well i figured i would put this in the correct location, since my other help topic was not (http://www.applefritter.com/node/21093). If you will notice on the other topic page, the other day i was unable to get my computer to re-boot. however i thought i would give it another shot today. i removed the dead battery from the slot, and left the computer closed and plugged into the power adapter for a few hours, then booted it. everything worked just fine (this is all the old original hardware) except i was missing an os. so i booted it off of the original osx disk and it installed very very slowly, much slower than the first time a few weeks ago (never clocked it so i dont know for sure for comparison).
so here's my plan im going to wait till everything is finished and then install the new ram and make sure it boots, what if it reboots and the os is missing again? is that a bad hard drive or pram battery?
if this all works out, next i will install the new hard drive... making sure all my connections are seated properly- and pray it will boot off the original osx disk.
i am thinking all of my problems are due to a bad pram battery, because this computer is very old, and it sat in a filing cabinet for several years without power, and because the moment i had to perform a restart it could no longer remember it had and previous os.
what do you all think? am i on the right track? remember multiple heads are better than one.