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I have an iMac G5 (May 2005) with OS X 10.11 that hasn't been used for over 1 1/2 years. I wanted to get the pertinent numbers and went to the system profiler (about this Mac). The window comes up but clicking on the more info button only gets the spinning wheel for several minutes and then some. What should I look for to fix it? I think I will try to make some use of this machine if *** is feasible.
 
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First off, no PPC G5 Mac can run any OS X version beyond OS X 10.5.8.

Try booting up using Safe Boot Mode from a cold start and see it things work better. And maybe try just leaving it plugged in for a while and try again, its PRAM battery may be dead but shouldn't bother innards data things too much.
 
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I left a digit out. OS X 10.4.11 Tiger So sorry for the mishap. and as soon as I turned it on the clock came up correctly. How does one check the pram battery ?
 
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I left a digit out. OS X 10.4.11 Tiger So sorry for the mishap. and as soon as I turned it on the clock came up correctly. How does one check the pram battery ?



Depending on the Mac model, a multimeter will work but access may be a PITA!!

The easiest way is to use the Date & Time System Preferences, set the date and time using the auto-set checkbox option, then disable that auto-check/set option, shutdown and unplug the power from the Mac and leave it unpowered for at least 30 minutes, then the next time its powered up, check the date and time system pref and if its not the correct time the PRAM battery is probably kaput.

IE: the correct date & time is one of the things kept in the battery held pram settings.
 
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system profiler won't load

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My iMac is an "A1076" PPC and looks different than the one you referenced. I do have the original os 10.4 disc so, can I follow the same procedure as the A1153 model? The only fight I might have with that is the ejection mechanism on the iMac. It's been hung up before.

Thanks for the advice.

Bob
 

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