Error installing Mac OSX on ibook g3

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mugglemage, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2009
    Hi all,

    I wanted to see what all the fuss was about with Macs, so I recently purchased a real cheap ibook G3 (the clamshell one), which came with no software on it but still has sound(?)

    Anyway... when I turn the laptop on, there is a startup sound, and then a little picture of a folder with a question mark on it. I leapt into action and bought a copy of OSX 10.0.3, which I assume is old enough to work (this machine is an ibook M2453 366mhz 320mb ram 9gb notebook), and I am not sure if that will even run anything like osx but I wanted to try...

    So I boot the laptop up, I get a little icon of an old mac and a little cd spinning in the upper left hand corner, it sounds like it is loading things from the cd, and......nothing. I let it do that for almost an hour and nothing happened. WHat am I doing wrong?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    First thing I'd try is to restart and hold down the Option key. Holding down Option should list the available startup disks, your OS X CD should be shown there. That should at least tell you that the CD drive sees the OS X install disk as a Startup Disk option.
    If it does see it, you can select it then click the arrow on the right, that should start it booting up to the installer.
    I also hope you mean you got 10.3.0, as any version of OS X prior to 10.2 is pretty useless, I don't know if any software that will run on it.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2009
    Nope, I have 10.0.3

    Will 10.3 run on a laptop this old? I was worried about system requirements. Also, I did that and it seemed like it was trying to access the cd more than before, letting it run will update in a few minutes, nothing yet though! Just the little mac icon and the spinning cd in the upper left hand corner...

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