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OS9 G3 now boots into login screen

by Phil J / July 17, 2006 9:33 AM PDT

I bought a new Intel iMac in April and it works great, but now my problem is I just refired up my old Beige G3 running OS 9.2 and it booted up into the login screen and is asking for a password. I never used a password with the machine and if I did when I originally set it up I don't remember what it is. I need to get some files off of it but have no way because the only startup CD I have is 9.0.4 and it does not support the USB cards I have in it. Any suggestions. Thanks

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Additional item
by Phil J / July 17, 2006 9:35 AM PDT

When I restarted the G3 the date was way off so I guess the battery died, could this be the problem and would a new battery solve it.

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 17, 2006 10:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Additional item

Yes, it could be the problem.
Change it out, boot the machine from any OS 9 disk.
Go into the Extensions manager and turn off the Multi-Users extension.

Restart from the HD, should work


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Or, you could try
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 17, 2006 10:20 AM PDT
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Booting with the extensions off. Hold down shift key until you see the "Extensions off" message


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by Phil J / July 17, 2006 10:45 AM PDT
In reply to: battery

I had booted with 9.0.4 disc and went and moved Multi-Users ext. to disabled and then rebooted. I'm in and transferring files to flash disc as we speak. Thanks for your help. Didn't have to change the battery at this time yet.

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