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#1 2017-10-13 17:17:00

Theclassic
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Registered: 2017-10-09
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my eMac G4 boots to Open Firmware. how do i boot it successfully?

Hello everyone. I have a 2002 eMac G4 that wasn't turning on at all to begin with. I opened it up, and figured out that the main power cable wasn't connected. Duh.
So now I have it working. When I boot into open firmware by holding (on my windows keyboard) Alt, windows icon, O, and F, I am greeted with the Open Firmware terminal. I have NO idea where to go from here. Any ideas on what to do to boot it?
NOTE: I do NOT have a HDD with any OS installed. Is it possible for me to  boot from a cd or flash drive with an OS installed? If so, how should I do this?
Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED! (:

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#2 2017-10-13 21:28:10

ClassicHasClass
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Registered: 2014-05-26
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Re: my eMac G4 boots to Open Firmware. how do i boot it successfully?

If you just want to boot from a Mac OS CD, you don't need to be in OpenFirmware. Just hold down C on the keyboard as you turn the machine on.

Booting other things depends on what you're booting and from which device.


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#3 2017-10-13 21:29:53

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Re: my eMac G4 boots to Open Firmware. how do i boot it successfully?

(If you can't figure out how to open the CD, then enter Open Firmware and type "eject cd". Put one in, and "boot cd:,\\tbxi" -- this will load the Toolbox from the CD, and away you go.)


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