I need some help. I've got a 333MHz beige G3 tower that I would like to get Jaguar running on, but I'm having a heck of a time. The machine is pretty basic -- original processor, original ATA CD-ROM drive, 288MB RAM, 60GB ATA HD, ATI 32MB video card, USB card, internal Zip drive -- but it absolutely refuses to boot up from an OS 10.2 installer disk.
I've tried everything I can think of; pulling out any and all 3rd party hardware, using an external SCSI optical drive, resetting the PRAM, resetting the CUDA switch, reseating the memory, and on and on... but it still won't boot from the installer disk. It will boot up from an OS 9 installer disk with no problem.
If I stick the disk in while in OS 9 it will mount, and when I double-click the installer I get the dialog box telling me to hit restart to begin the installation; that part never has worked, and I usually get an error about not being able to set the startup disk. I usually manually quit that, then reboot holding the C key.
When holding the C key it will read from the CD, reboot again (like it should) then it reads from the CD for a very short time then quits. The monitor comes alive for a second or two after it reads from the CD, but it goes to sleep again right away. And there it sits.
The weird thing is that I did install Jaguar on this particular machine once, but never ran it because I was trying to use an incompatible SCSI card & hard drive (tried to put a LVD SCSI disk on an Apple/ATTO card; the Jaguar installer would recognize it and install to it, but the system couldn't find it to boot from after the install finished.) I've installed Jaguar on several other beige G3's & had no problems whatsoever. This one though has me banging my head on my desk trying to figure out what the trouble is.
Anybody have a suggestion? I'd really like to use OS X on this dude.