First issue: I am stuck with this system, cannot afford any upgrades.
Second issue is just a request for information.
The now-five-years-old internal HD started to show signs of instability (struggled with backups via SuperDuper etc). So I assigned Startup Disk to one of three external HDs (two 500G, one 160G (I am unable to edit my gear profile here for some reason)).
First time I'd done this, and everything appears to work fine.
I noticed that I needed to replace the Aliases in the Dock, so that apps would launch from the Startup Disk and all work going forward gets done here. I'm content to never access the internal HD again (it's old and too small at its max 160G size).
I further noticed that the Finder and Dashboard aliases are not replaceable as I did the above alias swaps. Is the fact that I've changed the Startup Disk enough to ensure that the Finder is operating on the new Startup and not the old, dying internal HD? Or am I misunderstanding the procedure to begin with?
Just want to completely bypass the internal without disconnecting it outright. Just trying to confirm if I am already doing that.
Am I missing anything basic?
Thanx in advance.
But some very mysterious thing is at work, & despite my efforts am unable to repeat it or figure out what it may be.
Still, 2 things... I think 7you may have a "workaround", secondly we need to see why disconnecting the internal drive doesn't a;;ow Option key booting from the FW drive!?
What Firmware version do tou have, does it need an update?
At the Apple Icon at top left>About this Mac, then click on More Info, then click on Hardware> and report this upto but not including the Serial#...
Model Name: eMac
Model Identifier: PowerMac6,4
Processor Name: PowerPC G4 (1.2)
Processor Speed: 1.42 GHz
Number Of CPUs: 1
L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
Memory: 2 GB
Bus Speed: 167 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.9.2f1