i need help! im still new to this. i really need help, i have an imac.. (it's corrupted. when i try to open it, it shows a question mark alternating with a smiley)

Model Family: iMac G5 Processor: 1.8GHz G5 (PowerPC 970fx) Manufacturer: Motorola

of CPUs:


Size: 17" Finish: Matte Resolution: 1440x900 Backlight: CCFL Base Memory: 256MB PC3200 DIMM Max Memory: 2GB

Memory Slots:


Brand: Apple Original OS: Mac OS X 10.3.5

i think it's vintage. haha. but i want to fix it. first, i think the hard drive is broken (pretty much corrupted) but i tried to install a xubuntu os on it because i don't have any other disc. but i think xubuntu is not compatible because i can't seem to get pass through the partitioning part. could some one please help..

  • Well if you can't get through the partitioning correctly that seems to support your theory that the Hard Drive is damaged. Make sure you have the correct PowerPc image downloaded and start xubuntu from CD. From there open a terminal and do an 'fsck' (filesystem check) on your hard drive. Please post the output. – Daniel W. Jul 11 '12 at 9:25
  • Possible duplicate askubuntu.com/questions/109797/ubuntu-installation-on-imac – dlin Jul 11 '12 at 12:25
  • Daniel - thanks for the response. can i post it next week. don't have time. exams are coming up. appreciate your comment. thanks -i'll post it next Saturday maybe – leviathan Jul 12 '12 at 14:20
  • i can't post the fsck. but i'm wondering if my device can still run an ubuntu and if yes could someone please give me a version. – leviathan Jul 26 '12 at 13:12
  • i really want to try ubuntu. and ive downloaded may versions but still no luck. i really need help thankyou – leviathan Jul 26 '12 at 13:14

The page is hard to find but Ubuntu has versions specially for MACs. I have included the link, the second one down is listed as

Mac (PowerPC) and IBM-PPC (POWER5) desktop CD

For Apple Macintosh G3, G4, and G5 computers, including iBooks and PowerBooks as well as IBM OpenPower machines.

There are others listed just for MACs. I honestly have no personal experience with these so I don't know if they will work, I was just able to dig into Ubuntu's website deep enough to find the link for you. Hope it helps


Note: As I don't know your location I gave you the United States mirrors in the above link I also included 12.04 as it is the newest, let me know it you want another...

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  • hey. thanks. i'll try that. but i did download a 10.10 version and i still can't get through the partitioning part. maybe my hard drive was fried? i will try it. thankyou :) – leviathan Jul 31 '12 at 14:12
  • i'll try to find those thread. i'm new to this. and thanks for your help. i really do appreciate it. i've been trying to fix this for months now. i really hope i could fix this. i really liked ubuntu though can't get through partitioning part. – leviathan Aug 1 '12 at 6:37
  • is it a bad hard drive or disk? – leviathan Aug 1 '12 at 7:08
  • you can use the liveCD to check your hard disk, boot into the liveCd and Try Ubuntu then open the disk utility, if it cannot find the drive it is failing, more info about the disk utility is in this answer I would suspect that if you still cannot partition during the install on the new CD you downloaded that the drive is bad. some of the comments to your question also say that. – TrailRider Aug 1 '12 at 21:19
  • i have another question.. as i have said before, the imac was corrupted due to carelessness of the old owner. he gave it to me without any disc but then back to the installation.. the ubuntu was able to boot but the problem is that i can't get through the partitioning part. and i have noticed that it was also asking me to install the drivers (maybe it detected any hardware) my question is that, do i need to install it or should i download another version of ubuntu? – leviathan Aug 2 '12 at 13:19

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