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I have a serious issue with one of the older G3 imacs, (one of the straight iMac models, slot loading).

It had some issues a few years ago and hasnt really been used since then but i came to fix it recently and was going to install everything back onto the computer, but found it didnt even have a location i coulf install to, and gave me instructions to mount a valid volume for software installation. How do i do that? Basically, my hard disk seems to have disappeared or something.

Once i have done this is there any efficient way of completely wiping the computer and all of its miserable problems and starting again completely from scratch so i can rebuild something which vaguely resembles a computer?

Thanks

Edited by cartzz, 22 April 2006 - 12:36 AM.

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Which verson of the Mac OS are you using?
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Mac OS 9.0.4, sorry cant believe i left that out
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I have an easy fix, if you have access to another machine. Macs can boot as a firewire drive, and you can install from there. I have 2 G3 iBooks, and one doesn't even have a DVD drive. The trouble then becomes installing off the OS X DVD. You can wipe everything from there and do a fresh install.

If you boot from the install disc, it will allow you to choose a drive to install to. Then you can choose the drive on your machine, and go from there. (You do have OS X right? I mean to install with?)

[of course, this is all assuming you aren't trying to save any data. If you just want a fresh install, then this will work. (otherwise I'll get you a different fix, and we can go from there.) ]
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I dont actually have OS X, i run off OS 9 discs...would it be worthwhile updating to OS X while i fix the problem?
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I would upgrade to the latest build of OS X Tiger. If you do a new install and still have the issue, we'll work on finding the fix.
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Is there a possiblity of getting a fix for OS 9? I just dont want to buy OS X tiger and then find out the computer is still screwed because it would be a waste of money.
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