Upgrading an 8600 to OS X

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Macmaniac, Mar 21, 2004.

  1. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    I'm getting a free 8600 from a neighbor of mine, its been upgraded with a G3 accelerator card, my current plan is to upgrade it to 10.2 using XPostFacto, any advice for people who have upgraded old Macs to 10.2. I hope to hook it up to my network, or use it as a web-server.
  2. aricher macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2004
    Just folow Ryan Remple's X-Post Facto's install guidelines to the T and you'll be fine - just make sure you have a comprehensive backup before beginning. I have OS 10.2 running on an old Power Computing PTP as well as a 6500 and a 7200 - no problems. Good luck - just follow the rules exactly.
  3. Sparky's macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
    I think this thread just opened a can of worms. I have an old quadra 650 and a Umax clone (S-900) my boss was going to put out in the dumpster and now, seeing this thread I was wondering, can you explain what Xpost-facto is and would it be usefull upgrading my machines?
  4. ibjoshua macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2002
    I ran 10.1.4 (or 10.1.5 - I can't remember) on my S900 for a few days. It was a dog though. I imagine it might be ok at file or web serving -- anything that doesn't require using aqua. But maybe not, I didn't test it. A bare bones linux distro would make more sense for those tasks.

    10.2 and later will not run on 604 precessors but will on G3 upgrades.

    Good luck. Its fun to mess around but don't be surprised by poor performance.

  5. Pismo macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2002
  6. applemacdude macrumors 68040


    Mar 26, 2001
    Over The Rainbow
    No but you can install Jaguar on it. but you can useXpost-facto and it will probaly work for Panther
  7. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    dude, every time I see a your tar, I cant help but giggle. But I have to ask...whats with the humping bananas?
  8. DrBoar macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2003
    I have 10.1.5 on a 7300/200 and even on a 604E CPU it is OK thanks to 244 MB RAM, I also have had 10.1.5 on a 7500 with 320 MB RAM and a 350 MHz G3, it now has 10.2.8. And it is better but as allways with G3s in those old PCI boxes the slow graphics pull downs the impression both in X and in OS 9.

    Before that you embark on the X installation make sure that the HD is at least 2 GB (a tricky absolute minimum) 4GB upwards is much better. Also make sure that you have more than 128 MB RAM, 192 and upwards is OK. Lots of paging on that slow bus and harddisk kills the performance way more than on a 100 MHz bus and fast IDE drive.
  9. KC9AIC macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2004
    Tokyo, Japan or Longview, Texas
    For those of you who don't know, XPost Facto is a way to run OS X on Macs that aren't officially supported by Apple. I found a website about it here.
  10. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    Xpostfacto is a great app. I used it on a PowerMac 9600 and got OS X.2 running just fine (until i put my foot in the machine and it subsiquently broke).

    The site's FAQ concentrates (IMO) on the negatives of Xpostfacto, that is, the things it cannot do. Taking this into mind I ran the program with hesitation thinking OS X will be unusable but I was mistaken! It runs just as on a normal G3/G4/G5 (without the speed :p)

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