Bypassing Panther Setup

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Bypassing Panther Setup

Is there any way to bypass the initial setup that Panther opens after you install? I don't want to fill it out because I'm selling the computer and I want to install the updates but I can't fill in the user info because I don't know who is buying it (I'm selling it at a computer).

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Don't think so

I'm really doubting the possibility of being able to bypass the SA. OS X uses that to set up an account on the computer, meaning without an account you can't use the computer. MacAddict had an article or something on how to make the assistant come back up after you've used it previously or something like that. I think it's just a little preference you delete or whatnot. I'll check and let you know.

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Oops.

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(I'm selling it at a computer)

Haha, I forgot to add "show". I'm selling it at a computer show. I really hope I can get past the damn thing, because without the 10.3.6 update, the video card only has 16 colors. Plus I wanted to install Office v.X

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re: Bypassing Panther Setup

you can quit out of the part where it asks for your name and address (just hit cmd-Q), but you do have to create a login to boot to the desktop. Just create a generic sort of initial account name, I usually use "Macintosh" . . . heh heh, real creative! I also usually put the actual password into the 'hint'.

A better solution however would be to startup from another bootable disk from which you can do the updates. That way you'll have a clean, unused system which the buyer can set up as they want.

Hmm, I'm assuming the updater will update an unused system. Anyone know if that's true? Damn, unless one of y'all knows the answer, now I gotta go try that out for myself!

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Nertz!

I unpowered my Quicksilver's main HD and then did a quick clean Panther install onto the second drive, which is attached to a SIIG PCI adapter. Then I plugged the main HD back in, rebooted from that and installed the 10.3.6 update onto the clean 10.3 volume.

Then I restarted and tried to boot to the second HD but it hung at the initial grey Apple screen. Now I don't know if there's an issue with booting to the SIIG card, or if the unused-but-updated system is just confused or something - I've never booted to a drive on that card before . . .

Yeesh!

LOL! - hth (or something) Blum 3
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newfangled hoohah

It won't even get to the point I can get verbose (cmd-v) outa the damn thing! It just sits there like a lox.

Is there some sort of unix whamma-jamma one needs to do to switch between systems? I mean, classic Mac OS is soooooo easy to switch between systems and this newfangled hoohah is still too damn mysterious to me.

dan k

ps- I can still boot fine from my original drive, so this is just an exercise in . . . errrr, fun . . . sorta

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answer = yes - IF you have a second boot drive

It took a night's sleep to figure what it needed. I booted back to the Panther CD and ran Disk Utility to fix permissions. It then booted right up to a brand new virgin install of 10.3.6, pesky name-and-address request and all.

So to recap, the procedure (that worked for me) is to do the initial 10.3 installation, then boot to a second drive with 10.3.x on it so I could run the 10.3.6 combo updater, and finally reboot to the CD to fix permissions with Disk Utility.

Now I know and so do y'all. Biggrin

Why'd I bother? In the past when I've sold Macs I've routinely just installed a (classic) Mac OS, but I hate to have any of my own setup on items for sale. This way I'll be able to build a stock generic X boot volume with a virgin up-to-date system and then simply clone that to new target drives with a minimum of fuss and bother.

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Thanks for your help! I compl

Thanks for your help! I completed the process successfully, except I didn't need to repair the permissions after updating the drive to 10.3.6. I rebooted fine by itself.

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