Nov 26th, 2005, 10:22 AM
I gave my B+W G3 to my brother. It is a 400mhz rev 2, with 2-64mb ram sticks (Total 128), 6 gig HDD. He added a 120gig HDD and a 256mb ram stick (PC 100). Everything was working great with Panther (10.3.9), so he decided to upgrade to Tiger. Still everything was working fine. He decided to add a generic PC 133 256mb ram stick to it, Tiger recognized it and things seemed to be okay until he started trying to give it a work-out. He tried running several apps at the same time (windows media player, iphoto, etc.) as soon as he opened Real media player his Applications folder dissapeared. He tried running disk utility, disk warrior and several other utilities, but they all said his disk was too badly damaged. He tried reformatting and reinstalling Tiger but whenever he tried to reboot he always got a kernel panic. (By the way he removed the PC133 ram stick, he even tried removing and switching around the remaining ram sticks with the same results). OS 9 installs and works just fine. He has zapped the pram, reset the nvram, reset the cuda switch, still the same kernal panic. He opened disk utility and tried to repair the disk but it reported that no repairs were neccessary, so he tried to fix permissions and the partition with Tiger on it (40 gig partition) got greyed out. The HDD was bought brand new a couple of years ago and was working great in his iMac G3, so I doubt that it is the problem. He read somewhere that the B+W G3 needed a partition no larger than 12 gigs to be able to run OS X. So he tried that and was finally able to install Tiger. Has anyone else heard about a 12 gig limit on the B+W G3 for OS X ? Has anyone else ever experienced similar problems with a B+W G3 ?