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Ronald P. Regensburg wrote:
Cat_7 is right. I checked with Mactracker and it appears that, in standard configuration, all PowerMac G3 machines can only read CDs and DVDs.
I just found this link while searching around, and I have the exact same situation as him/her. I was rather surprised and worried when I found out that all PowerMac G3 machines can only read CDs and DVDs.
So, at this point, I have a bunch of CD-Rs. To use them in the iBook, it would have to be in HFS, HFS+, ISO or Joliet. I have a Mac OS 9 ISO file, which is in HFS. Burning it into a blank disk doesn't help because the iBook does not recognize the disk despite it supposedly being formatted in HFS. I cannot change the file format of the image, so to get the files into an ISO or Joliet image, I would have to make a new image and copy the files there.
The retail CD mounts without any problems, but as my new ISO/Joliet cd image doesn't have a fixed size, Mac OS 7 in Basilisk II decides to lock the disk to prevent copying. If I mount the disk in a virtual drive and then use the extfs function in Basilisk II, the folder is not locked, but any files that I attempt to copy into it claims that the file I'm copying is being used, despite being that these files can be copied to any other location with no problems. If I were to get a CD-RW, it would then be a dilemma on how to lock the CD so the installation would commence.
There are several more ideas that I haven't tried.
I could get a CD-RW, put the iso file in it together with an application that can handle ISO files (Disk Copy doesn't seem to be able to do that) and use that disk to transfer any future files. I was about to dismiss that idea, in reason that I have not found a file system that the iBook can recognize, but I realized I have not tried the ISO and Joliet filesystems on the iBook yet. I am now going to burn a blank CD in ISO format and I will test to see if the iBook would read it.
I can also get an AirPort router, connect it to the iBook and log in to a WiFi network to enable Internet access. However, I would have to download any files I need.
I can also buy a flash drive card to use a USB flash drive which may or may not be readable on Windows.