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#1 2018-04-17 21:10:10

BeardedTinkerer
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Last gen PPC Imac G5, need help restoring to factory.

Hi everyone and thank you for your time and assistance in getting this back to stock.

I have tried everything I can short of burning a disc since this one has not only a disc stuck in it (its bootcamp too, ironic no?), and I don't have any other mac equipment as I am a lifelong PC user, and up until just this year an android lover...

I have pulled several different OS versions from macintosh garden. and restored them to a USB by way of both my PC using TransMac and the G5 using disk utility, including partitioning the USB on the G5 and then restoring using the PC or the G5 and none of them have shown up in the startup disk menu or when I restart the G5 and hold the command or option, cant remember which is which, lol.

Any ideas and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again for your time

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#2 2018-04-18 02:52:43

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Re: Last gen PPC Imac G5, need help restoring to factory.

Are you formatting the USB stick as APM? PowerPC won’t boot from MBR or GUID.

Also, be sure you are using a compatible Mac OS X version.


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#3 2018-04-18 04:24:51

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Re: Last gen PPC Imac G5, need help restoring to factory.

mcdermd wrote:

Are you formatting the USB stick as APM? PowerPC won’t boot from MBR or GUID.

Also, be sure you are using a compatible Mac OS X version.

Thank you for the response, I will double check on the formatting, but I believe that was what my research led me to do, but I shall check.  I have 10.5.4 as well as some older OS's too, pretty much whatever I could grab off macintosh garden.  I don't know anyone in my town that has older mac stuff, the system currently has 10.5.8 on it.

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#4 2018-04-19 20:49:42

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Re: Last gen PPC Imac G5, need help restoring to factory.

*Update*

Made sure APM was the format on the thumb drive, trying to install 10.5.4.  Wouldn't recognize the usb as bootable.  I'm running out of options and patience, and I'm not one to quit on anything until I figure it out... *sigh*

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#5 2018-04-19 21:17:47

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Re: Last gen PPC Imac G5, need help restoring to factory.

Specifically, which Mac is this (look in the System Profiler for the Model Identifier).

What I'm getting at is earlier G5s will not boot from USB. You'll need a disc, a firewire volume or to get cozy with open firmware

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Daily Drivers: 27" iMac 2.8 GHz Quad-Core i7 (Late 2009), 21.5" iMac 2.7GHz Quad-Core i5 (Late 2013), 11" Macbook Air 1.6 GHz i5 (Mid-2011)
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#6 2018-04-19 21:45:18

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Re: Last gen PPC Imac G5, need help restoring to factory.

mcdermd wrote:

Specifically, which Mac is this (look in the System Profiler for the Model Identifier).

What I'm getting at is earlier G5s will not boot from USB. You'll need a disc, a firewire volume or to get cozy with open firmware


I think I mentioned it before, but if not, its the A1058.  If that's the case, I guess I'll have to table it for a while until I can find a firewire drive and burn my own disc..or attempt this open firmware method.

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