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  1. #16
    Trying to Get Some Use Out of an Old 10.2.8 iMac

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    I am back, playing with my iMac.

    When I power down and power back up, it seems to hang. (It definitely hangs for a minute or two. Should I wait longer?) Is there a workaround for this? This is driving me nuts.

    I had problems with Firefox 1.0 (which was what was on the machine). None of the menus worked except the Firefox menu (the leftmost menu). I downloaded 2.0.0.18. I hope that this will play nicely with my Mac OS 10.2.8.

    Thanks.

  2. #17
    Trying to Get Some Use Out of an Old 10.2.8 iMac

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    I definitely have a problem during power up after a power down.

    After one power up, the mouse did not work. I had to do a hard shutdown. It took me about 10 tries to power back up. Once it powered back up, it is working fine. I am getting afraid to power down now.

    Would appreciate useful tips. Thanks.

  3. #18
    Trying to Get Some Use Out of an Old 10.2.8 iMac

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    This problem is annoying me greatly.

    1. I can try booting up from Install disks. However, I don't know how to open the CD enclosure. The rightmost button on the top row does not work until the computer boots up.

    2. I could not locate fsck on my computer. If my problem is a hard drive problem, there is no sense in me wasting time and money on this iMac.

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    Trying to Get Some Use Out of an Old 10.2.8 iMac
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    Resolve startup issues and perform disk maintenance with Disk Utility and fsck
    The Repair functions of Disk Utility: what's it all about?

    Maintaining Mac OS X

    For your power problems, give this a try...
    Resetting the iMac (Flat Panel) Power Management Unit (PMU)

    For some maintenance... (make sure to download the correct one for your OS / Jaguar)
    Titanium Software

    Also, check the hardware for any problems...
    The Apple Hardware Test

    If needed...
    Apple Hardware Test Images
    When all else fails, try everything!
    The Rep System and you.
    Life's a joke...If you're not laughing, then you didn't get it.

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  5. #20
    Trying to Get Some Use Out of an Old 10.2.8 iMac

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    Quote Originally Posted by sojourner View Post

    5. I also need to get Antivirus. I see a sticky thread in this group.
    you should explain why you need antivirus software - it's pretty unnecessary with os x based on unix which is both incredibly stable and secure.

    the big ones like norton and mcafee will protect you from transfering viruses from your mac to another pc if that's a concern. however there's no need for it if you're simply concerned with protecting your mac. AND antivirus software can be a huge memory hog (esp. if you're running an older machine)

    i would seriously advise against it unless you share a lot of files with an unprotected pc

  6. #21
    Trying to Get Some Use Out of an Old 10.2.8 iMac

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    I was even thinking of antivirus software only based on my experience with Wintel computers. Based on the post above, I won't bother getting one.

    My biggest problem is the power on problem. I am afraid to turn my iMac off, fearing that it will never boot up back again or take a large number of tries.

    I do have the install disks. However the CD dive does not open until the computer is powered up. Should I try powering down with the drive open.
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    I tried to start with the install disk. It complained that I already have higher versions installed. It did do a Check Disk for quite a while but didn't report any problems. I did this to run hardware tests but didn't fine away to run them.

    I did load OnyX for Jaguar. I ran stuff manually. How do I automate? When I click Execute on the Automate tab, it starts running the tests taking up time. I would rather run these during the middle of the night.

    Thanks.

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    Trying to Get Some Use Out of an Old 10.2.8 iMac

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    Good news. The last 3 times my iMac started quickly. (I hope that this is not a fluke.) The only thing that I did was run the Onyx things including optimization. If this holds up, the iMac is going to be workable. The only other thing I need is a program like 1Password. (This does not work on the Jaguar.)

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    Trying to Get Some Use Out of an Old 10.2.8 iMac

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    The CD drive in my iMac opens only when the iMac is booted up. Is there a way to open it when it is hung up in a loop trying to power up? Thanks.

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