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I have bought a 2nd hand imac and wish to transfer the contents of a G4 using Migration Assistant. I have been asked for the name and password of the administrator user. I have lost this information. Can anyone tell me how to find it again please
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Which machine are you looking for the name and password? You should have it for the G4, and your new to you iMac should have a clean install to start from.

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Contact the original owner and get the information from them. That's the easiest solution.

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I'm transferring from G4 to Imac and the panel requesting administrator user and password has opened on the G4. I have had the machine for ages and have completely forgotten where I wrote the information.
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Can't contact original owner as he has died
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What are you transferring over that requires the administrator's password? That seems unnecessary unless you're moving content from an odd location.

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I'm transferring everything
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How are you connecting the 2 macs? FireWire is the only way with a G4. Or try Ethernet or wifi.

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What do you mean by everything? Most of the relevant content should be transferrable without having to enter admin credentials.

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I have solved my access problems and have my original G4 running Tiger (10.4.11) linked to my new Imac running 10.9 via a firewire cable. The Imac will not accept the arrangement although it sees the G4. This upgrade after all the trouble free years I have enjoyed with my mac will be the death of me.
I want to transfer all my applications and files from the G4 to the Imac without a dialogue box constantly telling me sorry you can't do that.
Can anyone give me an idiots guide please?
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You will need to put the G4 into TDM OS X Lion: Transfer files between two computers using target disk mode.

Important note - your G4 software is no longer supported under OS X before you transfer go into System Profiler or System Information in Applications > Utilities. In the left column select Applications and let it populate the window. PowerPC and Classic are no longer supported under OS 10.7 and above.

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I don't think I can do "Lion" which is why I want to upgrade in the first place. Here is the spec of my current Mac:
Hardware Overview:

Machine Name: Power Mac G4
Machine Model: PowerMac3,6
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (3.3)
Number Of CPUs: 1
CPU Speed: 1 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 256 KB
L3 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB
Memory: 768 MB
Bus Speed: 133 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.4.8f2
Serial Number: CK239H9JNLP

Why is nothing that easy?

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There are a couple of different PowerMac G4 machines with the model identifier 3.6. You won't be able to run Lion on any of these machines. The latest OS they can run is Leopard. System requirements here.

Be aware that Leopard is not exactly cheap given its age. A quick check of eBay indicates that it's selling for between $50 - $100.00. US. Don't waste your money on the Gray label versions of this disc often sold on eBay. They won't work unless they are from the same model Mac as yours. The disc you would need is black and purple with a large X on it.

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OK so now I'm even more confused. Are you saying that I can run Leopard on my Mac (do you need further info to help you answer that? - if so please ask and I'll try to find out)
If I can run Leopard will that enable me to transfer everything to my new Imac and if so How do I do it?
Forgive my ignorance - I just use it and what goes on under the bonnet is magic.
Furthermore I'm way too old to learn new tricks.
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