iMac won't recognize OS/bad drive?
I have an emc 2124 I got from a friend.
there is no OS on the HD.
I'm trying to start it up with an OSX 10.2 CD which I know is good.
When starting up with "c" pressed I only get a flashing folder with a question mark.
Starting with a OSX 10.4 upgrade disk (from 10.3) is same result.
Tried a thumb drive with 10.4 installer files copied onto it - same result.
Starting with "option" pressed is white screen with only the cursor arrow.
I should think I'd at least get a dialog box saying that the OS can't be installed on this computer if that was the issue.
all the diagnostic LEDs come on.
The cd drive spins - how how can I be sure it actually works or not? can I remove it and test it on my PC? Are there any other possible issues that I'm missing? (It's been many years since I worked on a mac)
Is this a good question?