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Wow, unexpectidly this morning I was Given a MINT condition iMac G3, I'm so happy, it is in working order but there is a problem, when I turn it on, it powers up, and then shows a picture of a folder, the macintosh face and a ? flashing up, its like it's saying a folder is missing, I assume that it doesnt have a OS installed on it, but there is nothing I can do to get passed it, any ideas?
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Hi there MCH
You assumed right. It cant find the Boot OS on the machine.
Try booting up in SafeMode and see what you come up with .....
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If not look at AppleSupport and they have a cpl of resolutions for you ...

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so if I buy a OS Tiger, and put it in the slot loading, to install it, should it resolve the problem?!
Thanks for your reply.
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That doesn't automatically mean you have no OS, it could just be that it can't find the start up disc.
However without knowing if it does at all this could be tricky, because chances are it'll have 9.2 on it.
As that predates my knowledge I will default to someone else on that issue.
In the meantime you could try zapping the PRAM, and maybe try fsck, as that will work if it does have an OS.

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Thanks, what I think I'll do is buy Tiger, cheap online, as I have found it for a very reasonable price, I'll try booting it up, then if that doesnt work I'll try all the different options (:
Any more soloutions would be VERY helpfull (:
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Thanks, what I think I'll do is buy Tiger, cheap online, as I have found it for a very reasonable price,
Make sure they are the BLACK set of disks and not the GERY machine specific disks as they wont load onto your machine. Soo many people get caught out by this

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Thanks, what I think I'll do is buy Tiger, cheap online, as I have found it for a very reasonable price, I'll try booting it up, then if that doesnt work I'll try all the different options (:
Any more soloutions would be VERY helpfull (:
I'ld love to know where you're buying Tiger cheap online. Because here in the U.S. the appropriate install disks you need usually cost near $100 dollars.

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I have found some grey ones, ****, why wont they work? what is the difference?

Macbook Pro OS X 10.4.6 Tiger install disk on eBay (end time 04-Sep-10 20:39:27 BST)
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When in need, it could be a lot worse than $100. Not to mention, he got the thing for free.

The grey ones came with a computer in the box and will only work on that computer.
They have to be the black retail discs to work on any computer.
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I see, I have found some black ones, gonna bid for them
I WILL get this iMac Running (:
I just hope if i spend out alot for an OS that it solves my problem
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Good luck, let us know how it goes.
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I have found some grey ones, ****, why wont they work? what is the difference?
As I expected...your "cheap disks" turned out to be the grey ones. You wouldn't have been the first person to make this mistake! As already mentioned, the grey disks are model specific...and only work on the model Mac they shipped with.

If you get the "black" install disk you will be fine...but you will pay a lot more for it.

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just a quick idea, I also got a iBook G4 Today with black install discs, using panther...

would it go onto the iMac dya recon?!
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