Hello.....I have read a similar forum......Need help with a G3 B&W and OS 9, by Drift3r, but the my main problem was not addressed. I have a B&W G3 that I got used. It had OSX installed, but no classic support installed, and NO system cds of any kind were provided with the machine. I decided that I ONLY wanted OS9 installed, considering that I didn't have an OSX system cd, and that none of the programs I had supported os 10. I attempted to install os9 once i got the full cd by initializing the drive (if figured that'd be enough). When the firmware update for the G3 pops up, and I try to attempt a shutdown for the update, it says that I am running from a locked volume and to restart. I understand that I AM running a locked volume when I boot from the cd, but even after copying all the files to the hard drive, I still get the same message. My big questions are: Is the hard drive not formatted, do I need to format it first? And, is the hard drive volume locked, and how do I unlock it. There is no sign of any OS on the comp, and it boots up with the question folder without a startup cd. I am much more familiar with PC's, and all I really want to do is completely reformat the drive and install OS9. Are there any apps similar to fdisk or format that i can use? Thanks for any response.