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Hi,

I'm a bit new to all this Mac stuff but have tinkered around with computers for a few years now and have had a 24" iMac for the last year that has been alot of fun.

Anyway, my other half (Graphic Designer) bought me home a Sage iMac G3 the other day that her company were throwing out. (I love the design of them).

I wanted to try and set it up for the kids to use (and also for me to have a play with as well).

It is running OS9.2 but the main problem is that when it boots up it has two usernames (people that have long since left work) and we dont know the passwords for either of them.

Until i can get past this point then i have no idea about any more of the spec of the machine or what else i can do with it - i.e. maybe upgrade to Tiger.

Can anyone help - i have no idea where to start and at the moment it is a rather cumbersome door stop.

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Gappage.

Apologies if i have this thread in the wrong place - not sure where to put it - is it hardware or software?
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Shame you don't know the specs. You can certainly run Tiger on some of them, depending on RAM and processor speed, but it's slow.
A better option would be to try and pick up Jaguar or Panther, usually around £25 on eBay. That would certainly get around the issue.

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So, can i buy Panther and boot directly from the CD somehow to wipe out what is there already or do i need to wipe the disk first and then install (if so then how the **** do i manage that without knowing the passwords.....?
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No your going to have to update the firmware to boot rom 4.1.9 and upgrade to OS 9.2.2 before you can install any thing OSX. Is there a guest user or just the 2 users. With out the installer disc to remove the passwords your stuck. The drive would have to be wiped and OS 9 reinstalled to do the updates. The firmware update keeps the Unix code in OSX from burning up the video chip. It may be more trouble than its worth. Its only a deal... Even if its free if you get all the software that came with the machine.
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So, can i buy Panther and boot directly from the CD?
If you do buy Panther, make sure it's the retail version (black colour). There are three CDs. Personally, I wouldn't go past Panther for a G3 iMac. Check Buy/Sell/Trade for the off-chance that someone there is selling older OS disks.

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how do i manage that without knowing the passwords.....?
Would you believe that there are hundreds of redundant computers that could be kicked into life by using the password 'admin' or 'administrator'? If you haven't already, try it. [A lot of work users just couldn't be bothered with complicated passwords that might get forgotten, so they kept it simple.]

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Also try leaving it blank and if that does not work, maybe the old 1234?
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If you keep punching in the wrong password over and over ...the machine will give you a hint as to what it is. I wouldnt go buy any OSX disc yet. You should try to get in the machine first....If you cant get in you will need an OS9 disc to clear the password.
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You do not say if the other half also bought home the Install Disks - ask her they maybe lying around somewhere. Harry or Hugh will tell us if u can use the OS 9 disk to change the password - i forget.
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Harry or Hugh will tell us if u can use the OS 9 disk to change the password - i forget.
Hey...I just told ya 2 times
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If you have access to the S 9 disc, do a erase and format of the hard drive and a clean install. Then you can access the Apple web site and download and install the Firmware Updater before installing any version of OS X. Here is a link to the updates. Download, read instructions, install, restart using the Programmers button and then proceed with your OS X install.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=75130

Do not think you can change the password under Classic (OS 9) even with the system disc.
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