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blue and white g3 will not boot os x cd

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have a blue and white G3 power mac - 40 gig hd, 256 megs ram - running 9.2.2 - want to install OS X on it - put the cd in startup and hold down C - nothing happnes, will not boot - tried holding down option as well - same thing happens - tried with an OS 10.0, 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3 CD - all the same thing - I assume it has something to do with firmware but not sure - can anyone help me?
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by:speyfisher
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Have you  selected CD-ROM under Startup Disk
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by:mrsmileyns
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yup - same thing - won't boot - it starts, the cd spins and the monitor turns off and it just sits there
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by:weed
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Is the firmware actually up to date?
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by:mrsmileyns
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I am not sure - I guess that is part of my question - how can I tell?  I have not updated it - how can I see what version it has?  How can I update it if need be?
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Use your System Profiler to determine the firmware version. Should be able to find new firmware at http://www.info.apple.com/support/downloads.html
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by:mrsmileyns
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is the firmware version where it says OS ROM version or something like that?
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by:weed
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On mine it says Boot ROM. May be different under 9 but that's probably it.
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by:mrsmileyns
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well - i went to the apple page - i found a page that had all firmware upgrades - it was for 10.2 but that was ok with me - downloaded the one i needed and ran it - said it was already up to date - wasn't sure what to do - tried my 10.3 cd again, same thing, nada - tried a 10.1.3 cd i had  - first time nothing, second wime it booted it - installed 10.1.3 - then booted 10.3 and installed it - very strange - any ideas why that may have happened?
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by:weed
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Nope. heh...dunno what else to say.
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by:mrsmileyns
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cool - thanks  :)
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by:scporter
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I found that in order for some g3's and g4's to boot into OS X, you must use either the original OS X system disk (not an option for you in this case) or a full retail version of OS X.  

Just thougth I'd pass this along.   Hope it might help
Steve
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by:mrsmileyns
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i figured out that the issue was actually a piece of fritzed out hardware - the cd rom flaked out - so it was sporadically reading some cd's and not others even after i got OS X loaded on it - swapped the CD drive and all is ok now
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