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    Question IBook G3/500 needs update
    I have a old iBook G/3. 500mhz with 384 mb memory, I just wiped it and installed the original Mac OS 9.1....now I want to update the software to OSX but I can't remember which to use now....I have panther and the one after that (can't remember the name since it's been so long)
    Also would like to know if I can't go straight to 10.4.11 or if I have to go in order ??
    Also I did the Internet setup and see my wireless on there but it won't connect

    Any help would be appreciated !


    Thanks

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    OS 10.3 would probably be best...but OS 10.4 (Tiger) will run on it.

    No you don't have to install the OS 's in order...as long as the 10.4 install disk isn't an "update" disk (these do require a previous OS version to be installed).

    If OS 10.4 is what you want to install...just stick the install disk in...and go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    OS 10.3 would probably be best...but OS 10.4 (Tiger) will run on it.

    No you don't have to install the OS 's in order...as long as the 10.4 install disk isn't an "update" disk (these do require a previous OS version to be installed).

    If OS 10.4 is what you want to install...just stick the install disk in...and go for it!

    - Nick
    Thanks Nick !
    How about the Internet problem ?
    I see my name on there but it won't connect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Socalfem View Post
    Thanks Nick !
    How about the Internet problem ?
    I see my name on there but it won't connect
    Not sure about this...but consider that the issue could be with your router settings (not just the iBook)...unless other computers in your home have no issues connecting.

    Also consider that a 500mhz iBook will be using the wireless "b" protocol only. So if your router is not broadcasting a wireless "b" compatible signal...then your iBook won't "see" anything.

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    Wireless b ? It recognizes it because sees it and says the name. My ipad is connected fine

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    A G3 will only be able to connect via WEP. Will not connect with the much more secure WPA encryption.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    A G3 will only be able to connect via WEP. Will not connect with the much more secure WPA encryption.
    So what do I do ? Not sure I understand ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Socalfem View Post
    So what do I do ? Not sure I understand ....
    You have Mac OS 9 on your iBook right now correct? First, you should look into upgrading to OS X 10.3 or 10.4 before worrying about the internet issue, as working from OS 9 can be a headache.

    If you have a Black retail disk of both 10.3 and 10.4, you can choose which you want to install.

    OS X 10.3 "Panther" = Faster Performance overall.

    OS X 10.4 "Tiger" = Slower Performance, but more outdated software and apps.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MacDude121 View Post
    You have Mac OS 9 on your iBook right now correct? First, you should look into upgrading to OS X 10.3 or 10.4 before worrying about the internet issue, as working from OS 9 can be a headache.
    EXCELLENT reminder "MacDude121"...nice job!

    @Socalfem...like MacDude121 reminded us...if you currently have OS 9.1 installed on your G3 iBook...OS 9 really doesn't play real well with wireless networks (in my experience). Like MacDude121 also suggested...install OS X (10.3 or 10.4)...then lets talk about wireless connectivity if you're still having issues.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    EXCELLENT reminder "MacDude121"...nice job!
    Thank You.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    EXCELLENT reminder "MacDude121"...nice job!

    @Socalfem...like MacDude121 reminded us...if you currently have OS 9.1 installed on your G3 iBook...OS 9 really doesn't play real well with wireless networks (in my experience). Like MacDude121 also suggested...install OS X (10.3 or 10.4)...then lets talk about wireless connectivity if you're still having issues.

    - Nick
    Thanks guys...ok I upgraded to panther 10.3.5
    Now what ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Socalfem View Post
    Thanks guys...ok I upgraded to panther 10.3.5
    Now what ??
    Check to see if your Wifi works. If not, tell us what it's doing.

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