Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Dec 28, 2007
    Posts
    3
    Locked Out of My eMac (not iMac)
    I have a 5.5 year old eMac running OS 10.3 and the screen (CRT) is finally blown. When I turn on the computer there is a bright flash, a pop and then black. I think everything else is fine because I hear the HD chug when I try to log in. I just can't see anything. I am not too upset about this since it is 5.5 yrs old and I have since upgraded but I would like to get the data off the HD.

    Here's the rub. It appears to only have a mini-DVI IN and my firewall is up so no filesharing, ssh, ftp, remote desktop, etc. I can't turn any of these services on because I can't see.

    Are there any hotkeys or siteless steps to turn any services on? Are there other display options that I am not aware of? I have the OS disc. ANY!!! ideas are welcome. If not, I suppose I can just remove the HD and buy connections to mount it on a Linux box. Pity.

    Thanks.

  2. #2

    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    21,184
    Specs:
    27" 5K iMac, 3.3GHz, 256GB Flash Storge, 16GB memory and OS X.11.3.
    According to this Apple paper, the eMac connection to an external display is a mini VGA which requires a VGA display adapter.

    Here is the topic:-

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=88428

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Dec 28, 2007
    Posts
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    According to this Apple paper, the eMac connection to an external display is a mini VGA which requires a VGA display adapter.

    Here is the topic:-

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=88428
    There seems to be no way to win. I hooked up the mini-vga to a crt and the crt says that frequency output from my eMac is out of range and I need to try another resolution. Well I can't change the resolution because I don't have a freakin' monitor!!

  4. #4


    Member Since
    Mar 30, 2004
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    4,744
    Specs:
    12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)

  5. #5
    MacHeadCase
    Guest
    If you heard electrical noises just prior to the black-out, it could be the analog board that died. I had read somewhere that the eMacs, at least in the first generations, inherited the same analog boards from the old G3 iMacs and that some of them were weak.

    Since the verification of the analog board is part of the eMac's startup process, it won't boot because one of its essential components doesn't respond. But let's hope I am wrong because getting the analog board changed can be quite expensive.

  6. #6

    louishen's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2007
    Location
    London
    Posts
    8,968
    Specs:
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    What have you upgraded to, we don't know what your other mac is

    if it is just the display that has fried you can make the emac a firewire disk and access it, assuming you have another mac to connect it to

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=58583

  7. #7


    Member Since
    Dec 28, 2007
    Posts
    3
    This is very weird. I decided to power up from the install disc hoping that the eMac would boot from the DVD instead of the hard disk if it detected the installer. It didn't but all of a sudden my display came back. I have rebooted the stupid machine ten times trying to find a solution to the lack of display problem and it's not until after try all these things that the display rights whatever weird thing was going on. Thanks for the input. I am moving off this computer to not get trapped again.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Imac locked up on me and now it won't start up again!
    By rockoperajon in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-22-2014, 06:04 PM
  2. Locked out of my Imac
    By KudraJenn in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-05-2013, 08:32 PM
  3. HELP: Locked myself out of iMac
    By sbbdc in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-23-2012, 05:06 PM
  4. Emac G4 700mhz locked partion
    By mac2011 in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-15-2011, 05:38 PM
  5. IMac running os 8.6, all icons are locked
    By counterfit in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-16-2006, 05:10 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •