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  pheriwinkle (Profile)
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Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 3:21 pm
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Hi All,

I wanted to reinstall Mac OS 7.1 on an old PowerBook 165 that I found on Craigslist. I am unsure how to do it. I made a set of high density floppies. Then, I copied the System enabler for the PowerBook 165 on to install disk #1.

When I boot with install disk 1, it just hangs with the watch mouse icon spinning.

Does anyone have advice on what else I should do?

The computer books fine with 7.5 on it...I just wanted to freshen it up.

Thanks,
Kevin
  
  pheriwinkle (Profile)
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Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:57 am
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I figured out the problem. It was really bizarre.

I have both a 180c and a 165--both of which have 160mb SCSI hard drives.

There was something wrong with SCSI circuitry of the hard drive which seemed to prevent it mounting or something when loading a bootable floppy. I tried a boot disk in the 180c, and I got all the way up in to Finder.

I swapped the hard drives between the two machines. I was now able to boot the 165 with a floppy, but not the 180c. The ability or inability to boot all the way in to Finder with a floppy followed the specific hard drives around.

This took quite a lot of figuring out!

And, terribly, as I was using the systems two night ago, both; BOTH; of the hard drive completely died after I used each machine for about an hour. Devastating.
  
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