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IceEnclosure Aug 18, 2004 02:01 AM
Lil Help here, 333MHz iMac, wiped drive, can't reinstall system
I've got a zeroed 6 gig drive that came from the iMac, but had been living in my G4 as a 2nd drive. I wiped it first while still in the G4, then installed OS 9 on it, and installed it in the iMac.. wouldn't boot, only from CD.

From the CD, it will install 8.6, 9.x, but then a restart won't allow the computer to boot from the newly installed system. the system is blessed.

when trying to 9.04 to 9.2 it said my firmware was 'out of date' and that I needed to install a new version.

it says the same thing in 8.6.

But, when booted from the CD, It won't allow me to update the firmware(located in the CD extras folder).. it says it 'can't update the firmware while started from a locked volume' ???

What's the best way to get this computer back to work?

ps.. if this didn't make enough sense, I can provide more info.
 
Eriamjh Aug 19, 2004 06:59 AM
It sounds like you are lacking the "OS9" drivers on the drive to boot.
You will have to reformat the drive, select "Install OS9 drivers", then reinstall the OS. Once installed (even with 8.6), update the firmware. the move up to the latest OS9 or OSX.
 
JMHammer Sep 9, 2004 04:20 PM
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Originally posted by Eriamjh:
It sounds like you are lacking the "OS9" drivers on the drive to boot.
You will have to reformat the drive, select "Install OS9 drivers", then reinstall the OS. Once installed (even with 8.6), update the firmware. the move up to the latest OS9 or OSX.
If he's running Mac OS X 10.3.x on his G4, he might not be able to use Disk Utility to install the Mac OS 9 drivers to the hard drive because Disk Utility no longer does so in some cases. Apple really is treating Mac OS 9, at least as a bootable system, as dead.

From MacInTouch:
"According to Apple, the check box for installing OS 9 drivers appears only when the machine on which Disk Utlity is running supports OS 9 booting. If you cannot boot the machine in OS 9, there is no option to install OS 9 drivers on any disk, internal or external."

I'm more concerned that he states that he installed 8.6 and 9 from the CD and it still won't boot. I'm assuming he means he installed it to the drive while it was inside the iMac and the iMac was booted from the CD. There should be an option to reinit the drive from the 8 or 9 install program, but perhaps IceEnclosure skipped that part. If that's not the problem, then I'm not sure where I'd go with it to try to get it to work.

John H
 
galarneau Sep 9, 2004 04:32 PM
DId you change any of the hard drives jumpers while you had it in the G4? Maybe set it to slave or something? Having the wrong setting might be making the IDE bus flaky.

I sometimes forget to set an IDE back to master or slave when I'm moving stuff around between computers. Anyway, just a thought.
 
holstien Sep 29, 2004 10:58 AM
I'd try refomatting the drive while booting from the OS 9 install cd, then installing OS 9. The OS 9 Drive Setup utility should install the OS 9 driver on the drive.

If your imac is new enough, you might also try installing a system folder on a firewire drive (like your ipod, if you have one...) and see if it will boot off of that..... It would let you update your firmware, although it may not move you any closer to getting the computer working.
 
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