PowerMac 8100

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by hpzine, Jul 31, 2005.

  1. hpzine macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2005
    West Monroe, LA
    Hello I am a soon to be mac mini owner but I got a PowerMac 8100 from a friend of mine today and everything i boot it up a floppy disk with a question mark comes up I dont have the floppy i need and my friend has no idea where it is is there anyway i can get another one?
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    The ? mark means the machine cannot find a valid System Folder to boot from. Does this machine have a CD drive? Did you get an OS 7 or 8 CD ROM with it? Presumably it has a hard drive in it - this would indicate that either the hard drive isn't working, or more probably, the System on the drive is borked. Unplug the machine, open it up and make sure all of the internal cables are secure. You might also remove the RAM and reinstall it. THe machine definitely might need a new PRAM battery, it is a 3.6V 1/2AA Lithium battery, availabe at Radioshack etc. for about $8.

    You can download System 7.5.3 here
    (disclaimer, I have not tried this install personally since about 1997)

    You will need 19 1.44 Mb floppy disks and a Mac with a floppy drive to do this.

    Alternatively, look on eBay or your local used computer / Mac store to pick up a copy of OS 8

    Your machine could go as high as OS 9.0

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