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Ralph Tomaccio
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Jul 2, 2003, 12:44 PM
 
I have a Umax Mac clone that's 6 years old. When I go to start it, I get either an "Illegal Instruction" or "Error Type 10" message shortly after booting. It says to try restarting holding the shift key to turn the extensions off and I still get the same messages.

It will also not start up from a CD by holding down the "C" key during startup, or by holding down the other method of shift/option/command/delete.

Any idea as to what I might try or what you project the problem may be? I'm in a transition from this Mac to a Dell and need to get certain files off the external hard drive.

In the past I've been able to solve most any problem, but this one has me perplexed.
     
bradoesch
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Jul 2, 2003, 01:48 PM
 
Have you tried resetting the PRAM? (Hold Command+Option+P+R at startup until you hear 3 chimes.) If that doesn't work, pull the batter out for 10 minutes.
     
Ralph Tomaccio  (op)
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Jul 2, 2003, 02:54 PM
 
Great suggestion! Unfortunately, it didn't work either.
     
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Jul 2, 2003, 03:46 PM
 
Call dell, tell them you are a switcher, and you'd like them to help you get it setup and get your files to it.
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rezzi
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Jul 2, 2003, 05:33 PM
 
I think the Mac smells the Dell and therefore won't release the files.....
     
Ralph Tomaccio  (op)
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Jul 9, 2003, 04:56 PM
 
Sorry for the delay in getting back to everyone, but I took an extended 4th of July weekend. Back to reality now and just tried a new system motheroard battery. Unfortunately, no luck - it wasn't the problem.

Now, I have to make the decision of just scraping the computer or investing a little money into having someone look at it to determine whether or not it's worth fixing.

Any other ideas out there?
     
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Jul 9, 2003, 07:52 PM
 
Well, you can remove peripherals - especially any unnecessary PCI cards. And if you've got extra RAM in there, you can pull that as well. If you've got the processor over-clocked, clock it down - it may be burning out. And, finally, try booting from a disk with the version of the Mac OS it came with.
     
   
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