Apologies in advance for my thoroughness and bluntness and bitterness in this post, it's just that I've tried (what I think) is everything out there to try, except for a few things which I'll mention. I'm exhausted!
I'm having trouble getting OS X installed onto my iMac G3 slot-loading 'Snow' model. (600mhz, 1GB RAM, 60GB HDD with USB, Firewire etc, from Summer 2001)
Everything works fine with the first install CD, but it throws a kernel panic on 'Step 2' of the installation (not sure if this is right before it asks for the second CD, or if its still somewhere during the read of the first CD).
- The CDs are the retail 'black' edition discs, and were shrink-wrapped brand new, so I'm ruling them out
- Additionally it has no problems reading from other CDs, including real Audio CDs, burnt CDs, etc, so I'm ruling out the disc drive.
- I have updated the firmware (this is a common problem)
- I can install OS 9 from a burnt CD just fine
- OS 9 itself seems to work fine, have had no crashes at any point when running it
- I have tried every variation of installation, including reinitialising the hard drive, installing on top of OS 9, on different partitions etc.
- I have tried many different key combinations on startup, cleared the PRAM and NVRAM, and a few others, no difference
Looking for any tips from anyone that may have run into similar issues so I can track this down faster. I'm suspecting its a hardware problem. This is what I will try next, in order:
- Zero-wipe the hard drive (this was recommended here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/511042)
- Replace the hard drive
- Replace the hard drive ribbon cable (this was brought up in another thread as a point of failure)
- Install onto a Firewire drive (to completely remove the internal IDE hardware from the equation)
- Remove a stick of RAM
- Replace all the RAM
- Smash with hammer.
Anything I missed? It's an awesome computer which would be even better with OS X.