Ok, I have figured it out since I started this post but I thought it would be best to post my solution. Seeing as how this was the #1 google hit: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=5769159 and there is no solution there. I installed 10.3 into my new(old) iBook, but the Airport was not connecting to anything. Using ethernet instead, I upgraded to 10.3.9 and restarted. The computer would chime, go to the grey apple startup screen, then shut off. Long story short, apparently you can't do OS upgrades without the power cord connected. Maybe this is common knowledge and Im just not in the know.