I have an iMac g4 (17" LCD "pod" machine) that won't boot. I'm guessing
a hard drive problem--startup icon spins forever, then it finally
displays the firmware login prompt. The last time I was able to boot it,
I ran the disk utility, which said there was a problem with the disk but
that it couldn't repair it (being the startup drive).
OS X 10.4.something.
Won't boot from CD, either. I don't know if this is a problem with the
drive itself or something related to the apparent HD corruption.
I have pretty much all the files I need backed up--but would like to at
least temporarily access the disk to get software from it (I bought the
computer used with programs I need on it--I don't have the installer
disks for most of them).
I have external USB and Firewire hard drives, and a G4 laptop. Can
anyone suggest a way to boot the iMac using one of these, then run the
disk utility to try to get the iMac's drive back to where I can mount
it? I've found some resources on the Web but none has yet done the
trick--references to likely help sources would be appreciated.
Much thanks and praise to anyone who can suggest solutions.