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    iMac G3 Quandries!
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    Question iMac G3 Quandries!
    Hi All,
    I am new to this forum, but not to macs!

    I have have been given a 400mhz iMac G3, I have installed Tiger using the four CDs, But the problem with it is...

    That all the text and icons are all over the place, It also happened when installing tiger.

    I will post a Grab view of what I mean....

    It is really annoying,

    It has the newest firmware,
    OS 9/9.1 did not do this
    and it has all been updated using 'Software update'.

    It does this in the tiger installer too!
    I think its a graphics card problem but I can find drivers - ATI Rage 128 VR
    Thanks All!
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    Welcome to Mac-Forums, turkeytaken.

    Maybe someone else has a better idea of the problem but my guess would be that this might be a corrupted system font.

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    iMac G3 Quandries!
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    Thanks for the welcome!

    It does it with progress bars as well! (Look on the Update window). So not a font, Thanks anyway!

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    iMac G3 Quandries!
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    That's weird. I've never seen that. If you have a copy of OS 9, format the drive and try again. Have you tried installing 10.3? If so, did you have the same problem?
    I don't think it's a graphics card issue but it has to do with the drivers or something because it isn't shading properly or lining the text up properly. Can you update it?
    Bryan

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    iMac G3 Quandries!
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    It is Fully upto date,
    I have reinstalled and formated twice,
    and I will try and get a copy of Panther,

    I can't think of what it would be called, there probably is an answer but if you don't know what to search for!

    You saying about it not shading properly has made me think...

    What about if it is Core Image/Animation?

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    iMac G3 Quandries!
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    Does it do that at all resolutions? Try 800x600 if you are viewing it at 1040x768 and see if you have the same problem.
    It sounds dumb but apple says you need at least 320MB RAM. Maybe with less RAM it isn't rendering properly.
    Bryan

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    iMac G3 Quandries!
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    I have tried all resolutions, But to no avail...

    On the Apple website it says 256mb is good, enough - Which is what I have.

    I don't have any other SDRAM bigger than 128mb


    Thanks,

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    iMac G3 Quandries!
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    I've also tried swaping RAM, just encase it was dodgy!

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    iMac G3 Quandries!
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    Well, I don't know what to tell you. I will write back if I think of anything else. Bryan

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    iMac G3 Quandries!
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    Thanks for that!

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