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I made a bootable PPC version of the Ubuntu distro for an old Bondi Blue G3 iMac that I've got, and when I try to boot off of the cd, I hold down C while the computer is booting and it gives a bluish/grey screen for about 8 seconds and then has the mac questionmark folder and sits on that for as long as I leave the power on. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, the keyboard and all that works otherwise.
The only thing that I have done to the computer is replace the original 4 gig hard drive with a 30 that has no OS on it. The original 4 gig had OS 8.2 on it, if that helps at all.
Someone with some experience in this please help me out here, I would appreciate it very much.
The folder with the question mark means that the mac cannot find a valid drive to boot from.
The procedure you are using (holding the c key down during boot) is the correct way to force the iMac to boot from the cd.
Could it be a keyboard problem? The early iMac keyboards are notoriously crappy.
If you could borrow a Mac boot cd from someone, maybe you could find the problem. Otherwise, you could try putting the old drive back in (yes, I know how much of a pain it is to swap hds on bondi iMacs ).
Sounds like a good plan. My only concern about booting panther is that OS X is ram hungry. It will hardly run on 128 Mb, runs okay on 256, fine on 512, loves 1 Gb (I'm currently on a Tibook with 1 Gb). But, just being able to boot from the cd should tell you if the cd drive is ok.
The hd should be fine, I just didn't know if you had a working copy of Mac OS available.