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    Dec 02, 2011
    Boot osx on G3 Powerbook
    Hi everyone!

    Pardon my ignorance as until recently I hadn't used a Mac extensively since the first iMacs that my middle school had.

    I have a G3 Powerbook (Wallstreet) that has OSx 10.3 installed on it. Iirc, last time I was messing around with it I set it into os9 compatibility mode or some such. Now the computer only boots os9.

    How do I get it back to OSX? I tried holding cmd and x on startup but it just boots os9.

    Also, anyone know of a wifi card still sold for these things?


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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade Drive, OS X.13.4
    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    If the hard drive is over 8GB, it was necessary to partition the hard drive when you installed Panther OS X.3. When booted go into Disk Utility and see what is reported regarding the OS X partition. Maybe holding down Option on boot will give you the opportunity to boot into OS X.

    As far as Airport cards go, they take the Original Apple Airport Card which is version 802.11b so it would be pretty slow and unable to access WPA networks.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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