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    Mar 06, 2009
    G3 no boot manager
    I've got a Power Mac G3 and I want to install linux onto it however I'm having some problems. Everyone says hold down C or Option to load a "Boot Manager" but when I turn my mac on nothing happens, I've tried everything including T for firewire mode but it just skips and starts tiger. The disk appears once tiger has loaded but I can't access the disk at boot up.
    Weirdly though I was able to get something before when I did this. It was a question mark in a folder blinking which then disappeared 10s later. So I tried resetting the PRAM and that was successful but now the folder doesn't show up and i'm back to nothing.
    What can I do to fix this?
    I just need to be able to boot from the internal CD drive or preferably and external USB DVD drive.
    Your help would be very much appreciated,

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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11.1.
    Well give up on the USB as only Intel Macs are bootable from USB and then USB2. PowerMacs will boot only from Firewire external drives. To boot from an install disc, pop the disc in and reboot.

    Immediately after the chime, hold down the 'C' key until loading commences and then you will have booted from the install disc.

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    Mac SK's Avatar
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    Oct 21, 2006
    If your done with OS10 it may be easier to wipe the drive"reformat it" then
    install Linux. Make shure your Linux version is for Powermacs.

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