[iBook] Panther Installation

Mark Kippert maclists at kippert.com
Mon Aug 25 10:39:08 PDT 2008

I would confirm that your firmware is up to
date. Looks like the earliest iBook should
be 4.1.7 according to this article at Apple:


On Aug 25, 2008, at 8:27 AM, Peter Nevett wrote:

> I am trying, for the umpteenth time, to install OS X Panther on my  
> wife's iBook (original version, 300 MHz, OS 9.2.2, 320MB ). As usual  
> when I insert the Panther install disc (yes, it's a real retail set  
> of black CDs) I get the spinning barber's pole and the message  
> "Preparing Installation" . It stays like that for hours, long after  
> the CD has stopped spinning.
> I have previously looked at the verbose mode screen while this is  
> happening and the experts on this list suggest that there might be a  
> problem with the hard drive.
> Disc utilities finds no problem, repeatedly.
> Is it possible to start up the iBook from the OS9 CD, format the  
> hard drive and then try to install Panther? I have backed up the  
> iBook but is there a danger that I will then be unable to re-install  
> any OS at all?
> Any other suggestions?
> Thanks,
> Pete Nevett
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