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May 15, 2012 10:32 AM

Hi i got given a G3 imac..i use a MBP but trying to fix it up for a friend...I had to put a new hard drive in it which i have done but now i downloaded classic from the CD, the internet will not work and it says the settings are incorrect and to down load it again...that will obviously make no difference so any also bought a airport card, so wondering if i have to do anything to get this to work?




goal is to get tiger on it after doing the firmware update        currently loaded in OS9.0...most of the updates for firmware require 9.1 not sure if this is an important factor or not....



iMac, Mac OS X (10.4), iMac G3 2000 AD
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,005 points)
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    May 16, 2012 9:45 AM (in response to happyluck1)

    A lot of disconnected ideas here.  Let's work on one machine at a time. 

    Are you trying to network a MacBook Pro to an iMac running Mac OS 9.0?  If you are, you may want to look at this FAQ*:


    Mac OS 9 will not run on a MacBook Pro, neither will any of its applications, except maybe a few Carbon coded applications.  Also if the MacBook Pro is running 10.7, no PowerPC application will work on it.  Documents may be transfered but you have to make sure a supporting application that works with the MacBook Pro's operating system is present on the MacBook Pro.

    Mac OS X (10.7.3), * Links may give me compensation
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,005 points)
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    May 17, 2012 4:40 AM (in response to happyluck1)

    Generally a G3 iMac's Airport card is both too insecure, and too slow to add to existing networks, as it does not support WPA2, and does not support 802.11g or higher.    You are better off connecting the G3 via ethernet to the Wireless router's LAN port.  Or buying a wireless router bridge if that person has a second computer hooking up wirelessly via just a simple Airport Express connection.  If the person is more than 150 feet from the nearest house, they can use an old Airport Extreme base station wirelessly, and not worry about encryption if they aren't using any other computers.  You can upgrade it to 9.1, and even 9.2.2 if you so desire with links given here:

    1. First the firmware page:

    2. Then the Mac OS 9 downloads:

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,005 points)
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    May 19, 2012 6:40 AM (in response to happyluck1)

    After downloading the firmware, you forgot the most important step.  Install the firmware.  It won't auto-install upon downloading!


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