> Hi everyone,
> Well, it looks like I won't be able to get a new machine for a while
> yet. So I'll just have to try and get OS X running on this ancient
Have you considered a *slightly* newer iMac, like 400 or 500 MHz ?
Quote:> I've got a 333MHz iMac, with 96 meg of RAM and a 6 gig hard drive (1.9
> gig free, though I can probably get rid of some stuff). It's currently
> running OS 8.5.1, because OS 9 for some reason doesn't run on it without
9.1 is a lot more stable that 9.0. But you probably have some
extension(s) that is/are incompatible with Mac OS 9.
Do you for instance have an old version of Norton AV ? After Dark ?
> Until I can get a new computer, I'm probably going to have to run OS X
> on it. I've got a few questions regarding this:
> 1. Can I install OS X on my computer from a CD which came with one of
> the latest G4 towers? (if the answer is "no", then don't worry about the
> other questions)
Provided that the CD is a Mac OS X Install CD, and not a software
restore CD, you can.
But you will need more RAM, and free up one more GB on the disk.
Quote:> 2. Can I do this without installing OS 9?
Not sure. To run Classic apps (which you will probably prefer to
rebooting) you need 9.1 or higher. You also may need to install a
firmware update, and I'm quite sure it requires 9.0 or higher to run.
But technically you don't have to have any Mac OS at all on the disk
to install Mac OS X. You can install it on a freshly formatted disk.
If the firmware is up-to-date.
Quote:> 2b. If not, can I get rid of OS 9 later from within OS X?
Yes, but IMO it's probably better to get rid of 8.5.1.
Quote:> 2c. Can I reinstall 8.5.1 and switch between OS X and 8.5.1?
I think so, but why should you ?
Quote:> 3. Will I have enough memory? (remember, I'm not running Classic
No. Minimum is 128 MB. And you *will* want to run Classic
(rather than switching) so you will want at least 256 MB.
Either 2*128 or 64+256 (tossing the 32 MB card).
Now, someone will probably tell you that Mac OS X *can* run with
only 96 MB RAM, but try the word "practical".
Quote:> 4. How can I optimise my OS X (make it faster, smaller and less RAM
To some extent. The installer lets you save some disk space.
Quote:> 5. Do I have to install a firmware upgrade to run OS X, and if so does
> this give me the ability to boot up off USB drives? (my CD-ROM drive is
> starting to give up on me)
You will probably have to install a firmware upgrade.
But I have never heard of any bootable USB drives.
FireWire, yes, but not USB. Someone enlighten us.