iBook G3 harddrive replacement

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by yoshiii, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hello I have IBook G3 700Mhz that I just replaced the harddrive with a new 80 gig drivel. I am installing OS 9.2 on it, from a retail cd. But when it boots up while I am holding down "C" it only shows a folder with a question mark. What am I doing wrong? Do I need to use the install cds that came with the IBook first?
    (I posted this topic in the wrong place the first time)
    Help
     
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    mjstew33

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    You need to boot the drive with a Mac OS X CD and go into disk utility and reformat the drive to have OS 9 drivers for the HD.

    Are 700MHz capable of OS 9.2?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, it had it already as well as OS 10.2 when I got it. Replaced the hard drive so can have a bigger and faster harddrive.
    I will try booting from OS 10

    Thank you
     
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    It wont let me boot, it still shows the folder with a flashing question mark.

    So should I try using the install cd that came with the IBook?
     
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    mad jew

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    Yep. Have you formatted the drive? You can do this through Disk Utility on the install disks by erasing the drive (and selecting a format type).

    As for having OS9, I don't know much about the older computers but was your machine actually capable of booting into OS9 or were you running it through OSX (Classic mode)? :)
     
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    ReanimationLP

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    You can ONLY boot into OS9 using the orginal iBook CD-ROMs due to they have an enabler to make it work on this model. After a OS is released to retail, Apple has to write enabler software for it to run on models thats newer.
     
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    So I cant use the OX 10 cd to format drive and than install OS 9? I have to use install cds?
     

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