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After an insane amount of effort, OS X -Panther is installed on the old iMac

By Andrew Pollack on 09/23/2004 at 02:18 PM EDT

This is why working with Macs can be frustrating to PC people.

Here I am with a perfectly capable G3 iMac I found for $20. It came with 64mb and OS 9.0.

First, it took links from friends, and many hours to find out just what the machine was. Then, if it would run OS X at all. Finally, ordering OS X and getting it installed. To install it, I've had to update the firmware on the machine. To do that, I've needed to run OS 9.1 or higher. Apple wanted $20 to sell me OS 9 which I otherwise don't need. They don't offer a bootable OS9.1 or OS X cdrom so you can do the firmware upgrade.

After several hours of searching, I find that you can download the 9.0 to 9.1, and 9.1 to 9.2 updates in 10 minutes and be on your own. They don't tell you that on the website anywhere. They don't even tell you if you call Applecare and ask them how you can get a 9.1 bootable disk. Nope.


Anyway, at long last, the machine is now running with 256 megs of ram, OS X Panther, and I've purchased Appleworks, Tony Hawke's Skating, and WorldBook so that this machine will be functionaly the same as my newer eMac so I can give one to each of the kids. whew.

All this, so now I get a pair of 700mhz HP pc's back. I'll either put linux on them or sell them. I now have the two machines with nice Trinitron 17" monitors that in combo I can probably get a couple of hundred bucks each for.

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