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    Tampa, FL
    Installing OSX 10.4 on iBook SE 466...
    Hey guys, I scored a clamshell iBook G3 466MHz on craigslist for $75 and I'm trying to install OSX 10.4 with my CD version. I upgraded from 9.0.4 to 9.1 via the Apple download, then I ugpraded the firmware. It has a 10GB hard drive installed and the DVD-ROM (I think, that's what the 466 clammies came with), and I upgraded the memory to 320MB. When I try and boot to CD (hold down C button), it comes up with the flashing finder and question mark. When I hold down Option, it comes up with only the hard drive. It reads the CD and then doesn't display the OSX Install icon; only the hard drive. When I try and put the CD in while OS 9.1 is running, I can click Install Mac OS X, and then Restart, and I get an error message that says:

    An error occurred.
    "Startup Disk was unable to select the
    install CD as the startup disk.(-2)"

    I talked with Apple support and the OS9 support sent me back to OSX, etc, but the guy that was most helpful (I think...) told me that since my clammie has a DVD-ROM, I MUST install OSX with the DVD version and that the CD version will NOT work since I have a DVD-ROM. This doesn't make much sense to me, what about you guys? Can you think of any other solutions!?!


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    Nov 25, 2005
    Nova Scotia
    Hi I see your Question hasn't been answered. Well i recently bought a iBook clamshell too. I think the CD version wouldn't be a trouble--but you have to use xpostfacto to install Tiger on a clamshell(Xpostfacto)
    Your best bet would be Panther, thats what I am going to use.
    Quote Originally Posted by bubba View Post
    My wife's switching.... she just doesn't know it yet

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