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#1 2018-01-12 04:06:27

logtail
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Registered: 2018-01-12
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What am I doing wrong?

I am a vintage video game nerd. I picked up a bondi blue imac from my friend's thrift store for 2 bucks. It came from a school system, so it can't be changed.
I wanted to reset everything, so I obtained a copy of os 9.2 from mac repository. It's an ISO file.
I burned it using poweriso, but the mac won't boot from it. It loads what's on there, then says this is not a disc the computer can read.
Then I tried with a usb drive. Same thing, but this time it read it, but showed everything in the folder with PC on the icons.
I've wasted like 12 CDRs on this thing- what am I doing wrong?

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#2 2018-01-14 17:36:01

ClassicHasClass
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From: Electron Alley
Registered: 2014-05-26
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Re: What am I doing wrong?

The iMac G3 won't boot from a USB drive.

On the CD-ROM, stupid question: did you burn the ISO, or did you burn the ISO *as a file*?

It's also possible the iMac has a damaged CD drive. Does it read other CDs?

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#3 2018-01-16 18:47:44

logtail
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Re: What am I doing wrong?

It does have a broken cd drive. I have removed the HDD and will attempt a burn of the system files using an IDE to USB adapter. Not spending 45 bucks on a 2 dollar computer for a used CD drive.

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#4 2018-01-17 13:20:15

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Re: What am I doing wrong?

Is it a slot loading drive or a tray loading?  Neither should be very expensive:

Tray loading CD-ROM for $2.70 plus shipping

Slot loading CD-ROM for $17.99 with free shipping


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#5 2018-01-19 05:19:00

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Re: What am I doing wrong?

Did you burn the discs using a Windows PC?  You shouldn't be seeing "PC" on the icons if the iso was interpreted correctly.  It sounds like the iso was either created wrong before you got it or is being translated when it shouldn't be by your burning program.  A properly created iso image should hold all its original content and not be altered by the burning process normally even when using a PC to do it.  Some programs do need 'tinkering' with settings though.  A disc with only one session that shows "PC" on all the icons when loaded on the Mac desktop should not be possible to boot at all because the Mac thinks it's an MS-DOS/FAT format.

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