Mac G3 Blue and White Tower Restoration Project -- Need assistance installing OS

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by cm374787, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. cm374787 macrumors newbie

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    Hey fellas,

    I bought a B&W at a junk dealer and it works essentially but it was missing HDD and RAM which I have plenty of anyway so I put in some RAM and a 40GB HDD now I just need a system.

    I quickly found out that one cannot put an OS on that was older than the original OS when I tried to boot with my OS 7.6 discs :p

    I then went to ebay and bought some OS 8.5 discs cheaply...but then I found I need OS 8.5.1 or above :mad:

    I had some OS 9 discs in a CD wallet which has vanished as they always do when you need them, so I downloaded an .iso (not illegal because I have the discs!) (OS 9.2.1 same as mine if memory serves) and burnt it on a PC onto a CD-RW.

    Needless to say, nothing I have tried has worked :(

    Yes I have an authentic Apple DVD drive in the computer, already know about that part.

    Any ideas? Even if you think I've tried it before, I won't feel patronized if you ask even the obvious because I'm at my wits end trying to get this up and running.

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. 4JNA macrumors 68000

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    you need retail disks unless you happen by some miracle to find original grays for that particular system. about the same odds as mega-lotto i would guess.

    9.0 or 9.1 will work, as well as 10.0 (yuck) 10.1 (yuck) 10.2 (semi-yuck) and 10.3 (yeah!). make sure the firmware is up to date before trying anything else. best of luck.

    edit: as an afterthought, do you know the specs, and if this is a rev 1 or 2? did you put in a scsi hd or ide? (that might help guess the age and rev).
     
  3. cm374787 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well my original discs are nowhere to be found so I'm buggered as they cost $50AU upwards on ebay unless you're really really really really lucky.

    You wouldn't happen to have any discs I could borrow via post just to install an OS would you? :p

    As for the specs, I pretty sure it's a rev 2.
     
  4. rickvanr macrumors 68040

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    10.4 will run too. Just boot from the DVD. You can still buy IDE DVD burners and HDs, it might be nice to have a newer drive in there. These computers had the 128GB drive limitation as well.

    B&W G3s were simple to over clock too. It's just a few simple jumpers. Easy squeezy
     
  5. cm374787 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't have 10.4 unfortunately. Unless you got a copy I can borrow :p
     

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