old g3 imac giving grief

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by bustednz, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. bustednz macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2007
    hey guys im ben from nz.

    read some old post sounds like most people in here know what there doing.

    i brought a old g3 for like 80bucks nz which is like chips aprently crashed which it did at a scandisk thing i pressed stop and it booted about 20 times fine at work and checked disk fine when it wanted to... i updated everything and was smiling

    i dont have a mac keyboard. so i used a usb one and it worked fine... but it locked up soo i turned it off and put it in my van and went home from work, plugged it in and it just sat on there blinking question mark and finder.

    i reset the pram and it didnt fix it, then the hdd had a huge spaz and started clunking... so i assumed the hdd was haddit... replaced that downloaded some crusty old os9 image and burnt it. and it wont boot from it...

    are macs picky on the OS cd? it seems like a pretty good iso its got all the system files there?
  2. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    What mhz CPU do you have? I think I have some old G3 500mhz boot cds. Let me know
  3. bustednz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2007
    its a 5521 unsure of cpu but someone might have said it was a 400mhz its blue and has a 20G

    the screen has been recently packing in to could be another fault but OS 9.2 would be GREAT
  4. tuc macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2003
    btw, this thing runs OSX just fine so long as you've got at least 512mb of ram.

    If the 20gb hard drive is OEM, that would make this on the later end of the iMac G3 run, I think.

    If it turn out to be dead, may I have your optical drive? (Just kidding. I do need an optical drive for an iMac G3, but NZ is too far away. Oh, and I hope it's not dead.)

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