bought ibook g3 with debian linux. help me switch to mac!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by cheeseblock, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. cheeseblock macrumors member

    May 23, 2010
    SLC, UT
    Today i bought a 1999 iBook G3 Blueberry "clamshell" off the classifieds (awesome looking, only $20!). So the guy tells me he's selling it because it was a gift, and is running debian linux, and never learned to use it. He gave me a login (root) and password (qwerty), but that's all he knows. I know nothing of command prompts and googled this already and couldn't figure out much. I don't have any blank discs, but have an empty 16gb flash drive. If that won't work, i will go get whatever discs i need. I understand it originally ran OS 8.6. I just want to be able to turn the thing on running mac, don't care how well or slow. Please steer me in the right direction, this command line stuff makes me feel dumb :confused:
  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    You need to go out and purchase some retail CDs (or that particular model of iBooks Official Restore CDs) of Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X. If you can find out how much RAM it has, if its over 256MB, I would purchase and install Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, if its between 128MB and 256MB I would stick to finding and installing Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, and if its under 128MB RAM, I would stay under Mac OS 9. You can get these CDs off of eBay or any other auction site.
  3. max¥¥ macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2008
    Over there....
    All you need to do is get a disk of whatever mac os you want to run on it (it will run 8.6 all the way up to 10.3.9, and even 10.4.11 with xpostfacto, but that is a little more difficult to install) insert your chosen disk, restart holding down c and it will boot the disk and you can install from there.

    With 10.4.11 you need to install mac os 9 first, then download and run xpostfacto and follow the steps in xpostfacto to install 10.4.11
  4. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    i bought a 366/192ram/6 gig hd clamshell a couple weeks back...

    -you may have to update the firmware for osx (requires min mac os 9.1)
    -i install mac os 9.2.2 (last mac os before osx) and installed classilla for update web browser
    -also installed osx panther and using both camino and firefox for web browsing will find a lot of sites with render issues and script errors....i find last version of firefox for panther is better at rendering pages and no script errors

    -os 9.2.2 runs great but perhaps because my ram is only 192 web browsing can be somewhat laggy...osx panther is fine but once again web browsing is very very i prefer os 9.2.2
  5. airdrummer macrumors newbie


    Feb 28, 2007
    xpostfacto is only needed for oldworld macs...clamshell ibooks are newworld
  6. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    incorrect. XPostFacto is required to get Tiger to install on G3 Macs without a FireWire Port. Since this is an original Clamshell, it doesnt have a FireWire Port, and hence XPostFacto is required.

    XPostFacto, while originally designed to install OS X on Old World Macs, its later revisions also added the ability to boot Tiger on G3s without FireWire.
  7. zen.state, Dec 28, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2011

    zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    What chrismacguy said is right.
  8. ThunderSnake macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2010
    Misinformation is the enemy in these types of forums, not the people who try to maintain standards.

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