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Mike - nice to meet you...
This is my wifes computer and I do not know where she keeps the information on her computer. She will be back in about one hour.
I do know that the iMAC was purchasd new in September 2006. Since then she added software so the system could run in either MAC or PC platform. This was installed about 6 months ago (not used in PC though).
I will have to wait for her return to find out if she has an installer disk. (probably does)
Mike - I have two install disc
Mac OS X Install Disc1 and Disc 2
On the disc it says Mac OS version 10.4.7 amt version 3A113 , disc version 1.0
Mike - this does not help. Normally we need to hold down the Option Key when we turn it on to go into MAC mode... I tried the shift key as you suggested and I also tried the shift key and Option Key.. no luck.
Holding the Option Key when turning on is normal since the software was installed to run PC / or MAC...this has not been a problem.
Any other ideas?
This does not help , I tried several times with no luck.
After a few minutes the error ! Disk Insertion ... "the disk you inserted was not readable by this computer"... The eject button is blue for defailt, however nothing happens other than the colored "wating ball" indicator. eventually this errors goes off the screen but the "waiting ball" is still going and we can still not open any icons on the bottom (they are all there).. desktop never shows up though.
Any other ideas??
I get this error while running... "First Aid failed"
Disk Utility Stopped repairing "Mcintosh HD" because the following error was encountered
The underlying task reported failure on exit
then in red in the dialog box
"Invalid Sibling link"
Volume check failed"
Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit
1 HFS volume checked
1 Volume could not be repaired because of error...
The first time I got her I hit OK on the First Aid Failed and nothing happened after that?
Not sure what to do next?
The computer is apparently stuck in repairing permissions for the last 5 minutes.. not sure anything else is going to happen.
Is it possible to back up the drive when it is in this condition?
Mike - we decided to go with Option 1 . it still stops and will not repair...
We do have another Mac (same system) but we do not have a fire wire itself. Both system have ports..
Do you recommend that I get the fire wire and try something before resetting the system?
How do I go about resetting?
Mike - good morning..
We made DVD back ups of the critical informaiton a couple a months ago so we decided to go ahead and re-install the OS X system.
So, we get stuck once again.
1. I installed the disc 1, get to the Welcome to the Mac OSx Installer
a) Introduction -- OK
2. License Agrrement -- agreed OK
3. The system goes to Select a Destination ( and stops here)
.... no destination options are created?
What should I try?
No drives show up when I select OS Installer.. it stops as noted in the previous message. (two options show up when I was in the repair mode)
OK -- Under disk utility I see the HArd Drive..
OK - so far so good, it is currently going thru "checking your installation DVD" and is 6% complete... changing about 1% each 30 seconds or so....
I will continue and let you know how it ends up.
Mike - thanks very much.
The computer is back to its "new self"
I will Accept now...
Have a great 2009!