appreciate it.

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    IMac G3 blue screen, nothing works
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    Quote Originally Posted by milew666 View Post
    Thanks! I appreciate it.
    No problem. Do let us know how you make out!
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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