panther instalation

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by crapday, Feb 21, 2004.

  1. crapday macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2004
    Hi all, I need a bit of help here.
    I've got panther but can't install it, my slot loadind imac g3 cd drive is broken, I have an external drive ( a Phillips Jackrabbit usb drive) but every time I try to install Panther the computer tells me to restart, when I restart i get the restart message again. I have tried to make the external cd drive the startup drive but when i restart all i get is a folder with a question mark and then it starts up whit the HD ( which has 10.8 installed on it ).
    Please can some one help.


  2. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    I don't think you can boot from USB. Your system will see the CD in the USB drive and recognize that it has a system folder on it, but it won't boot.

    Any way to get your hands on a Firewire drive? How broken is your internal drive?
  3. crapday thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2004
    well I made it a lot worse, it would not accept discs so i opened it up and broke a bit off. :(
    So if i buy a firewire cd drive then I should beable to install panther from that?:D
  4. mklos macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!
    Yep if you get an external FireWire HDD you will be able to install Mac OS X from that.

    You probably can't install it from a USB drive because it won't boot from it and also you would be using USB 1.1 which is slow. Even if it worked it would take a good bit of time to install it anyways.

    I would look on eBay for a replacement slot load drive for your iMac.

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