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Can't Install Panther cause it hangs on restart

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I have a Mac G3 (Beige) that is giving me problem with installing Pather. I currently have OS 9.2 installed. When ever I start the installation of panther from 9.2 I get an error stating that it can't change the startup device. I tried restarting it, and it hangs with a blank screen (no signal to monitor), no HD activity, and no chime. The only way I can get it to start is by unplugging the power cable and leaving it off for 5 min.When I finelly get it to start up, I try to have it boot from the Panther CD, and it restarts itself and hangs again. I've tried reseting the PRAM and that only fixes it for a short period of time. I get alot of restart problems with these beige G3s. Is there anything I can do to fix this. Such as a firmware upgrade? What is casuing it to hang after a restart?
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You most certainly have to perform a firmware upgrade (which must be done from 9.x)
on such an old Mac:
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86117

However Apple does not support Panther on any mac without built-in USB ports:
http://www.apple.com/macosx/upgrade/requirements.html

However a utility called XPostFacto allows you to install OS X on certain unsupported Macs:
http://eshop.macsales.com/OSXCenter/XPostFacto/Framework.cfm?page=XPostFacto3.html

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by:Albert1809
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Can I do a install of Panther or Jaguar on another Mac and switch the hard drive into the G3?
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by:chrisjasper
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To be honest, it would possibly work although you really are throwing it down to chance, but you shouldnt be installing Panther on that box anyway.
It is painfully slow on a B&W G3 with the necessary ports, cant imagine what it would run like on a beige G3.
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by:athapliyal
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First it depends on your mac configuration .It should be atleast 128 mb Ram and atleast 3gb free space.It is a Older mac so you have to update your fimware through PRESET the  RAm.Before installation OS X first format your hdd in Extended format and reinstall OS X.
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