Hey all, I recently switched from PC to Mac, specifically to a G3 800 Mhz Dual-USB iBook with FireWire. I loved it at first, but now I'm having a lot of problems and I could really use some advice from those who have much more knowledge on this subject. (I'm fairly PC intelligent, so you can feel free to talk semi-complicated with hopes that I'll understand. ) My iBook is once again a G3 800, with 384 Mb. of memory, a 30 Gb. hard drive, and it also has a combo drive built in. Beyond that, the iBook has an AirPort card installed in addition. When I purchased this from the previous user, it came with OS 9.2.2 installed and OS 10.2.6 installed as well. Now being the user that I am, I'd like the format the drive clean and simply reinstall OS 10.2 clean and tempered to my liking. However, I can't seem to accomplish this. I put in the OS X CD and hold down the "C" key to boot from the CD, which promptly brings up the grey "Apple" screen of OS X, and after that I get a dark/grey screen that says nothing and does nothing and simply hangs until hard restart it (A combination of OpenApple + control + power I believe). I then tried putting in the OS 9.2.2 restore discs from Apple, and when they booted it showed a smiling OS 9 Mac -- HOWEVER there were horizontal lines running through the mac's screen, right through the middle of the face. Wierd! The progress would continue and a cursor would load and the pinwheel would spin, but I could not move the cursor, and shortly thereafter I would once again be stuck in a mysterious grey/black screen where I could do no more. I've tried rebuilding the classic directory, and resetting the PRAM. I was going to flash to the latest PRAM if my iBook doesn't currently have it (4.1.7), but it says I need OS 9.1 to do so and it gives me errors in both OS X and OS 9.2.2 when I tried to flash the PRAM. Since the laptop has OS X on it now, it must've loaded properly once. Does anyone have any idea what's going on, or what I should do? Thanks for any help you can impart.