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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:38 am    Post subject: Old G3 iMac Reply with quote

A friend of mine has an old school iMac G3 600mhz/512mb ram (through in a gig)/40gb hdd.

She's trying to get it to work for her photography class...I know I don't understand it either but she doesn't have much money so i figured whatever i'll just fix it and let her deal with the slow thing.

The problem is it won't go past the loading phase after it shows the desktop image. it just sits at the background image and wont load the dock or menu. i have no idea what os version its running but if i had to guess i'd say panther. i tried putting in my install disc from my mini (had to connect an external dvd drive) and booting from that, it keeps freezing. i just wanted to run disk utility and repair the permissions from it but it wont go past the apple loading screen. the same with my leopard install partition on a usb flash drive. holding the option key i can see both the leopard usb drive and the tiger install dvd but it simply wont load past the apple logo. all i want to use is the disk utility app. does anyone have any suggestions? i'd at least like to fix the damn thing even if it isnt worth a damn. then convince to get a macbook refurb at least if i can.

thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does it have firewire? If so, you should be able to use the Tiger disc. Leopard won't work. If you have an extra external drive and it does have firewire, you could install Tiger on the external and then boot from it to try and fix the internal drive. If not, can you boot from the Tiger disc by holding "C" when booting? Also, I noticed while working on my older G3 machines, booting from the optical drive with less than 512Mb of RAM takes forever and sometimes won't even work. It's hit or miss with low RAM.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah it has two firewire ports and two usb ports.

i connected a usb dvd drive (it only has a slot loading cd rom drive) and inserted my tiger os x install dvd from my mini in there (just to run disk utility). it will load to the white screen with the apple in the center with the wheel spinning, but after a few minutes the wheel stops spinning and the damn thing freezes. the same thing happens when i try to use my leopard boot install image on a usb drive (the same thing i've used to install leopard on my mini once). so it finds the drives and recognizes them fine and everything. but freezes halfway through loading the install.

i also thought about trying to run the tiger install dvd from my mini to an external 3.5 (if that would even be possible) then swapping the old drive for the fresh installed drive in the g3 to see if its a harddrive issue screwing up her computer. unfortunately my superdrive is such a finicky POS lately that it doesn't even recognize the tiger install dvd that came with my mini, lol!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

unfortunately I think you can only boot from the firewire, I don't think USB booting is supported on PPC machines. So, you'll need some sort of FW device, either an external HD or optical drive. You may be able to install Tiger on an external drive and boot from it or just install that drive into the G3. I've taken them apart before it's not too bad. Also, it may be a CD only drive with no DVD Rom capabilities. What's the RAM situation? You mentioned in the OP about 1GB, is that installed?

Other than those suggestions I'm at a bit of a loss.

EDIT: Hey! I just had one other thought! You can boot the G3 in FireWire Target Disk mode (hold "T" while booting) then connect it to your mini via FW. It will show up like an external HD. You could remotely install Tiger from your Mini onto the drive in the G3. That just might work.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh good idea, i'll try that tonight and see if it works, thanks!
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