Why does the OS-9.2.2 screen collapse to half size during start-up?
This iBook 14" G3 900MHz was running OS-9.2.2 and OS-10.2.8 until the hard drive gave out. I recently replaced the drive with a 120GB Western Digital ATA hard drive from iFixit.
I did not receive the original installation or restore disks when I bought this computer in 2006 from TechRestore. This 900MHz G3 may be classified by Apple as "iBook (14.1 LCD 900Mhz 32 VRAM)" introduced in November of 2002 or as "iBook (Early 2003)" introduced in April of 2003. Based on Apple's Article HT2191 (Old Article 25114) - this G3 probably originally was sold with 9.2.2 and 10.2.4.
Therefore - I have tried to install 9.2.2 and 10.1.4 from disks which came with an Ibook 14" G3 700MHz which Apple classifies as "iBook (14.1 LCD 16 VRAM)" which was introduced in May of 2002.
That OS-10.1.4 disk would not install (the optical drive just did a lot of clicking). That OS-9.2.2 disk (CD version 1.4) did install but presents the same collapsing-to-about-half-size problem discussed in Ed Hudecek's question to iFixit (March 4 of 2010). The computer also will not sleep with this installation.
This collapsing occurs part way thru startup both when starting from the hard drive or from that 9.2.2 installation disk. However - if I start up from a 9.2.1 installation disk - the collapsing does not occur. However - I have previously tried a clean install from that 9.2.1 disk and the 900MHz G3 will not accept that older OS.
Based on Apple's Article HT1835 (Old Article 25114) - Apple's Note 3 indicates that certain copies of 9.2.2 disks may not install on "iBook (Early 2003)" G3's.
Another source is at "en.wikipedia.org(slash)wiki(slash)Mac_OS_9". Under Wikipedia's Compatibility table - the "iBook (Early 2003)" is shown as requiring a "Machine-specific version only" of 9.2.2.
Apparently - I should obtain from iFixit your product code IF151-041-1 (Restore CD's for a G3 14" 900MHz). Those disks might fix these problems. However - that product is out of stock. I have requested notification when it is again in stock.
Am I on the wrong track. Any suggestions.
Is this a good question?