Duo problem

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I have a powerbook duo 280, that I bought a few months ago and was very glad to have. Now all the sudden I turn it on and it says "illegal instruction" before it can boot up. It says to turn extensions off, so I do, then it says "bus error".

It's probably a system problem, but I can't find a system 7.5 disk ANYWHERE! I CAN'T FIND A SINGLE 7.5 BOOT DISK!

well anyway, do you think that's the problem? Is there something I should try that doesn't involve the boot disk?

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7.5 is easy to get

Apple has every version from 7.5.5 and earlier available for free download from their support page at http://www.info.apple.com/support/oldersoftwarelist.html . Give it a whirl and you'll be good to go.

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been there

beleive me, that was the first place I looked. I downloaded the 19 system 7.5 images, only to find that they make a CDROM image when put together, which is useless to me since the duo has only floppy. then I tried downloading the 7.5.5 update, because the first disk might be a boot disk, right? Well, no matter how many times I download it, and no matter how many different disks I try, the file is always corrupted and won't transfer becaue of a "disk error" when I try to copy it to my powermac (I transfer the files from a PC that is connected to the internet).

It's been quite a headache.

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Do you have another computer

Do you have another computer to write the floppy with? Gamba's home page has a link to a 7.5.5 boot floppy. http://home.earthlink.net/~gamba2/

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WOW!

Thank you very much Tyler! I think this is exactly what I needed! I don't think I could have ever found this great little website. I will try these boot disks tonight.
Thank you!
-John

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They work!

Yes, my powerbook duo booted right up from the disk. Thank you for the help.

I ran mac check to see what my hard disk problem is, but it wouldn't really tell me. One of my system files is messed up. I guess I'll just reinstall. *sigh*

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Hold down the Shift key. That

Hold down the Shift key. That will load it all up, w/ out the extensions.