Firmware Update 4.1.7 question.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Serge N Gin, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. Serge N Gin macrumors member

    Serge N Gin

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    Hi,

    I have an iBook G3 (Panther) giving me probs and I want to connect it to my Intel iMac (10.4.10) using TDM and Disc Utility to zero out the Physical Volume of the iBook so I can reinstall Panther using TDM, but from a PPC iMac.

    My concern is that the necessary Firmware Update 4.1.7 that I applied prior to upgrading the iBook from 9.2.2 to Panther, will be wiped along with the Physical Volume??? Or maybe it won't?

    Can I even use Disc Utility on an Intel Mac to zero the iBooks HD? Or do I need a PPC iMac?

    I don't want to reinstall Panther on the iBook if the Firmware Update has been removed as I know this is not a good move.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    The firmware update should remain. However you won't be able to run the Panther installer from the Intel Mac, even if the intent is to install onto a PowerPC machine. Can you not directly boot from your Panther discs on the iBook?
     
  3. Serge N Gin thread starter macrumors member

    Serge N Gin

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    The HD on the iBook has been zeroed using Target Disc Mode and when I boot from the Panther install disc holding the Option Key the process seems to just hang when I click on the forward arrow once the Panther Disc appears highlighted ????

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  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Have you ever been able to boot this machine from these Panther discs? Are they the retail version of Panther? :)
     
  5. Serge N Gin thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, I upgraded the iBook G3 from 9.2.2 straight to Panther using these discs (Full Retail Version) but after buying/installing a RAM module I'm left with a huge mess to clean up and the iBook is not mine either.
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Okay, so what were the problems that made you need a reinstall in the first place?... Perhaps they'll hold the key as to why this isn't working.
     
  7. Serge N Gin thread starter macrumors member

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    I had a new RAM module from a 3rd Party Vendor that arrived and when I installed it and rebooted, all I've seen since is the Flashing Folder/?.

    I took the new RAM out but even booting off the onboard 64mb doesn't help. I also have the original 128mb module I was replacing and that won't boot the iBook either .... to say I've tried nearly everything is pretty spot on, mate! I'm in Tassie BTW!
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I won't hold that against you. :p

    So the drive came up in Target Disk Mode... Do you have access to another Mac that can run the Panther installer (PowerPC)?
     

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