Installing OSX on a B/W G3 with only CDROM

xgdfalcon

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jan 21, 2004
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Michigan, USA
I recently got a used G3 with OX9.1 and a CDROM drive. I'd like to upgrade to OSX, but I understand that is a DVD-only distribution. Finding a bootable DVD drive compatable with my G3 has been impossible. Is there a way to create a boot-CD for installing OSX? My PC Firewire DVD drive works, but not for boot. I've been testing with a LiveDVD Linux Distro.

Thank you,

--Larry
 

chv400

macrumors 6502
Dec 16, 2003
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Houston, TX
Hmm i thought that only tiger was a DVD distribution. When I bought Panther it came with 3 install discs plus xcode. Finding a compatible DVD drive for the B&W is a bit hard nowdays seeing as places only sell optical drives with burning capability however OWC sells superdrives for around $80.00. I have one installed in my B&W.

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Apple/106VB1/
 

spinne1

macrumors 6502a
xgdfalcon said:
Finding a bootable DVD drive compatable with my G3 has been impossible.
Almost any IDE DVD drive should work. There are exceptions, but for specific model numbers, simply Google it and see if it is compatible. But as for being impossible, it doesn't seem so to me:

http://computers.listings.ebay.com/Drives-Controllers-Storage_DVD-ROM-Drives_W0QQcatrefZC4QQdfeZ20050530QQdfsZ20050530QQdfteZQ2d1QQdftsZQ2d1QQfromZR10QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ1QQftsZ2QQsacatZ80176QQsocmdZListingItemList

Note: the above are all DVD-rom drives, which is what was in the Blue and White. I would not put that in though, I'd get a burner. Patchburn will make almost all drives compatible.