iMac g3 600 mhz SE DV PowerPC g3 Graphite 640 ram

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by BigRed3373, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. BigRed3373 macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2007

    newbie here I bought this g3 off ebay pretty nice and dependable for a dinsouar i did upgrade memory to 512 plus the 128 already installed on it however its running 10.3.9 OS X version I wanted to upgrade it to Tiger is this a good thing or not? also I went into the disk utlity and I can't format erase or nothing its all blacked out :confused: Format : Mac OS Extended (Journaled) so how do i do this upgrade and is something wrong with the OS it wont let me partation either :eek:
    Please help thanks

    Shell ;)
  2. Xeem macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2005
    I'd stick to Panther if I were you; Tiger is definitely a little tougher to run, and there's no need to tax your iMac more than you have to. Panther is also very compatible with current Mac software.

    As for the partitions, I'm just going to copy the OS X help viewer directly.

    Partitioning a hard disk
    Use Disk Utility to partition a disk into sections, or "volumes," each of which works like a separate disk. You might want to partition a disk so that you can have different versions of the Mac OS, or organize your information in a logical manner.

    Partitioning a disk erases all the files on the disk. If you have any files on the disk you want to save, be sure to make a copy of them on another disk before you partition the disk.

    You cannot partition the disk that you started up from. If you want to partition the startup disk, you must restart your computer using your Mac OS X Install disc, as described below. Because partitioning will erase your hard drive, you should back up your hard disk before proceeding.

    To learn more about using Disk Utility, open Disk Utility, in the Applications/Utilities folder, and choose Help > Disk Utility Help.

    To partition your startup disk:
    Insert the Mac OS X Install disc and restart the computer.
    When you hear the startup tone, hold down the C key until you see the progress indicator (looks like a spinning gear).
    When the Installer appears, choose Utilities > Disk Utility.
    Select your disk from the list, and click Partition.
    Select how you want to partition the disk and any options you want, then click the Partition button at the bottom of the window.
    Quit Disk Utility.
    When the Installer opens again, you can install Mac OS X on one of the partitions.

    If you want to use another disk as the start-up disk, choose Utilities > Startup Disk and choose it.

    See also
    Open this for me
    Disk Utility
  3. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Why would you partition a disc? Nuts.

    You need a normal Tiger retail install dvd.

    Now, make sure you really do have a DV model. I think a 600 DV iMac is a bit rare. More often, I've seen them with cdrw drives, but not dvd drives.

    Anyway, I've put Tiger on successfully onto loads of old iMac G3s , so there is no problem.

    Get as much ram as you can. At LEAST 768mb.

    And upgrade the hard drive to 7200rpm model.
  4. BigRed3373 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2007
    Thank you both at this point it seems a bit useless and will stick with the original install still I can't figure out why it all was blackened out and I couldnt make any changes I dont want to upgrade the drive its a 60 gig. It also has an adminstratior still on here how do i rid of that its the same name and password wondering if the guy who sold it to me did this. IT is the Rare SE DV i doubled checked and rechecked it out all matches the guy surpluses and this one was part of the inventory agian thanks:D
  5. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Hey newbie the big red type is a bit LOUD.

    But to try to help you, you can only change the password if you have a retail Tiger or Panther cd/dvd whatever system is on there. Then you can change the administrator stuff on the hard drive.

Share This Page