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Ibook g4 obviously missing a step
« on: February 24, 2020, 09:58:56 PM »
Hi there first post I have a single ibook g4 late 2004 14 inch. And I have used my tiger retail dvd to terminal partition with drivers and I have used ipic tool to make it register as as I book 4,3 and in the boot selection I have HD installed with panther and and restored macos9lives can see the install CD too and in panther disc utility all are boot able I have removed the extreme card as well but I still get grey screen with the CD and the HD boot.  Hoping that you can help Pete 🤞

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Re: Ibook g4 obviously missing a step
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2020, 01:17:39 PM »
Well I have made some progress with this and I have managed to get it to work I used the nvram and mac os rom to boot it up then I installed the graphics fix then I installed panther on the other partition with my ibook discs which killed it so I booted it up from the unsupported CD and reinstalled it the only problem now is after installing it and putting the rom and graphics back it now from HD starts boot in 9 and then goes black any ideas for that

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Re: Ibook g4 obviously missing a step
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2020, 01:43:30 PM »
Latest update is I dropped back into x and copied the mac os rom on there to to the system folder and removed the latest ati driver and copied the minimal ati driver just ati via and resources and the insomnia extension and rebooted it to HD with success obviously there's an issue with with my setup and it only seems to like the standard unsupported rom and basic ati drivers. It will do for now Iam new to macs but enjoy retrossytems and got chance of the ibook on gumtree and after a month of qemu and sheepshaver I am still enjoying it and learning quite a bit as I go along  :)

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Re: Ibook g4 obviously missing a step
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2020, 09:02:50 AM »
Finally there when I downloaded darths ati zip and installed the drivers it went to small screen and millions of colours so I wondered since we both have the same machine if it was the file so I downloaded the sit instead and removed the old ones first and the insomnia extension and installed the ati and rebooted and was going to edit the nvram but didn't need to as I booted to desktop and played return to Castle wolfenstien okay  ;D

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Re: Ibook g4 obviously missing a step
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2020, 08:05:19 PM »
Glad you are having luck with it, my 14" iBook G4 is my main OS 9 machine these days.

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Re: Ibook g4 obviously missing a step
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2020, 11:39:56 PM »
Thanks Dearthvader of course I am a mac newbie so I dare not touch my settings now any idea how to make a backup?

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Re: Ibook g4 obviously missing a step
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2020, 03:12:01 AM »
Here's what I use. Insanely simple to set up and painless to use:
https://macintoshgarden.org/apps/personal-backup
Power Mac G4 Digital Audio (733 MHz, 1.5 GB RAM)
Mac Mini G4 (1.42 GHz, 1 GB RAM)
iBook G3 Dual USB (500MHz, 640MB RAM)

For those interested in 70s and 80s inspired electronic music, here is my SoundCloud profile:
https://soundcloud.com/user-385492180

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Re: Ibook g4 obviously missing a step
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2020, 04:21:12 AM »
Thanks europa backing up now  :)

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Re: Ibook g4 obviously missing a step
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2020, 05:44:42 AM »
Thanks Dearthvader of course I am a mac newbie so I dare not touch my settings now any idea how to make a backup?

LOL, glad I'm not the only one to mistype that, I'm Dearthnvader over at MacRumors forums, damned a key not even near the e or r keys.

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Re: Ibook g4 obviously missing a step
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2020, 06:53:37 AM »
Thanks europa backing up now  :)

No problem! Glad it worked! :D
Power Mac G4 Digital Audio (733 MHz, 1.5 GB RAM)
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Re: Ibook g4 obviously missing a step
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2020, 02:08:17 PM »
 :D I read all 3 forums so I assumed that was how it was spelt actually missed the middle bit too lol

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Re: Ibook g4 obviously missing a step
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2020, 12:58:09 AM »
:D I read all 3 forums so I assumed that was how it was spelt actually missed the middle bit too lol

"Dearth" and "Darth" two completely differing meanings ;D

I have PMed the Mods over there about changing it, but they don't reply, maybe admin level stuff.

Guess I just have to own it.

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Re: Ibook g4 obviously missing a step
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2020, 05:03:54 AM »
Just wanted to add the the iBook G4 only runs at half CPU speed under OS 9, unless you set-dfs-high in Open Firmware before you boot.

Command+OPT+O+F

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dev /cpus/@0
set-dfs-high
boot

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Re: Ibook g4 obviously missing a step
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2020, 01:43:56 AM »
Thanks for the heads up can I put it in nvstore

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Re: Ibook g4 obviously missing a step
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2020, 05:45:53 AM »
Yes you can add it to the nvramrc.