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    Default G-4 tower wiped clean

    Hi there,

    I purchased a G-4 dual processor/tower from a school and they wiped the hard
    drive clean. I am unable to get the drawer open to insert an operating system using the cd eject button. Any thoughts on how I can get the drawer open?

    Thanx

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    There are a few -- escaping me now. The paper clip trick

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    Take a look in some of these threads...
    http://www.macgurus.com/forums/searc...earchid=374329
    or just search the Guru's site further. There is an answer

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    Start up and hold the mouse key down. It will open.

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    Thanks rick, brain fart here on top of a sore hip

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    Thanks, I had forgotten about the mouse trick...but for some reason the
    tower isn't reading the keyboard or mouse. Will it read these w/out the
    system software being installed?

    I ended up getting the drive open w/the paper clip trick....had used this on other macs in the past and could get it coaxed open enuf to hook and pull the rest of the way.

    If it's not reading the keyboard how can I get it to boot from the disk? Do I need to bring it in somewhere?

    Thanx again....

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    Do you have a USB or FW drive around by chance? Another computer.

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    Try disconnecting the internal HD

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwm View Post
    Do you have a USB or FW drive around by chance? Another computer.
    I have a LaCie cd burner and an HP laptop and might be able to talk a friend into letting me use a Macbook pro laptop....that's only a maybe on the last one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwm View Post
    Try disconnecting the internal HD
    So, I dissconect everything, open the case and just disconnect and reconnect then try again? Thanks...

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    Default This drive was working recently - right

    Try leaving the HD unplugged and see if the computer will boot to the CD installer - as a trouble shooting attempt - it will hopefully be forced to recognize the CD installer. If it boots let us know

    Are they the original CD or Black retail?

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    Others might have ideas using the equipment you have.

    Can you see if it will boot to another CD ... if you have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwm View Post
    Try leaving the HD unplugged and see if the computer will boot to the CD installer - as a trouble shooting attempt - it will hopefully be forced to recognize the CD installer. If it boots let us know

    Are they the original CD or Black retail?
    This is an off the shelf Mac OS X Jaguar from Apple that I purchased years ago.

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    So it is Black? Not a greenish grey?

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    Question Any luck........

    If it's not reading the keyboard how can I get it to boot from the disk? Do I need to bring it in somewhere?
    Are you sure the keyboard works? Also check the USB port on the computer - it works right? Can you try another keyboard? Can you put the drive into another case or computer to see if it can be seen by DU then erase it again OSX Extended Journaled, try checking/verifying and even install an OS on it before putting back into your computer.

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    Default Exactly which G4

    I purchased a G-4 dual processor/tower from a school
    One of these G4's or a Dual QS like on this page.

    What version of CD are you trying to boot to? 10.?.?

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    If it's a late model G4 it might not boot from a 10.2 disk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwm View Post
    So it is Black? Not a greenish grey?
    I thought you meant black market...oops! No it's not black in color, it looks kind of a creamy white w/a jaguar "colored" X in the center....version 10.2.3

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwm View Post
    Are you sure the keyboard works? Also check the USB port on the computer - it works right? Can you try another keyboard? Can you put the drive into another case or computer to see if it can be seen by DU then erase it again OSX Extended Journaled, try checking/verifying and even install an OS on it before putting back into your computer.
    OK, I did run into some failure issues w/the monitor unexpectedly....the mouse is working, yes I'll try a different keyboard. I'll try unplugging the hard drive and the other trouble shooting tips as well and see if I can't chase down a newer operating system. I'll be back and let you know.

    Thanks for all of your input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwm View Post
    One of these G4's or a Dual QS like on this page.

    What version of CD are you trying to boot to? 10.?.?
    The tower doesn't have the third firewire port, so it is the Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors).

    What version do I need to boot for the tower that I'm using?

    Thanks

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