iMac doesn't boot from OS 9

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by j.roswen, May 1, 2009.

  1. j.roswen macrumors newbie

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    I recently got an old blueberry iMac g3 for free from a friend. The system is currently running os 9, and I cannot seem to get rid of it.

    My goal is to get it running anything other than os 9 (be it os x, or linux)

    It refuses to boot from the OS 9 Cd, the OS x 10.4 Cd, or any versions of powerpc linux I have tried. What am I doing wrong?
     
  2. MaTUC macrumors regular

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    Don't try Windows on that.. it will not boot! linux neither i think.

    haha you edited.. nice.. why not working on OS 9 , it's a nice operating system , you could try installing OS X.. but I don't know if you do it the same way as installing from a old OS X to a newer one
     
  3. hughvane macrumors 6502

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    That model of iMac was issued with OS 8.5. Make sure the Firmware is updated to accommodate later OS, especially if booting from a later version OS CD. Best source of info regarding that is http://www.mactracker.ca/. Note recommended maximum OS level.
     
  4. j.roswen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry about the edit, took my brain a second to realize windows+ppc wouldn't work out well.

    How would I go about updating the firmware?
     
  5. hughvane macrumors 6502

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    Via Mactracker (it's free!), once you've located the model of iMac you're working with. There's a hyperlink for a firmware update.

    You could go directly to Apple's website where firmware updates should be available.
     

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