Help can't install any OS on my Kanga G3 powerbook

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by Aeronautical, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. Aeronautical macrumors member

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    HI, I hope I'm posting this in the right forum, I figured that that the Apple Collectors might have the best take on this problem.

    I've just bought an original G3 powerbook (or Kanga, 3500 powerbook) on ebay. Unfortunately the previous user had used password protection and forgotten his word!, so I initialised the disk using an os9 install cd. That went well, but then it wouldn't actually let me install the system software. I tried using two different 9.0.4 install discs (one from an iMac g3, one from a pismo g3 powerbook). Neither worked and a message came up saying that the software wouldn't run on my computer.

    I have managed to get hold of a non-specific retail version of os 8 (its version 8.0. I think). This still won't install, the same message is still coming up when I click on the installer "This program cannot run on your computer. See the documentation for more information."

    Have no idea what documentation is being referred to, I don't have the install manual but have read the install read.me file pretty thoroughly. Has anyone else experienced this problem on their Kanga? I'm afraid that I might have wiped the firmware by over zealous disk initialization, but then I guess I wouldn't be able to even read the install cds I tried. Any help is greatly appreciated, I really want to get this pbook up and running!
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    My guess is that you'll have to get a generic OS 9 installer for it. It originally came with 8.0, but the generic 8.0 installer you have might not recognize the hardware and be unable to install.

    Firmware isn't stored on the hard drive, so you didn't wipe it out, however it might need a firmware update, unfortunately, to do that you need an OS installed if it isn't on your installer CD.
     
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  4. Aeronautical thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks guys. well at least I know I haven't fried the firmware. I'll get hold of a os9 cd, and just hope it works. After my experiences with 3 different discs I'm a bit panicky about ever getting an OS on there. Hows about 8.5, might that work?
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I'm not sure 8.5 was ever sold as a generic installer.. I don't remember frankly.
     
  6. Aeronautical thread starter macrumors member

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    8.5 was sold as a retail version for any compatible Mac. It's much cheaper to buy on ebay than a generic version of 9 and might just help me to get this thing started!
     
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Really? I would have thought they'd both be dirt cheap.
     
  8. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Those OS 9 discs are machine-specific. You can't use them to install the OS on any Mac other than what they are designed for. Find a retail copy of OS 8.5 or 9 and you'll be fine.
     
  9. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    For some odd reason OS 9 and 8 discs go for 40 and up. X_x

    Then theres this guy selling pirated copies of OS 9 with I believe these really crappy audio CDs. I bought one, thought it was real, but it was a CD-R. -.-

    The audio CD sucked too.

    >.<

    At least it was the Powermac G4 disc.
     
  10. Aeronautical thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes so did I. In the UK, os 8.5 goes for about £15, os9 for about £30+ ($25-60?). I bought a pismo in june for £280 and the kanga was £77 so I'm trying now to get/borrow the software I need for cheap of for free. At the place i sometimes freelance I can find any number of old g3 powerbook install disks, but i think they're all off lombards or pismos. I was even lucky enough to find a pismo accessories box! But trying to find a retail version of any software there seems to be pushing it, there just isn't any lying around.
     
  11. RacerX macrumors 65832

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    How could you forget the "it's like having a whole new computer for $99" campaign?

    8.5 was a major release (more important than 9.0 actually, considering the improvements it brought).



    As for the situation at hand... the only version of Mac OS 8 that will install would be off the original installation disks. You might have some luck with an 8.1 CD... but you would be better off with 8.5 (and then upgrading to 8.6).

    As for the 9.0.4 CDs that were tried, both of those were tied (by Apple) to the specific hardware they came with. This was to stop people from trying to do... well, quite frankly, exactly what Aeronautical was trying to do. :eek:
     
  12. Aeronautical thread starter macrumors member

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    True!

    Now does anybody know about the installer application that is on these cds. I can install various pieces of software individually, but need installer engine/application 4.5.3 to install others. I can find the installer engine, but clicking it just 'shadows' the image (like file in use visual in classic os). I'm probably flogging a dead horse and should just wait and get the correct software...!
     
  13. RacerX macrumors 65832

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    Well, you could try finding someone who services Macs.

    I, for example, would install 8.6 on any system that originally came with 8.x, 9.1 or 9.2.2 (depending on what the system will support) on any system that came with 9.x, and 10.1.5 on any system that came with 10.0.x or 10.1.x without questioning as to what media the owner of those systems had in their possession.

    And as I service Macs for a living, I have pretty much every version of the Mac OS and keep copies of all of them in my tools bag (along with hardware test CDs for specific systems) at all times. I would guess that this wouldn't be much different from most people who work on Macs. I stay prepared for most any problems I might run into with systems running any where between System 7.0 (and in some cases System 6.0.x) to the latest versions of Mac OS X.

    And I've installed 8.6 on a number of 3400s and Kanga G3s (and in some cases installed all the way up to 9.2.2 using OS 9 Helper).

    You've just got to find the right person.
     
  14. Aeronautical thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, have installed a retail version of 9.1. And it worked! However, it wouldn't install the quicktime files ( i was given option to skip, or stop download altogether, so skipped) and now I can't read the help files or access help at all. Is there a version of quicktime that I can download to my pismo (haven't got internet set up on kanga yet) and then burn and install on my kanga?

    Back to quote RacerX: OS helper, haven't heard of it, but followed link and sounds very good, is there a way to download stuff to one mac then burn it and install it on an other, or does it install automatically on the machine you download it to without leaving a usable file that you can copy?
     
  15. RacerX macrumors 65832

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    You can download either Quicktime 5.0.5 (here) or Quicktime 6.0.3 (here), both of which should work on your system. Also OS 9 Helper can be downloaded on one system and moved to another.

    I would suggest connecting your systems using ethernet... but burning the stuff on to a CD and moving them that way should also work.

    OS 9 Helper will help with installing Mac OS 9.2.1 (here) and then 9.2.2 (here). You'll need to patch the sound manager and modem extension on your system after upgrading to 9.2.x, you can find what you need here.

    When you get on the web with that system you'll need a browser. I would suggest the following for your system:
    Netscape Communicator 4.8 (old but reliable)
    Netscape 7.0.2 (most compatible with the current web, but flaky at times)
    Mozilla 1.3.x here and here (unofficial Mac OS 9 port)
    Internet Explorer 5.1.7 (some sites only work if they see IE)​
    Hope that helps a little.
     

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