Upgrading from OS 10.2 to 10.3 Problems

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  1. adventous macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys! I'm new to the forums, I'm Adventous but my real name is Jack. Nice to meet you all!

    I have an g3 iMac (Summer 2000 *Slot Loader*

    I've upgraded her all the way from 9.0 up to 10.2 but am looking to get up onto 10.3, I have the Panther disks and it reads disk one and resets as if its going to launch the installer, yet even when holding C it just boots up the desktop!

    I'm totally lost as to what to do, and im stuck for idea's its a 500mhz processor with original 128mb of ram. and from what ive discovered that should be enough for 10.3!

    Any Advise/tips/help/solutions will be gratefully received, I'm pulling my hair out over this!

    Dear Regards Adventous/Jack
     
  2. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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  3. justperry macrumors 604

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    Yours can go up to 10.4.11 as far as I can tell with your CPU speed.

    It might be the disc is damaged or the CD drive is not 100%.

    Does it work if you select the CD in startup disk and then restart?
    What about holding Option at startup, do you get into the boot select screen, now, I don't know if it was available at that time, it should be because my Powerbook G3 from 2000 had this.
    Is the firmware up to date: iMac Firmware Update 4.1.9
     
  4. California macrumors 68040

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    Do you have a DVD/CD drive or just a CD rom drive? You might need Panther or better, Tiger CDs not DVDs.

    The other possibility is if you have the Panther CDs, those optical disc drives really suck on the iMac G3. They failed all the time. That could be the issue, too.
     
  5. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    With 128MB of RAM, it would be slow as molasses. Of course, any version of X running with 128MB will be slow.

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    I think all 500MHz above had DVD, just a sec, lemme check.

    EDIT: There was a 500 model w/out DVD. What color is your iMac?
     
  6. adventous thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi thanks for your replies!!

    It is graphite, i still have the original box and it says DVD Rom on its list of specifications!

    Firmware is 4.1.9!!

    When I hold C on the restart, it sometimes gets caught on a file thumbnail and a ? in the middle and it switches between that and a smiling man until I let go then it boots back to desktop!

    Startup disk does not recognise the Cd only the hard drive! = /

    I will try it with Option at boot!
     
  7. justperry macrumors 604

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    True, my Pismo had 384 MB and it was OK but not that good.

    If you get a ? it tells you it can not find an OS, probably can't read the disc.
     
  8. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    I have the same model.

    I'm wondering: are doing this for the heck of it, or are you using it for something?
     
  9. adventous thread starter macrumors newbie

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    For the heck of it!

    I purchased another G3 off of ebay, for £20, which is running 10.4 Tiger perfectly =]
     
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  11. Umbreon macrumors newbie

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    adventous, what kind of Panther disks are these? For your iMac, I believe you'll need the retail version. What you don't want are the machine-specific OS X disks that have gray background and refer to specific models--these can't be used in other models.
     
  12. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    Correct. Even my DP 1.8 G5 came with 10.2.
     

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