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5843 Views 29 Replies Latest reply: Mar 11, 2009 10:25 AM by fall0317
Mac program files on the Internet are normally encoded MacBinary (.bin) or BinHex (.hqx) for protection. Sometimes they are just compressed (StuffIt = .sit). Use StuffIt Expander for the decoding and/or decompression (drag the file onto the StuffIt Expander icon).
Unfortunately, the browsers capable of running under Mac OS 9.x are not going to work well with all web pages. iCab could possibly be an alternative worth trying.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2009 2:13 PM (in response to fall0317)okay so for one its not bondi blue, its sea green or something of that sort, and two its got a front loading cd-rom but not the tray loading one. i downloaded icab, but my surfing is limited (i had to install it by flash drive, bc ie wouldn't open the website) i am thinking about upgrading to osx10.4 ... should i add some memory?imac g3, Mac OS 9.2.x
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2009 2:37 PM (in response to fall0317)
i am thinking about upgrading to osx10.4 ...
It is very important to carry out the appropriate firmware update before attempting to install any Mac OS X version.
should i add some memory?
Yes, as much as possible. For example, this article could perhaps be of interest.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2009 2:46 PM (in response to fall0317)Hi,
The easiest and best way to find the correct memory modules is probably to buy from a supplier specialised in products for Macintosh computers (this company is merely an example, not a recommendation).
Bear these two points in mind :
If you could find a copy, then OS 10.2 (Jaguar) will run comfortably in your iMac with maxed out RAM. It will seem quite slow compared to OS 9.2.2, but you will be much better off for browsers and email clients.
OS 10.4 (Tiger) needs a minimum of 256MB RAM but wouldn't comfortably in less than 500MB, and prefers 1GB to feel really smooth.
Your iMac can "officially" be maxed out to 512MB RAM so could run Tiger. "Unofficially" (unsupported by Apple, but with a machine of that age that is a fact anyway!) it could take two 512MB modules and therefore have 1GB RAM, and would therefore run Tiger comfortably.iMac G5 17" 1.5Gb RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2009 8:19 AM (in response to christopher rigby1)thank you for letting me know that. i have ordered some additional memory, but do not intend to replace the ram unless i need to. i ordered osx10.1 also, do i still need to do the firmware update before i install? also, do you think that will give me better surfing and e-mail? thanksimac g3, Mac OS 9.2.x
Yes, you must do the firmware updates before attempting to run Mac OS X or even boot the OS X CD.
10.1 has issues, and very few here will be able to help you with it. It will introduce you to Mac OS X, but 10.2 is probably the oldest Mac OS X worth owning.Beige G3,G3 B+W,G4/867,G4/dual 1.25 MDD, Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier, and 9.2, 10.4 and Server - LW IIg, LW 4/600, ATalk ImageWriter LQ
When you install 10.2, make sure you run the Software Update to bring it up to 10.2.8 - you need that upgrade for most software that still runs in 10.2, plus that last upgrade introduced Security to OS X, which didn't exist before.iMac G5 17" 1.5Gb RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
Start here, and follow the links for your iMac. I think yours may be a slot loading CD (as opposed to the original tray-loading CD).
HT1935- Mac OS X: Available firmware updates
It is a wise move to PRINT OUT the step-by-step directions when you actually go to update the firmware. The procedure seems straightforward at first reading, but is just a little bit tricky.Beige G3,G3 B+W,G4/867,G4/dual 1.25 MDD, Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier, and 9.2, 10.4 and Server - LW IIg, LW 4/600, ATalk ImageWriter LQ
okay, so the clamshell is taken care of, running great.... but when i insert the instill cd into my imac, it wants to give me problems... it spits it back out at me for one and then it gives me the computer with the question mark, when i take the disc out it loads 9.2.2??? i downloaded the firmware, actually it says it was up to date... so now what? the install disc worked on the clamshell. what am i doing wrong? i am holding down 'c' as the disc says... please help asap!!!imac g3, Mac OS 9.2.x
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2009 6:04 PM (in response to fall0317)Did you get anywhere near a solution to your problem? I myself have an iMac
G3 400 which I added 512 more memory to...but alas that didn't seem to help
the fact that I really need a new browser since the Explorer 5 that came
with my Indigo mac hasn't been supported since 2005. Anybody know what
browser would be a good replacement: Also, how do I install? I tried upgrading
to OS X, but ran into a wall here because my CD front-loader slot (single)
couldn't do the necessary job. Any suggestions from anybody out there?
Can't afford new computer just yet and trying to get all I can out of this
Thximac G3, Mac OS 9.1.x, added 512 memory