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Pretty, Pretty Pismo

G3 + FireWire + PowerBook = Pismo!

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Discussion Forum

Back to the Pismo fold - feels like home! 5 Replies

Started by Mindstage. Last reply by Marc Dietrich Jan 18, 2012.

Should I consider this? 2 Replies

Started by Phreakout. Last reply by Phreakout Nov 20, 2010.

Who Designed Pismo? (eh-hem, Lombard) 2 Replies

Started by Dave. Last reply by David Sheehy May 5, 2010.

Comment Wall

Comment by Dave on January 19, 2012 at 11:04am

Isn't it wonderful... you can instantly swap the optical drive for a zip drive, or a second battery.... 8 hours mobility. Then there's the secondary hard drive you can put in the right bay.  That was my favorite. Imagine the Pismo with near limitless harddrive capacity. The harddrive bay held a standard ATA IDE 9mm drive that, if I'm not mistaken, one could slip an ATA-SATA board converter in there and then use the cheaper SATA 9mm drives. I really wish there was a hack to update the 8mb of video ram. That's it's real stumbling block.

Comment by Mel on October 7, 2013 at 9:46pm

I bought one of these for $30 last year. Does not boot up. Shows blinking question mark. There was nothing on HD. I had to fire it up with target disc mode and dragged an OS 9 system folder to the hard drive. Re-booted and still get the flashing question mark. What next?

Comment by Dave on October 7, 2013 at 10:29pm


Good start. I don't think a simple 'drag' of OS 9 into the HD will get it going.  Find a computer with 10.4 or lower. Download Carbon Copy Cloner. Target mode the Pismo into that computer. Then follow the steps of copying the HD into the Pismo's HD. You'll need to be sure not to copy over more than the Pismo's HD can handle (in hard drive space). 

Before you do that, target mode the Pismo into a OS X computer. Then go into Disk Utilities and do a disk check on the Pismo's HD.

If all else fails, HD replacements on Pismo are simple. Fun actually. A thing of beauty to do actually. Keep the thread updated, please!

Comment by Phreakout on October 7, 2013 at 11:03pm

Actually, Mel, you're awfully close.  To get OS 9 working again:

Step 1.) After copying the System Folder (like you did earlier), open that folder and drag the System file out of it. 

Step 2.) Close the System Folder.

Step 3.) Drag the System file back into the System Folder. 

Step 4.) Open and close the System Folder.  This will officially "bless" the System Folder into making it bootable. 

Go give it a try and report back with results. 

73s de Phreakout. 


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