Indigo iMac and OS X - can it be done?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tazunemono, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. tazunemono macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2007
    Hello All, this is my first post here.

    I recently purchased a 1 GHz G4 eMac (512 MB, paid $75) and a 300 MHz G3 indigo iMac (128 MB, paid $25) from a school's surplus auction. The eMac is running OS X 10.4, but I'd like to put OS X 10.2-3 on the G3 iMac if possible.

    I have no experience with OS 9. The G3 iMac has OS 9.2 on it currently, but I cannot use it for anything because there are no control center apps. When I put in a CD, nothing happens. Sherlock is not installed, or any other program for that matter. All I can see is the desktop and the HD icon. I cannot eject a CD via software, I have to reboot and hold down the mouse button.

    I have heard that a firmware update is necessary, and that a working copy of OS 9 must be installed prior to upgrading. I am bidding on OS 9.2 and 10.2 CD's on Ebay as I write this. I have 2 other macs to use as masters for target disk mode, if this is a viable method to install OS X, an eMac and a MacBook Pro.

    Question: How can I get OS 10 on my iMac?

    My goal is to load it with a few learning games and turn my 4-year loose on it after Christmas.

    Thanks for your advice!
  2. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    You could go to 10.2. You might get 10.3 on there if you upgrade the RAM. But as is, I would stick to 10.2. My brothers-in-law are running 10.2 on an old Bondi Blue iMac (233 MHz with, I think, 160 MB of RAM) and it works. Slow, but it works. I had an upgraded Bondi (500 MHz Harmoni card with 192 MB) that was running 10.3 just fine until its untimely demise.
  3. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2007
    pls see my sig. I have a 350 mhz imac. I've upgraded the hd and memory (Very easy) and it flies in jaguar. I'll be putting panther on it in a month's time. The only thing it won't be able to do is play movies without choppyness (although youtube isn't choppy).

    btw putting in a 7200 rpm hd made a huge difference for me. the original hds are only 4200 rpm... as for ram I'd say even 512 is more than enough for a 4 year old.

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