• The development of any software program, including, but not limited to, training a machine learning or artificial intelligence (AI) system, is prohibited using the contents and materials on this website.

help with G3 imac


Forum Addict
Jun 4, 2004
Melbourne, Australia
00' Subaru Forester GT
I just bought a new iMac!

however, I ran into some problems, because I bought an OSless iMac, it means I have to run out and buy a new OS and install it, there are a few problems though... first of all, I wish to install the latest OS X on my computer, or at least Panther... but then I need to first install OS 9 to run a firmware update. My question is that if I buy a copy of OSX Panther or Tiger, does it have OS9 bundled into it or do I have to buy the 2 copies seperately? and the second question is, my Mac is a slot-loading normal CD drive and I believe the OSX tiger installation disc is a DVD disc... is there anyway I can get around that?
This might help:


it looks like you'll need a copy of 9 first, but you can download that guilt-free if you're planning on buying OSX.

You can do that by going to, I don't know, www.isohunt.com and maybe typing in "Mac.OS.9.CD.Kit" or something like that. ;)
hmm.. maybe I'll try Panther then... but I don't know where I'm going to get hold of a Panther OS now, but does anyone know if I buy a panther, does it come with OS9?
i run tiger on a beige G3 266 mhz - it IS a$$ slow, but much faster than panther (so far, with each new os x release, the OS has gotten incrementally faster on older hardware) the big killer is ram-you simply want as much as you can get.

i also run tiger on a 2x2 ghz G5 at home, a G4 867 at work and my wife's company on a G3 (800 mhz) iBook, a 15" Powerbook, a 12" Powerbook, a 17" Powerbook and a 1.4 ghz G4 iBook. Sure, some are much faster than others, but overall the ugrade from Panther to Tiger was a great change.

OS 9 can be found pretty easy -


and older versions of OS X are cheap: