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CatOne Feb 17, 2003 07:15 PM
Old Power Computing PowerTower 180c
Hi,

I have an old one of these -- it was running Mac OS 8.1 but I screwed it.

A couple questions:

1) How can I force it to boot from CD so I can run the installer?

2) Could this thing run OS 9.1 or is it dead before that? Trying to decide whether to fix it up and give it away or to just chuck it in the rubbish bin.
 
Rabid Duck Feb 17, 2003 08:54 PM
Re: Old Power Computing PowerTower 180c
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1) How can I force it to boot from CD so I can run the installer?
Just restart with the CD inserted and hold down the C key.
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2) Could this thing run OS 9.1 or is it dead before that?
Officially it only supports up to OS 8.x, but OS 9.1 will work fine, provided you give it enough RAM.

--RD
 
CatOne Feb 18, 2003 01:56 PM
Re: Re: Old Power Computing PowerTower 180c
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Originally posted by Rabid Duck:
Just restart with the CD inserted and hold down the C key.
Officially it only supports up to OS 8.x, but OS 9.1 will work fine, provided you give it enough RAM.

--RD
:( That doesn't seem to work... I tried with C down, with command-C down, with option-C down, with control-option-command-escape down, and with the mouse down. Nothing works.

I may just chuck her in the trash. I don't have use for it, and I was gonna give it to a friend but if it takes me 6 hours to get up and running it's easier to just chuck it :(
 
willed Feb 19, 2003 10:33 PM
I have a Performa 6400/180. it runs OS 8.6 very well. 9.1 shouldn;t be a problem but don;t quote me on that.
 
Napier Feb 20, 2003 12:54 AM
Re: Re: Re: Old Power Computing PowerTower 180c
Holding down the C key down doesn't work on PowerTowers

Try this, HOLD down the Command, Option, Shift, and Delete keys on the keyboard all at the same time, to start from the CD.

Good Luck
 
randymc Feb 21, 2003 02:37 PM
OS 9.1
It will run 9.1 just fine. randymc
 
bradoesch Feb 21, 2003 05:02 PM
Re: Re: Re: Re: Old Power Computing PowerTower 180c
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Originally posted by Napier:
Holding down the C key down doesn't work on PowerTowers

Try this, HOLD down the Command, Option, Shift, and Delete keys on the keyboard all at the same time, to start from the CD.

Good Luck
Does this make the computer ignore internal drives just at startup or for the duration of using the computer?
 
tooki Feb 21, 2003 09:30 PM
Don't throw it out!

That is a very desirable machine, since it's easily upgradeable and has built-in SCSI and plentiful PCI.

tooki
 
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