Wbich Restore Disk Do I Need?

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  1. In-Correct macrumors member

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    :apple: ibook G3 700 mhz 12 inch ... dual usb ? :confused:

    I have a completely dead :apple: G3 iBook. It has the Blinking Question Mark
    Of Death. I was able to access it with another :apple: iBook using Target Disk
    Mode and I was even able to boot from the "external" disk, but the
    ibook istelf does not want to boot from the disk. I have already tried
    PRAM Reset.

    I don't know where my :apple: Mac OS 9 disc is. :rolleyes:

    I am going to have to buy another disc. but these are getting hard to find. :mad:

    I want to expand my search. Should I include restore discs? Which
    restore disc do I need? What is the ID number on the restore discs? Do
    they have to say "iBook G3 12 inch Restore Disc" on them, or can I use
    other restore discs?**I have seen compatibility charts for these
    restore discs. Also let me know if there are any other options. :confused:
     
  2. adamj575 macrumors 6502

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    I may have os9 disc...I think it would work on this...since it came out after the imac did...pm me if interested...
     
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  4. In-Correct thread starter macrumors member

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    Re:

    I forgot to mention this. But the OPTION key at startup reveals the name of the internal hard drive. pressing the --> does nothing. It still flashes the Question Mark Of Death. :mad:

    The question mark is on a diskette. not a purple folder. This probably means it requires a disc. However, I am not very confident that even a disk will work because so far every attempt has failed. :rolleyes:

    I like the idea about using that cloning utility. That would be nice as the only Mac OS X I have is installed on a 400 mhz 1GB G3 iMac. It has Fire Wire on it. But the target disk mode will NOT work anymore on any computer I have connected to it so far. I even unplugged it and pulled out the battery. :confused: I think that the

    surge from plugging in the imac G3 (it has a CRT Monitor) fried the hard drive on the ibook g3. So I can't clone it and I probably can't do anything else.

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    You may have one? :confused: I will try to PM you if I can't find another on ebay. I hate auctions. I was outbid again. :mad: I knew these are very hard to find discs.
     
  5. adamj575 macrumors 6502

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    I think mine is os9.2? I can remember...I know it was the final version of os9
     
  6. jrsx macrumors 65816

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    That would be OS 9.2.2.
     
  7. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030

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    The blinking question mark on a diskette means nothing except theres no OS or the System Folder is corrupted. The machine will only boot via FireWire and CD, and the last version of Mac OS to ship on diskette was 8.0 (which was very rare). The only reason it shows the diskette versus a folder like the Intel Macs is the firmware. Nothing to worry about.

    For that machine to run OS 9, it needs the original restore disk. Since OS X was preinstalled along with OS 9 on the machine, it needs a special build of OS 9 to install. I'd just recommend some flavor of OS X. 10.0 won't run, 10.1 needs the restore disc, so I'd do 10.2-10.4. For these, Panther (10.3) and Tiger (10.4) work great.

    Also note the model you have suffers from the BGA problem on the GPU. Try not to stress the machine too much otherwise the GPU will start breaking away and cause bad video.
     
  8. In-Correct thread starter macrumors member

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    Which Restore Disc Do I Need:

    Sorry about the typos in the thread title. :eek:

    pressing OPTION still displays the internal hard drive. I have been clicking on the --> but still the Diskette Of Death. :rolleyes: Should I have clicked on the Hard Drive Icon before clicking the --> :confused:

    I was about to ask that same question. I have various desktop DVD drives and I used to have a Fire Wire adapter. The dead :apple: ibook has a CD drive so if I get another Fire Wire adapter Can I boot a DVD from this?

    Unfortunately I still can't find my Mac OS 9 Installation Disc. I also can't find my Clam Shell Restore Discs, which includes a Mac OS 9 on it. I am finally getting organized, :p and I am finding other things I lost. :D I was able to find a DVD (which is why I am asking about the Fire Wire and an external DVD drive) but the DVD is a grey Tiger G4 Recovery DVD. I never had any G4 until recently. :) I got it for MorphOS. :cool:

    I got the DVD from a while ago for a Blue and White which is G3 not G4. The ebay seller said it would install with XYZ Etc. which included G3 systems. After the Blue And White G3 exploded, :eek: I salvaged the DVD Drive, connected it to a PATA to Fire Wire (or USB because it had USB ports too) adapter, and installed Tiger on one of my imac G3s. Somehow I was able to copy Mac OS 9.2.2 onto it and successfully boot from either.

    Do you think I should get another Fire Wire adapter and boot from the DVD Drive?

    And if the G4 Tiger DVD won't work, what is the name and ID Numbers for the restore discs that I need to begin the impossible online search for? :confused:
     
  9. gavinstubbs09, Mar 11, 2014
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    That's good you see the name of the hard drive, which means it's there and you can install a OS to it. Throw another mac in TDM for access to the disc drive.

    What I would recommend doing (depending on your RAM amount) is find a retail DVD of Panther or Tiger on ebay and installing that.
     
  10. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030

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    I'm not sure if you can do that. You might be able to, but I've never tried it. I've always done Target Disk Mode if I needed a DVD drive. Works fine.

    It showing in the selection menu is a good thing. It means the System Folder is corrupt and the drive is most likely fine.

    Don't break your neck looking for the Clamshell CDs, they won't work. The very last Clamshell used 9.0.4, and you need a special build of 9.2.2 to get it on there. You either need the original disc to this iBook, or install a newer version of OS X.
     

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