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Help me diagnose eMac hardware

Undermeind asked
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I'm working on a eMac (model: A1002) for a friend. It's running OS X.  I know a pretty good bit about PC's but I'm lost with this machine and Mac's period.

The owner says (and i have observed) the machine boots up fine. However, he's lost the password(s). He says (and i haven't observed) that once you do log in, it freezes up completely once you log in.  I'm not really clear on at what point it freezes, just that it does. I can't log in because he forgot the password (it's been sitting around for awhile).

What I'd like to do is some general diagnosis of the hardware. While I know the freeze-up-upon-login sounds distinctly like software issues, I'd like to know how to diagnose/verify the hardware in the process too. Is there a bootable disk out there that can check all a Macs hardware easily?
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