I'm trying to get an old imac set up so our housemate will stop using (and screwing up) my wife's G4. Its running ubuntu, and his annoying websites (aim, youtube, myspace) wont work w/o Flash, so I've been tearing my hair out trying to install Panther. (i tried all the ubuntu flash workarounds, nothing worked) I initially tried to install using the panther install cd's and it said I needed to run a firmware update. Then the picture tube on the imac died, so I brought it back to the shop I got it from to get it fixed. In the interim my brother-in-law sent me a dmg of OS 9.2.1 to run the firmware update. Now 2 weeks later the shop i got it from gave me a new box (same specs) with the original hdd, so I'm trying again to get os x installed. I burned the dmg using Disk Utility on the G4, and all i get when booting from it on the imac is a flashing question mark diskette icon. I burned another disc using different media, same thing. I tried to boot from the Panther disc, and it no longer sees a destination volume. I see that I can erase the hdd to make it a valid destination volume, but Im worried that then Ill still have to deal with the firmware update. And erasing a hdd ALWAYS makes me nervous. *deep breath* Any advice on how to proceed?