[rescue] G3 Score

John Ruschmeyer jruschme at gmail.com
Wed Mar 8 16:20:48 CST 2006

On 3/8/06, der Mouse <mouse at rodents.montreal.qc.ca> wrote:
> >> We just scored a stack of ten beige Power Mac G3s, [...]
> > They would make a good room heater :-)
> Now now.  They still do everything they ever did.  Computers don't get
> slower, y'know, except as measured against user expectations.  I still
> have a Sun-3/60 in live use (68020/68881/20MHz)....
> > They won't boot anything bigger than 8,000meg (slightly less than 8
> > gig),
> How *peculiar*.  Do you happen to know where that limit comes from?  An
> 8G limit wouldn't surprise me (a 24-bit field for a sector number, with
> 512-byte sectors).  A limit close to that but nearly two hundred megs
> under it, though, does surprise me.
> I'm not sure if that is a hardware limit or just a MacOS X limit.

On my PB Wallstreet with a 10gb drive (same generation hardware, same
limitations supposedly), I have a 8000meg OS X partition and the rest as
another partition with MacOS 9. I can boot the OS9 partition with no


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