Power Mac 5500 & Mac OS 8.6

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nick004, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Hi!

    Just got dumped with someones old Power Mac and wanted to play around with it. I only started on Mac's in the OS X times.

    Anyway, I plug in the keyboard and the mouse into the keyboard. I turn it on and OS 8.6 freezes on the "Starting Up.." load screen. I do not have the install discs, any advice? Thanks in advance.
     
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    jellomizer

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    Upstate NY
    #2
    Linux?

    You could try to put a PowerPC version of Linux or NetBSD on it. There is the questionability of legality on abandonware where you may get a copy. However someone may be willing to give up their legal copy for you, check ebay, I think OS 9 would work on it too.
     
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    MonksMac

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    Try this-
    Hold down the shift key on the keyboard when the computer first turns on. This will disable all of the extensions and may get the computer to start up completely.:apple:
     
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    froggytreafrogg

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    No offense to the previous guy (Linux), but i don't suggest using any linux. word has it that they tend to install just fine, but when you try to reformat to put on a different operating system (go back to mac) or restore, etc. you won't be able to because the Linux is said to 'stick' in the computer.
    My suggestion is to find a copy of mac os 8.5 from a person or such. Man, you can purchase install disks of os 8 for super cheap from the net. Or if the powermac has enough processor and ram, you can even find a copy of os x 10.1, they're rather cheap now too.
    Anyway, good luck; and don't give up, you'll figure it out.
     
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    Avenger23

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    You can go up to Mac OS 9.1 on the Power Mac 5500. I would not recommend loading Mac OS X on it, since it will not handle the operating system. You can still find cheap copies of the older Mac OS's on the Internet to reinstall the system with.
     

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