New Mac User, Incoming BB G3!

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  1. bigskymusiclove macrumors newbie

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    Greetings, new mac user and new member. I found some macs on an e-waste pallet at my local scrap yard and made an offer($10 a tower). I ended getting two Quicksilver G4's 733 Mhz, and a 1 Ghz Emac (that I am posting this on). I did a fresh install of Tiger 10.4 on all three systems and am very happy with the performance, and am learning a lot.

    Now I ordered a Bondi Blue IMac G3 Rev A from E-bay. Assuming it survives shipping and has no problems, what OS did it ship with and were would I found this OS? If it's not braking any rules, a downloadable burnable copy is what I am after for now.

    Thank you for your time!
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Those iMacs came with Mac OS 8.1. But you need a restore disc for that machine to be able to run 8.1. There are no legally downloadable versions that your iMac can run.
     
  3. bigskymusiclove thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your answer, now when you say I need a restore disc for that machine, do you mean any REV A/B Bondi Blue I-Mac, or is it more complicated then that? I don't know if it's a Rev A or B, don't they both have IrDA ports? I assume Rev B came with 8.5?

    If someone could image, an Bondi Blue I-mac restore disk that would greatly appreciated. If no one is willing to image a copy, can you give me part numbers or what the disc will look like.

    Thanks!




     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    Only the rev A came with an IrDA port and only it runs OS 8.1. Someone can't legally share or image an iMac's 8.1 restore disc, beyond physically giving you the actual disc.
     
  5. bigskymusiclove thread starter macrumors newbie

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    With my very limited knowledge, I know that not to be true, I know both Rev A and B have IrDA ports.

    Do you have any suggestions, were to find a restore CD, I need something cheap or free :)

     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    Only the rev A has the hardware, but the rev B has a connector for it on the logicboard. I suggest looking on eBay.
     
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  8. bigskymusiclove thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well if a retail copy won't work, and a Imac DV copy won't work, I cant' find anything anywhere, so it looks like I bought myself a bondi blue paper weight.
     
  9. Intell macrumors P6

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    A retail 8.1 disc won't work. But a 8.5, 8.6, 9.X disc will. Even a 10.0-10.3 disc will work, once the firmware has been updated.
     
  10. ihuman:D macrumors 6502a

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    If it's a rev. A look here (Macintosh Garden - You'll have to scroll down a bit).
     
  11. zen macrumors 68000

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    Have you looked on ebay? System discs for old Macs frequently crop up. But why do you need the discs? Is the iMac you bought non-functional? Does it not come with the discs it shipped with?

    Also, the revision A iMac will run up to Mac OS X 10.3.9, so any retail Mac OS from 8.5 up will install just fine (as Intell says above).
     
  12. bigskymusiclove thread starter macrumors newbie

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    None on there now for the iMac A & B, that I can find expect a iMac DV set. It's working and booting to 8.5 per the ebay ad. I need discs, because I can only assume it's messed up beyond belief, the OS has been likely installed for 15 years. It don't come with any CD's that I know of.

    Thanks for the link mac garden, the download links are dead, but I fired off an email to the guy.


     
  13. ihuman:D macrumors 6502a

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    A pity about that, I hope you can get it sorted.
     

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