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same kind of problem here.
Authored by: skeetone on Feb 28, '04 12:31:00PM

I have an old iMac 333 Mhz and I had ydl installed on it, now I'm trying to get os 9 back on it but it says it can't install on the disk (maxtor 60 Gb). Could I maybe use the same method as you explained? To first format it like you explained with a panther install cd and after that install os 9?
I also heard about a script to be able to install os x on an old imac, but do I still need at least 128 mb of internal memory in it (now it's 92 mb)?

Another thing I read was that after a ydl install the boot partition could have the wrong name....how do I know it is faulty and how could I fix that?

anybody who can help me..thank you sooooo much!!!!
Cyazz!!

SkEE-ToNE



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same kind of problem here.
Authored by: viscaria on Feb 29, '04 11:59:19AM

You need 128 MB to install OSX, but 10.3 should work on any Mac w/ USB. On older systems it is imperitave that you check for any firmware upgrades before attempting to boot OS X, or you could fry the logic board.



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Authored by: johnsawyercjs on Feb 29, '04 05:25:31PM

Actually, it won't fry the logic board as such, but it can scramble the firmware chip which is on the logic board, and the Open Firmware settings, resulting in anything from weird video but a Mac that works otherwise, to a black screen and no boot. There are ways around this if this happens to you; mainly they involve removing the RAM and installing different RAM, which often gets the logic board running well enough to allow you to boot from an OS 9.1 - 9.2.2 hard drive and update the firmware, since when the logic board sees a new RAM configuration, it TEMPORARILY resets some of the scrambled settings as part of its process of storing the new RAM configuration, usually long enough to allow the Mac to boot and allow a firmware update; simply resetting Open Firmware sometimes does the trick, but replacing the RAM works more often. But again the effect is only temporary, so you need to quickly update the firmware once you get the Mac running, which will clear up any remaining messed-up video too. Sometimes you have to replace the RAM several times during this process, with different RAM each time, until you get OS 9 to boot and let you run the firmware updater. Works for me every time (I fix Macs for a living, so I've seen this many times).



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same kind of problem here.
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on Feb 29, '04 05:40:11PM

If all you want to do is run OS 9 on your iMac, you don't need to initialize it with OS X's Disk Utility--just boot from the OS 9 installer CD and use its copy of Drive Setup, which also has a 'zero all data' option.



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