Mac OS X 10.3 comes with three installer disks. Beyond the OS, what packages are on Discs 2 and 3? What happens if you dont have these discs when the installer asks for them?

The default install for Mac OS X 10.3 uses Discs 1 and 2 (including Additional apps, Printer drivers, Asian Fonts, and Language Translation)

Disc 3 contains packages for X11 or additional language fonts. If you do not have Disc 2 or 3 CD available, yo can quit the installer when it asks for them. Later, you can manually install any needed packages from those CDs

When formatting a drive with the native volume format — Mac OS Extended (HFS+)– what is the name of the feature protects the file system against power outages or other premature shutdowns or restarts?

ANSWER: Journaling (or file system journaling)

If you are trying to install Mac OS X 10.3 on an iMac with a tray-loading CD-ROM drive, the hard drive is an ATA hard disk with a capacity of 8 GB or more, what do you have to watch out for?

– you must select a destionation partition for Mac OS X that is completely within the first 8GB of the disk or the Mac OS installer will not allow the installation to continue.

See KB article #106235 Mac OS X: Disk Appears Dimmed (or Grayed Out) in the Installer

What are the three Mac OS X installtion types and what are their pros and cons? Which one of these is most simliar to Clean Install option in the Mac OS 9 installer?

1. Erase and Install
PROS: provides a clean installation, allows yout o reset partitions, can install on any partition;
CONS: all data on selected partition will be erased

2. Update
PROS: installer will update Mac OS X 10.0.x or later, maintaining preferences, fonts, applications, and files
CONS: requires that Mac OS X 10.0.x or later is installed; Existing problems with the OS may not be fixed by the updater.

3. Archive and Install
PROS: creates archive of current system directory and installs a new System directory optionally preserving user and network settings
CONS: New system directory will not have any custom files from current System directory

Which one of these is most simliar to Clean Install option in the Mac OS 9 installer?
ANSWER: #3, Archive and Install

What are the two ways to start the Mac OS X installion process?

1. Insert the Mac OS X Install Disc 1 and launch (double-click on) the install icon

2. Start the computer up with the Install Disc 1 in the drive and hold down the C key

You must upgrade firmware before installing Mac OS X. However, what makes this extra complicated on older computers?

Older firmware updates do not run in Mac OS X, they only run in Mac OS 9.

If the firmware you need to upgrade to is only available as a Mac OS 9 firmware upgrade, it is necessary to either install Mac OS 9 on the machine first, or to boot from an external drive running Mac OS 9.

Furthremore, what makes this extra complicated is that firmware upgrades must be run from a writable boot partition, which means you cannot run the firmware upgrade if you boot the computer in Mac OS 9 from a CD. It must be done from either the internal or an external hard drive (which is writable).

What kinds of drive formats can the classic environment start from?

The classic Mac OS 9 envirnoment can only start from a volume formatted with Mac OS Extended.

Once running, the classic environment can read from and write to other kinds of volume formats

Can all Macintosh computers run both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X?

While all Mac OS computers that run Mac OS X can run Mac OS 9 in Classic mode, not all Macs can start up from Mac OS 9.

See KB article #86209

MAC OS BOOT KEY LIST: Hold down these Boot Keys while the computer is starting up

Key What it does
C boot from optical drive drive (CD or DVD) drive
N boot from NetBoot image
T target disk mode, computer acts as a firewire hard drive and can be connected to another computer, allowing you to run diagnostics
X “X-Ray” key (resets startup disk selection)
Command-S Single User mode
Command-V Verbose Mode
Shift safe boot mode
Option key boot choice mode (also known as boot into open firmware), displays available boot hard drives and give you a choice of which one to boot from
Cmd-Option-O-F open firmware mode, lets you see what the current firmware is
Cmd-Option-P-R reset parameter RAM
Cmd-Option-Shift-Delete bypass internal hard drive
Mouse button eject removable media

Which G3 computers do not support Mac OS X 10.3 and what is the latest operating system one can install on these machines?

– beige Power Mac G3s (includes the G3 Minitowers, G3 desktop, etc)
– PowerBook G3 computer without a built-in USB

the latest OS which can be installed on these computers is 10.2.