iMac G4

Originally known as "The New iMac" the iMac G4 was created to replace the iMac G3 as Apple's all-in-one desktop computer. The G4 is easily recognizable by its swiveling monitor mounted above the hemispherical computer. Steve Jobs quoted it as being "a design that will last till the next decade."

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finder folder and question mark

When I turn on my computer, I get the green/gray screen with the finder folder and a question mark after it. That's all it does. I try to hold the mouse button and boot, nothing. I try to hold the c key and boot and nothing.

Anyone had an idea of what's going on with my imac. It was given to me. It's a 700 mhz, 128 ram and a 40 GB HD.


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Your machine can't find a system folder. Either your system is corrupted or your hard drive has gone bad. Start up from your system installation DVD by inserting the disk and holding down the "C" key on startup. Go to the second screen pull down menu to Utilities > Disk Utility. See if the drive shows up on the left. If so click on it and run repair till it runs clear. If it does not show up, it has gone south and you will need to replace the drive with a new IDE drive and install a new system.

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How can I open the cd tray? I've tried ejecting it with the keyboard and no luck. Is there any other way to eject the cd?

by Francisco Abrego

Try holding down the mouse button while starting up.

by mayer

I tried that also and nothing pops out. I don't think the cd tray works at all. At this point, since it needs a new hard drive and a cd tray, is it worth fixing?

by Francisco Abrego

You'll spend about $70 on parts. If you don't have a system installation disk you'll have to buy that too. A kid would love this machine.

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