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  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
    You will need to get OS 9 install disk and install OS 9.

    cornelius
  • corrytonapple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I will try to get some.
  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
    corrytonapple:
    Also, are these going to work?

    I don't know for sure which is the Full Retail Version, if any of them are. I would go with FastMac since the say it is compatible with All Mac G3s and G4s. If it does not work out you can get back to them. With eBay it all depends on the kind of seller you get, and, therefore a bit risky. If you are interested in any of the others, ask the seller whether it is the Full Retail Version and whether you can return it if it does not work.

    cornelius

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  • corrytonapple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I will keep looking! Is there a terminal code I could use? Could I hide OSX without booting? Is there anything like Toast but cheaper Are there no keyboard shortcuts that block OSX? Could I uninstall OSX without getting into OS 9 or OSX? I have also reseted the PRAM.
    Thanks
  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
    I am not sure what you want to do, so it hard to respond to your questions.
    Is there a terminal code I could use?

    For what?
    Could I hide OSX without booting?

    You mean with your computer turned off?
    Is there anything like Toast but cheaper

    Again, what do you wish to do? You can use Disk Utility or iTunes to burn disks. There utilities like Simply Burn and Burn that will burn CDs and DVDs but they require OS X.
    Are there no keyboard shortcuts that block OSX?

    Again, block OS X and do what? Do you have OS 9 installed and wish to boot into OS 9? If so, boot into OS X, then go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Startup Disk and select OS 9 and reboot. Anytime your boot your computer after that it will boot into OS 9. However, you must have OS 9 installed.
    Could I uninstall OSX without getting into OS 9 or OSX?

    Yes. You can boot from the install disk, either OS X or OS 9, then completely erase and reformat the HDD. That will get rid of everything.

    If you clarify what you wish to do, we can likely respond so that we might better help get you where you want to go.

    cornelius

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  • ali brown Level 7 Level 7 (26,465 points)
    corrytonapple,

    The best advice is in cornelius' Reply Here.

    The image below shows the location of the Serial #


    Once you have that, enter it in the text field for "Search Tech Specs' On This Page.

    Post the iMac specs here.

    ali b
  • corrytonapple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry for not being clear on everything. I just want to get back to OS 9.
    cornelius wrote:
    Is there a terminal code I could use?

    For what?

    To boot to OS 9 or hide OS X 10.2.

    Could I hide OS X without booting?

    You mean with your computer turned off?

    No, I mean make OS X 10.2 temporally go away so the computer only sees one OS.

    Is there anything like Toast but cheaper?

    Again, what do you wish to do? You can use Disk Utility or iTunes to burn disks. There utilities like Simply Burn and Burn that will burn CDs and DVDs but they require OS X.

    I mean to burn a bootable disc.

    Are there no keyboard shortcuts that block OSX?

    Again, block OS X and do what? Do you have OS 9 installed and wish to boot into OS 9? If so, boot into OS X, then go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Startup Disk and select OS 9 and reboot. Anytime your boot your computer after that it will boot into OS 9. However, you must have OS 9 installed.

    I can't get it to boot to OS X. Yes, I want to get to OS 9 and have OS 9 installed.

    Could I uninstall OS X without getting into OS 9 or OS X?

    Yes. You can boot from the install disk, either OS X or OS 9, then completely erase and reformat the HDD. That will get rid of everything.

    I don't have any install discs.

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  • corrytonapple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Here are the specs. Also correction to the above post: I have OS 9 Installed right now.
    iMac
    Order no.:M8546LL/A-Snow
    Processor: 600-MHz PowerPC G3
    Level 2 cache: 256K at 600 MHz
    Memory: (PC100 SDRAM) 128MB
    Hard disk drive: 40GB Ultra ATA
    Optical drive: CD-RW
    Graphics support: ATI RAGE 128 Ultra with 16MB SDRAM
    FireWire: Two ports
    USB: Two ports (12 Mbps each)
    VGA video mirroring: Yes
    Fax modem: 56K V.90
    Ethernet: 10/100BASE-T
    Wireless networking: AirPort ready

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  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
    corrytonapple:

    If OS 9 is installed on your HDD here are the options:
    • If OS 9 is ins talled on a separate partition from OS X you can boot holding down the Option key, then select OS 9 as startup disk.
    • If you are able to boot into OS X you can go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Startup Disk, select OS 9 and restart.
    • If you are able to boot from an install disk you can go to the Installer menu and select OS 9 as startup.
    If you do not have OS 9 installed, you will need to get an OS 9 Retail Version and install from disk to be able to has OS 9 on the disk, but I think we have discussed this earlier in the thread.

    cornelius
  • corrytonapple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I will buy a OS 9 disc, partition the hard drive, and remember that if I put a second OS on the computer I should create a separate partition for it. Also I will be hooking up the broken computer to the another white imac and use firewire target disc mode to compare system folders and look for damage.
  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
    I will be hooking up the broken computer to the another white imac and use firewire target disc mode to compare system folders and look for damage.

    If you are able to do this, and if both computers have the same version of OS X installed, launch Disk Utility on the host, select the Target computer and run Repair Disk on it. That may be able to sort our any directory issues and get it to start. It will, at least, give you an idea of what is wrong. Let us know how it goes.

    Getting the OS 9 disk and installing on a separate partition should enable you to Option boot into either OS 9 or OS X.

    cornelius
  • corrytonapple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the info. Currently, if you boot with the option key held down, it only shows the last picked OS. I'll post once the cable is bought and I have tried hooking them up.
  • corrytonapple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Here we are a month and a half later and it's fixed. My solution is in my other thread. Thanks to all who helped.
  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
    corrytonapple:

    Thanks for posting back with an update. I'll check out your other thread.

    cornelius
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