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S-video and Mac OS X 10.1 upgrade Install
Upon trying to run the 10.1 upgrade CD, I found that after following through the appropriate steps (giving it the administrative password, letting it restart and seek through the CD many times while on a grey screen) the screen eventually went to blue, and just stayed there. After the initial panic, it turns out the installation screen was being sent to the TV over the S-video cable I had left connected. Why it chose to place this screen on this secondary monitor is confusing.

To avoid this problem, make sure the S-video cable is disconnected during your Mac OS X 10.1 upgrade.

On a related note, the new 10.1 has a screen saver -- which for me only appears also on the TV if the S-video connector is attached. In configuring the dual monitor, I have made sure the menu bar is at the top of the 'primary' monitor, and that the monitors are not mirrored. If I select a background image, for example, it only appears on the 'primary' screen. My desktop and dock are on the 'primary' monitor. Yet my mouse seems to start in the TV screen when S-video is attached.

How does one move the screen saver to the 'primary monitor', and set backgrounds for the 'secondary monitor', since there are no setting for monitors in either of these control panels?
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Installing OS X on Beige G3 Install
It's been alluded to, but never said outright. I'm hoping to save someone some time. When installing OS X on a PowerMac G3 All-in-one, make sure that your first partiton on the hard drive is no larger than 8gb. If it is larger, you won't be able to install OS X. I could actually boot from the OS X CD, but when it came time to choose the hard drive, it would not let me select the drive. I partitioned my 12gb hard drive into two partions, the first at 8gb, the second at 4gb, and VOILA, things worked great. Computer is not too bad for performance.

I spent almost 4 hours figuring this out, so I hope it saves someone some time.

[Editor: Although Apple has a technote on this, it's not entirely clear that OS X must not only reside on a partition that's on the first 8gb of the drive, but that the partition itself must be no larger than 8gb. There are some other tips here for dealing with early G3's; search on "Beige G3" for a couple of different articles...]
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Debugging a RAM upgrade and slow OS X performance Install
[Editor's note: Here's a story of a user experience with a RAM upgrade that was anything but normal. If you upgrade your RAM at some point in the future and are faced with extremely slow system performance, you may want to remember this article's suggested fix...]

I recently installed additional RAM in my G4 450DP running OS X v10.0.4. I went from 640MB (128MB + 2x 256MB DIMMS) to 1128MB by adding a single 512MB DIMM. The installation was NOT routine.

The system ran normally before installation. After installing the DIMM, all system operations were noticeably slow. The boot process took longer than normal and even the insertion point in the login window blinked at a dramatically slower rate than normal. I could type my username and password blind and not see the character echo for close to 2 minutes.

Once logged in, all my login apps would attempt to start and then quit prompting the standard system message. It would take about 3-5 minutes between each app to get the quit-message. At no time was I able to do anything useful in any application. The system was just too slow. The pointer did move as fast as normal...the system was just unresponsive to clicks or drags.

Read the rest of this article for more detail on the troubleshooting Alex did, and his eventual solution...along with a question about why this happened.
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Setting up OSX - An instruction list Install
I have been using OS X from the moment it was in beta and have acquired quite a bit of experience dealing with the many intricacies of this multifaceted operating system. Recently, I had to do a complete reinstall after a hard drive failure. I grabbed this opportunity (always look at the bright side...) to set up a quick "from OS X to custom geek toy" list. A step-by-step walkthrough is given at:

Thought this might be useful to y'all.

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Modify the Installer window Install
You can hack the Mac OS X installer window -- the one with the Mac OS X CD on it when you're installing updates.

It's at /System/Library/CoreServices/Assistant/Resources/background.tif.

There's even a vintage Assistant icon that dates back to the NeXT days (the file dates at 1.29.98). With a little Perl, you just might be able to rotate images for that boring installer window.
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Easily remove an installed OS X system Install
There's a great thread on the MacNN boards talking about removing OS X without erasing a hard drive. "Schmoo" (who may be an Apple employee; check the MacNN thread!) presented an AppleScript that can be used to easily remove all traces of OS X from a hard drive. So if you have a version installed that you'd like to remove, check out Schmoo's script in the Update soon and Applescript to Uninstall X thread.

[Editor's note: I've pasted Schmoo's AppleScript into the second part of the article; read the rest if you'd like to see it...]
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Install warning for Beige G3s with Ultra Wide SCSI Install
This has been documented on other sites, but I'll post it here in hopes of saving someone else some grief. If you are installing on OS X on a Beige G3 with an Ultra-Wide SCSI card, you need to update your firmware. This is free and easy and Apple provides more information about the process. Oddly, I was able to install OS X without doing this, but I couldn't boot into it install I installed this update. The error I was getting looked like "can't open: pci/Apple53C875C".
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Beige G3 install problem and solution Install
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...
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Another method of OS X installer extraction Install
[Editor: There's a posted tip about extracting files from the OS X install CD. Here's another take on the process, as applied to the OS X Public Beta CD, but it should work on the final version as well. It's different and complete enough to merit its own thread.]

There were a number of posts on various OS X forums a while back asking where Music Player from the OS X Beta had gone. I was never able to install OS X Beta on my machine, but I had seen screenshots and really liked the look of Music Player. I decided to try and get it off the OS X beta CD. Here's how I did it...

Read the rest of this article for a detailed set of instructions on extracting files from the OS X installers.

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Avoid white space in your password Install
If you use white space characters in your user account password, the "" will refuse to install packages (i.e. "Developer.pkg",...). Use the 'File->Show log' menu to see what happen in the log, the Installer application will complains on access right on.

Change your password, in the "Users" system preferences panel and retry. Et voila.
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