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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    Can you post the numbers there and what they say by them? I might be able to find something on what model you have.
    For which? Serial number, random numbers below, or Ethernet.

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    Okay, here I wrote down everything on the bottom of the machine.
    Serial No.: QP3081G6NHX
    1. OGHz/256RAM/80HD
    I think that's them, there may be a minor error as it was really hard to read.

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    Then it looks like it's a 1Ghz G4. I hope the RAM is more than 256MB though!

    That will run Leopard 10.5 for sure but like I said, I hope the RAM has been upgraded. But just to say this again, the Snow Leopard DVD is useless on that machine.

    Looking it up now. Will post a URL in a few.

    You never told us the size of the LCD, but it either this if it's a 17":

    http://www.lowendmac.com/imacs/17in-imac-g4-1-ghz.html

    Or this if it's a 15" LCD:

    http://www.lowendmac.com/imacs/15in-imac-g4-1-ghz.html

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    Another thing, I wonder if it's booting off the DVD or just ignoring it and booting off the Hard Drive and that is why you get the same boot error. If it's booting off the CD/DVD it will take longer.

    Another thing I am wondering if that Gray CD/DVD is the one that came with the iMac? If not you will get an error booting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    Then it looks like it's a 1Ghz G4. I hope the RAM is more than 256MB though!

    That will run Leopard 10.5 for sure but like I said, I hope the RAM has been upgraded. But just to say this again, the Snow Leopard DVD is useless on that machine.

    Looking it up now. Will post a URL in a few.

    You never told us the size of the LCD, but it either this if it's a 17":

    17" iMac G4/1 GHz

    Or this if it's a 15" LCD:

    15" iMac G4/1 GHz (USB 2.0)
    Oh heh, alright!
    Uhm, I measured it diagonally and it read 17 inches. ^-^'

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    Another thing, I wonder if it's booting off the DVD or just ignoring it and booting off the Hard Drive and that is why you get the same boot error. If it's booting off the CD/DVD it will take longer.

    Another thing I am wondering if that Gray CD/DVD is the one that came with the iMac? If not you will get an error booting.
    I'm pretty sure it is, but I'm not sure. Angelica said it came with everything she got with it except the manual. Uh, I don't know if this helps but heres the fine print on the grey disc.
    iMac
    Software Install and Restore
    Mac OS Version 10.2.3
    DVD Version 1.1
    Copyright 2003
    To start from Mac OS X on this VD, hold down the C key as the computer starts up.

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    That version of OSX is Jaguar and very old. It sounds like the CD that came with that old an iMac. It still should boot though if it's the CD shipped with the iMac. Not sure what is going on unless it's not the proper CD. Let me think about it some more and I will get back to you.

    Any one else have any ideas That I have not covered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    That version of OSX is Jaguar and very old. It sounds like the CD that came with that old an iMac. It still should boot though if it's the CD shipped with the iMac. Not sure what is going on unless it's not the proper CD. Let me think about it some more and I will get back to you.

    Any one else have any ideas That I have not covered?
    Uhm, you said it was in safe mode or something, maybe do I need to get it out?
    Or I don't hear the disc spinning when I push C is there maybe a command I can use when I use that Command-Option-O-F thing?

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    Okay the grey coloured disc is the correct original install disc and you should be able to boot from that as they did come with OS X.2.3 according to Mactracker. Sounds like you have a dead optical and maybe hard drive if you are unable to boot from that disc.
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Okay the grey coloured disc is the correct original install disc and you should be able to boot from that as they did come with OS X.2.3 according to Mactracker. Sounds like you have a dead optical and maybe hard drive if you are unable to boot from that disc.
    So how do I fix that? D:

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    That is a good question. The G4 iMacs will not boot from a USB drive, so I will have to do some thinking on that and get back to you.

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    Will boot from an external Firewire optical drive or replace the internal optical but really do not think it is worth the investment.
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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