Hi J a few answers to your questions > __AOL, which my significant other uses (i tease her about it tho) > won't run right and she has been on the ohone with their tech support > people for hours and hours. > > Do you have the latest version of AOL for X? yes. >> __Applications moved from iMac to G3 are *very* buggy and throw up >> lots of warnings telling me of missing folders and missing this or >> that or that things i have never heard of will not be available >> (photoshop is the worst for this). > > Did you reinstall those from original disks? no. that was *why* i wanted to know if they could be transfered from one machine to another, i do not have original disks... being told that it would work with a firewire cable i tried it >> i feel like i need to start over. from the beginning. but i don't >> know where that is exactly. > > Wipe it and install 9 then 10 again. What version of 10? I wouldn't > recommend anything before 10.2.4 the iMac is 10.2. i have tried maybe 8 or 9 times to download the update for the OS from the mac site but it never gets here before something burps on the line and disconnects. (i have dial-up natch) so, here is where i get very nervous.. i have the disks that came with the iMac but nothing with the G3. the iMac's disks are __Apple Hardware Test (no idea what it is for) __Mac OS X install disks 1 & 2 __iMac software restore in 5 #ed disks (not sure what software this is) __World Book Mac OS X edition ... so when i read the things below various questions come to me > Wipe it and install 9 then 10 again. 1. how do i wipe the machine? do i just grab everything in the hard drive and drag to trash? perhaps there is more in for here; > Using OS 9 disk start up with it and use Drive Setup to wipe the drive > then install 9. 2. but i don't know which of the discs i got with the iMac to use... none of them say "OX 9" > Update to 9.2.2 if you're going to put X on there. > Use the Update Control Panel to get the rest of the pieces. 3. the rest of what pieces? > Then install X, simple as that. 4. simple huh? doesn't sound simple to me, sounds like something i could screw up amazingly well. thanks for your suggestions.