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Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

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Hey guys just recently joined up here.

I came into ownership of a non functional G5 iMac a couple weeks ago and am looking to get it going so I can learn more about how it all works.

Doing some searching around here hopefully I'll be able to join you all!

However, I can't exactly say I'll be a switcher, but I'll swing for both teams... er... that didn't sound right.

Welp, seeya later!
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Welcome! You'll have a lot of fun working on it - fixing a broken Mac was how I got started. To get you going, stop by ifixit.com - they have all sorts of manuals and videos on taking Macs apart and repairing them. Their parts prices are a bit steep, but they're a good place to start.
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Do you have an OSX installation disc for it? Which version?
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Yes I do have an install disc for it. The version? I'm really not sure. The computer was purchased early 06 I believe? I don't have them in hand so I'm really not sure.

Will runnin the installation discs complete wipe the hard drive? There is some potentially important stuff on there I may need to salvage for the people who used to own it.
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No, installing the OS will not affect files that are properly saved outside of the System Folder. (I'm assuming OS9 here.) You can even do an installation that will save a Previous System Folder, which you can scrap after you scavenge it for things to keep.
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Yes I do have an install disc for it. The version? I'm really not sure. The computer was purchased early 06 I believe? I don't have them in hand so I'm really not sure.

Will runnin the installation discs complete wipe the hard drive? There is some potentially important stuff on there I may need to salvage for the people who used to own it.
You can go to the store and get SL for $30. It wont wipe anything out and if it didn't fix your problems, it wouldn't hurt to have when you get the computer up-and-running.

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You can go to the store and get SL for $30. It wont wipe anything out and if it didn't fix your problems, it wouldn't hurt to have when you get the computer up-and-running.

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Snow Leopard is not compatible with PPC's, only Intel based Macs. He said he had a G5 iMac, therefore it is a PPC based Mac.

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Snow Leopard is not compatible with PPC's, only Intel based Macs. He said he had a G5 iMac, therefore it is a PPC based Mac.
Doh! forgot about that PPC thing. Before my time.

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I will definitely explore those options when I get to that point. Before it went to MacOutfitters it booted but didn't go anywhere past a screen similar to a PC's DOS.

Since then all I get when I plug in is a slow blinking power light on the front and nothing, so I'm kinda in the dark and don't wanna start throwing parts, I was thinking a power supply and go from there.
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