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Installing OS X on Beige G3
Authored by: bluewax on Dec 18, '03 10:55:13PM

I must say that I am not a computer expert (far from it), but this cautionary tale that might help others trying to install OS 10 on a G3. I purchased Jaguar OS 10.2 knowing it would be a problem to install on my beige G3 minitower. It has a 266 mhz processor, 544 MB's of RAM and a video card in one PCI slot and a USB card in another. There are two hard drives; a 6.0 GB on the ATA bus and a 4.0 GB on the SCSI bus. I knew the video card would be a problem and Apple recommends that OS 10 be installed in a USB "native" machine. Because of these factors, I was prepared for the fact that my computer was on the cusp of not being OS 10 capable. Thus, I was pleasently surprised when the install went OK; there was a video blackout at about 28 minutes left in the installation, but the screen came back when the first disk was installed and the second disk went without a hitch. But, I had installed the software onto the SCSI drive; it was not the master drive. It worked fine for about three days and then, on startup, the computer could not find an operating system and I got that annoying circle with a slash through it. To make a long story short, I re-initiallized the drive and tried another install: the screen went blank at about 38 minutes left and the install stopped. I continued to try to re-install with decreasing returns. Re-initializing the drive just seemed to make it worse. I knew what I had to do. I bit the bullet and re-initialized the drive by zeroing the entire disk; twice. Then, I installed OS 9 onto the 4.0 GB disk. I did the same re-initialization to the 6.0 GB disk, partitioned the drive in two (3 GB each) and then installed OS 10 into one partition. The screen went blank at 19 minutes left, but the install continued and the screen blinked back when the second disk was asked for. After this the install was sucessful. The moral: it seems that you need as close to a virgin drive as possible in order to install OS 10 on a beige G3 minitower like mine. You also need to install it on the designated master drive, or change the jumpers on the drive you want to install it on. So far so good with the install; it's been going for three weeks. I hope this will help someone.



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Installing OS X on Beige G3
Authored by: marknallen on Jan 07, '04 08:31:56PM

I have been running OS X (10.2.6 at the moment) for quite some time on my Beige G3 with nary a problem, so I'm glad I didn't know about potential pitfalls. I am ready to upgrade to Panther, but perhaps that would not be a wise move.



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