So after nearly a year, I'm reconsidering working on this iBook again. I just wanted to see if there were any second opinions about whats wrong with it.
For a flashback, this machine is pretty much unusable due to system errors that keep occurring (aka The Bomb). We're running OS 9.2.2 which was installed from (what I assume to be) an almost brand new OS 9.2.1 CD-ROM. Machine is pretty bare bone, 64 MB RAM/ 500 MHz/ 10 GB HDD. There is no airport card installed, or at least, it does not recognize one (during the slight period of time I was able to get it to boot). With the CD-ROM in the machine, it seems to work fine. Installation is fine, for the most part, and the hard drive will reformat. The first time, however, that I went to reinstall Mac OS 9 over the existing install, it kept giving me errors saying (i.e. ... Problems were encountered accessing the file "AppleCD Audio Player" on the disk "Macintosh HD". Please move the file to another folder and try again. The solution was I ended up clearing out the contents of the entire drive and then restarting the OS installation, which it didn't hang.
I guess to get to the point, the problem is that the machine will refuse to load or execute certain commands, and will just result with a bomb error with some random description. Eventually, the OS install will corrupt to the point where the machine won't boot at all. Example error would be when I tried to launch Stuffit expander, it gave me this bomb error "Sorry, a system error has occurred. "Stuffit expander", error type 10". This would be the same for several other applications, but again, usually different error codes each time. I have also got "error type 10" sometimes when I restarted and tried to login (right at the prompt before I can click anything) "Sorry, a system error has occurred "Login" error type 10). From there it gets to the point that it will no longer boot. I will receive the following bomb errors on boot:
"illegal instruction. - to temporarily turn off extensions... yadda yadda"
"CHK Error. -to temporarily turn off extensions.."
"EM Extension - illegal instruction. - to temporarily turn off extensions..."
And it pretty much just cycles through those errors. Now, turning off extensions does absolutely nothing, it will just generate a different version of the error that was previously stated. And usually once these errors start appearing on boot, the OS will not boot any longer from the internal HDD. Inserting the OS 9.2 CD, the machine will boot fine, normally. From there, I can reinstall the OS, reformat the hard drive, etc. However, each time, after re-installation, i will still get these same errors, they just keep coming back.
To also note, I'm not very sure of the history of this machine. Its a little scratched up, I believe its probably an ex-school laptop which was surplused and then somebody put on ebay. Everything seems to be intact. Also to note, I did buy a replacement power adapter and battery, I'm not sure if that would have anything to do with it either. The battery I believe is designed for the later iBook series (doesn't match the case but it fits), and the adapter is a knockoff. The battery it shipped with is completely dead, but the machine still gives me the same symptoms with the original battery. I don't have any other equipment that I can test this unit with, this is the only PowerPC machine that I own.
Let me know if you all can come up with any other conclusions, and I'll do my best to respond! Thanks.
Current Project: iMac G3 Rev. A (bondi)
Collection: Black MacBook E. 2008, iMac G4 1GHz/17", iBook G4 1.33GHz/14", iBook G3 500MHz/12"