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I don't know how helpful this will be, but in case anyone else is having a similar problem, I felt it right to share my experience.

I pre-ordered OS X a month before it was released, and tried to install it on the last Beige Macintosh they ever made - a G3 333 UWSCSI minitower.

The install CD did nothing but kernel panics, even when the machine was stripped to bare bones stock. It's now about three and a half months later, and after trying almost daily, OS X is finally installed.

Read the rest of the article if you'd like to see how Glen finally got OS X on his beige G3...

Here is what I did. As I said, I stripped it to stock configuration. Only, this time, I thought I might pull and plug stuff while the process was ongoing, so I left the case open and plugged the power cord into the now upside-down power supply.

I was, of course, concerned that the Install CD might not be happy being read upside down, but I felt that after 3+ months of trying, I would go for it. The other thing I tried, was to move the CD ribbon cable to the other IDE plug on the motherboard.

Now, I don't know if it was plugging the CD into the other IDE plug which finally did it (the likely story) or the fact that the computer was upside-down (the unlikely story) that finally did it, but it suddenly worked.

So I went through it all, completed the upgrade to 10.0.3, and then put everything back together - now it's working like a champ!

So, when all else fails, try turning your computer upside-down, you may be surprised. ;-)

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Upside Down Cake
Authored by: Anonymous on May 28, '01 07:49:18PM

Glad to hear that you've got your machine running...albeit a little unorthodox in position. That said, I've never really liked pineapples and had absolutely NO problems installing BETA, Final, and each of the upgrades in my old G3MT in the normal position so I'm inclined to think of your unusual success as slightly unordinary. But it worked so welcome aboard. The G3 is a little slow, but I use it more than any of my other, faster machines and it performs flawlessly.

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Upside Down Cake
Authored by: fiansa on May 29, '01 07:57:01PM

I had similar problems loading onto a DT300. I had added a second hard drive, and to make cabling easier had connected the ZIP drive and second hard drive together, and CD-ROM and primary hard drive together. OS X hated this and would constantly dump the second hard drive. I reconfigured back to the original layout, removing the second hard drive, and everything worked like a charm. My suspicion is OS X is looking for the CD-ROM to be on a different bus than the hard drive.

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