Jun 23, 2006, 04:16 AM
I have a basic understanding of computer hardware and decided to experiment with a beige G3 that I had lying around and wasn't using at all otherwise. I decided that I would try to strip out the parts I didn't need in order to minimize the size of the thing and use it as a remote itunes server for the housemates and I. First, I took everything apart, reconnected the PS, HD, monitor, keyboard, and personality/sound card. It booted into OS9 (last thing on the hard drive) just fine, so then I shut it down, connected a bigger hard drive, and reconnected the CD drive. I then started it up from an OSX 10.2 disc and proceeded to partition the 80G hard drive into 4 and 70+ gig partitions and install Jaguar sans extraneous languages and printer drivers onto the 4G partition. Everything seemed to run fine and the restart option came up like normal. Upon restarting, the G3 booted from the CD again and went into the installation process. I restarted the computer and removed the CD from the drive and got the flashing disk, so I booted from the CD again and reinstalled. I've tried different locations of the hard drive on the ATA ribbon and different jumper settings (cable select, master, and master w/ slave). I've tried it with the CD drive connected and disconnected. Still no luck. The hard drive definitely spins up, and when booting from the CD is recognized as having OSX on it, but the G3 just won't recognize it as a startup disk. Any ideas? What else can I try?