iMac G4/700 SE (Flat Panel) 2002

The iMac G4/700 SE is the top model to wrap up the whole G4 line. It got the fastest processor of the 7xx family – 700 Hz – and the largest hard drive – 60 GB, the largest RAM from the box – 256 MB and the most popular colors: Graphite and Snow. The iMac G4/700 features a 700 MHz PowerPC 750cx (G3) processor with a 256k on-chip level 2 cache, 256 MB of RAM, a 60.0 GB Ultra ATA hard drive, a slot loading 8X/4X/24X CD-RW drive, ATI Rage 128 Ultra (AGP 2X) graphics with 16 MB of VRAM and Firewire “400” ports as well as the in-built speakers, a 15-inch CRT display and AirPort support. The iMac G3/500 is available in two crisp colors: Graphite and Snow.

iMac G4/700 SE (Flat Panel)

Introduced on: January 7, 2002.


  • Processor Speed: 700 MHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 32-bit.
  • Processor type: PowerPC «Voyager» G4 (7450).
  • Cores: 1.
  • On-Board Ram: 125 MB or 256 MB.
  • Video: 15″ TFT LCD, 1024 × 768 pixels resolution.
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 2 MX with 32 MB of DDR SDRAM.
  • Storage: 40 GB, 5400-rpm Ultra ATA-66 up to 128 GB Hard Drive Supported.
  • Input\Output: 3x USB 1.1, 2x Firewire 400, built-in microphone, audio out, Apple Pro Speakers mini-jack, Mini-VGA video out.
  • Optical drive: 8x DVD and 32x CD read Combo drive or 32x CD-R and 10x CD-RW write CD-RW Drive.
  • Internet \ Wireless connection: Optional 11 Mbit/s AirPort 802.11b (adapter required), 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, 56k V.90 modem 4 Mbit/s.
  • OS: Preinstalled OS: 10.4 “Tiger“, MacOS 9.22. OS max. upgrade: 10.5 “Leopard”.
  • Dimensions: 12.95 x 15.1 x 10.6 inch maximum.
  • Weight: 21.3 lb.

How to Switch Between Mac OS X and Mac OS 9

Your iMac is set to use Mac OS X. Most applications made for Mac OS 9 will work in the Mac OS X Classic environment. Just open the application as you normally would. You can also start up your computer using Mac OS 9.

To set the iMac G4/700 SE (Flat Panel) computer to use Mac OS 9:

  • Choose System Preferences from the Apple Menu menu in Mac OS X.
  • Then click the Startup Disk icon to open the Startup Disk pane.
  • Now select the Mac OS 9 folder as your startup disk. If the icons are dimmed, click the padlock icon and enter the password you chose when you first set up Mac OS X.
  • Finally, click Restart.

To set the computer to use Mac OS X again:

  • Choose Control Panels from the Apple menu.
  • Open the Startup Disk control panel.
  • Click the triangle next to the hard disk that contains your operating system folders.
  • Select the Mac OS X System as your startup disk.
  • Click Restart.


If the computer won’t respond:

  • First, make sure the mouse and keyboard are connected.
  • Unplug and then plug in the connectors and make sure they are secure.
  • Then try to cancel what the computer is doing.
  • Try to force problem applications to quit. Hold down the Option and Command (x) keys, then press the Esc key.
  • Select the application.
  • Click Force Quit.

If the computer still doesn’t respond, restart it, to do this:

  • Hold the Power button on the computer for five seconds. When the computer turns off, press the Power button again to restart it.
  • If that doesn’t work, unplug the power cord from the computer.
  • Then plug the power cord back in and press the Power button on the computer to turn it on.

Then do this:

If the problem occurs frequently when you use a particular application:

  • Check with the application’s manufacturer to see if it is compatible with your computer.

If the problem occurs frequently whatever application you use:

  • You may need to reinstall your system software. Choose Mac Help from the Help menu and type “install system software” for more information.

If you see a flashing question mark during startup:

  • If the computer doesn’t start up after a delay, hold down the Option key and restart your computer.
  • When your computer starts up, click the hard disk icon and then click the arrow.

After the computer starts up:

  • Open System Preferences and click Startup Disk. Select a local Mac OS X System folder.

If the problem occurs frequently you may need to reinstall your system software. For this, choose Mac Help from the Help menu and type “install system software” for more information.

If the computer won’t turn on or start up:

  • Make sure the power cord is connected and both ends of the power cord are plugged in securely, and the power cord is plugged into a powered electrical outlet.
  • If your computer is plugged into a power strip, make sure the power strip is turned on.
  • See the service and support information that came with your iMac for information on having your computer serviced.

If you can’t log into your computer:

  • Make sure you are typing your user name and password correctly.
  • Make sure you are using the same capitalization and punctuation that you used originally. Check to see if the Caps Lock key has been pressed. If that doesn’t work, reset your password.
  • Insert the Mac OS X software install CD that came with your computer.
  • Restart your computer while holding down the C key. When the Installer appears, choose Reset зassword from the Installer menu and follow the onscreen instructions.

If your Apple Pro Speakers aren’t working correctly: Make sure they are connected securely. m Unplug and then plug in the connector and make sure it is secure. You should feel two clicks.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Model No: M6498 (EMC 1873).

Apple Order number: M8672LL/A (M8672LL/B since July 17, 2002)– a CD-RW drive and 128 MB of RAM model, M7677LL/A (M7677LL/B since July 17, 2002) – a “Combo” drive and 256 MB of RAM model.

Discontinued: January 7, 2002.

Price: $1299, $1499.


The critical drawback of iMacs is the fact that Apple doesn’t consider hard drive and optical drive to be user replaceable parts. The only DIY upgrade available is that of RAM. This leaves the user to the wits and mercies of iMacs enthusiasts who love tinkering. The external hard drives are also the option. And while USB 1.1 is obsolete for the purpose, the FireWire port can provide the required speed of data exchange.


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