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Mac OS 9 will NOT install on 350MHz iMac

360 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Oct 29, 2012 11:56 PM by Rambling Joe RSS
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Oct 29, 2012 10:26 PM

recently i acquired an old imac g three, and it has 256mb of ram and it had a password set on it so i decided to format the disk and installed 10.2 on it. turns out in order to install panther i need to install the firmware update so i have to make a partition of os 9 and install it. problem is the computer will NOT RECOGNIZE THE DISC. i have tried holding c, holding option, and formatting at least three times (while checking install mac os 9 drivers) to install the outdated abandonware and IT DOES NOT WORK.



could it have to do with the pram battery being out? i know some people who have this problem however. it's very annoyig and i just want to get this thing back on its feet.


thank you if you can help.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.2.x) , 350mhz 10gb 256mb 8mb ati
  • Rambling Joe Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)
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    Oct 29, 2012 11:56 PM (in response to CrazyFreak)

    The 350 MHz iMacs built between Oct. 1999 and July 2000 (model identifier PowerMac2,1) originally shipped with OS 8.6.  These came in six colors:  Blueberry, Grape, Strawberry, Tangerine, Lime, and Graphite.  You need a full retail copy of OS 9 to install on this iMac.


    The 350 MHz iMacs built between July 2000 and Feb. 2001 (model identifier PowerMac2,2) did ship with OS 9.0.4.  These came five colors:  Indigo, Ruby, Sage, Snow, and Graphite.  You'd need an OS 9 original disk for these machines or a full retail copy of OS 9 to install on it.


    Apple made hardware specific original OS install disks for each model of iMac that shipped.  If you put these original disks in a machine that didn't have the correct hardware, they wouldn't work.  So you may have a copy of OS 9 that was shipped with a different version of the iMac you have. 


    You can check eBay for retail copies of OS 9.


    All that being said, it might just be the PRAM battery.


    Good luck.


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