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#1 2017-04-17 01:32:27

Arewand463
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iMac G3 233 Rev A Bondi Blue Wont boot from replacement 20.0 GB WD200

I have an iMac G3 233 REV A (Tray Loader) Bondi Blue (Model M4984) and the factory 4 Gigabyte Quantum Fireball SE died (on drive controller failure, unknown cause, symptoms entail no disk spin-up and the main controller chips get extremely hot within seconds) Anyways, I booted from a Mac OS 9.2.1 CD (in another note, cd-rom is very finicky and flaky, doesn't work all of the time) After several reboots so it would finally boot, it was okay. Formatted the drive as Mac OS extended. Rebooted. And to my shock, with the CD removed and startup disk set to the Hard Disk, I got a no startup disk flashing folder. which dreadfully, I know to well. I installed about 3 times. Then I got a copy of Mac OS 9.2.2. And the cycle repeats. I also re-formatted the drive into 2 approx ~ 10 GB partitions. and STILL won't boot. I have had this machine since August 2016. Around June of 2014 I had a Powerbook G3 Wallstreet. And It kicked the bucket less than a year later. I had even traveled with that machine. Got It from a past teacher who had got It new in 1998 and It was like new. So it is to say I do have experience with OS 8 and 9. (some). And I had twice mastered the error type 119 (Adobe Type Manager) bomb. So I know some. But I need to fix this because this machine is my pride and joy of technology. And I love to show it to people. It just needs to be working anyways because I need it for upcoming projects. So please leave some Tips and hopefully I get this figured out soon enough.

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#2 2017-04-17 03:51:27

LCGuy
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Re: iMac G3 233 Rev A Bondi Blue Wont boot from replacement 20.0 GB WD200

A couple of things:

- With the tray load iMac (and the Beige G3) bigger drives should be partitioned into at least two partitions, with an 8GB partition at the beginning of the drive which the OS must be installed on, otherwise the machine will not boot

- The drive must be set to Master, I don't believe these machines support Cable Select.

As for the CD-ROM, if you can't find another iMac specific drive, if you pop the little board off the back you'll find that its a normal laptop ATAPI drive, just about any drive scavenged out of an old PC laptop will work, even if it looks ugly.

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#3 2017-04-17 18:33:11

Arewand463
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Re: iMac G3 233 Rev A Bondi Blue Wont boot from replacement 20.0 GB WD200

I do have a combo drive from a G4 mac mini and it seems to power it but i don't know if it fully works
But no luck so far, it was set to slave, and I fixed that, put it on master, but it made no difference. and I created 2 7 gig partitions and a 4 gig partition

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#4 2017-04-17 18:59:21

Arewand463
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Re: iMac G3 233 Rev A Bondi Blue Wont boot from replacement 20.0 GB WD200

Did not work and I tried everything

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#5 2017-04-20 20:51:07

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Re: iMac G3 233 Rev A Bondi Blue Wont boot from replacement 20.0 GB WD200

I'd probably suggest trying another hard drive, preferably a different brand, if you have one lying around. I had a multitude of issues with IDE hard drives my 233mhz iMac (and to a lesser degree with my B&W Tower) that would just go away if you tried a different HD. It's been a *long* time but I remember having decent luck with Quantum and Maxtor drives, less success with WD and Seagate, and they *hated* Fujitsu and IBM drives. A 20GB WD might actually be one of the exact size/brand combinations that gave me grief, come to think of it.


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