I restarted everything. As I was closing the machine up, I hit the reset button again and rebooted.
I told it to install on the 6Gb HD, erase and install, leave out the foreign language stuff, and continue. It did everything pretty well, installed the "Base System", counting down to 24 minutes left, started installing the "Essential System Software" till it got to 9 minutes. The screen froze, mouse stopped responding, and one minute later, the monitor went to sleep.
So, here we are.
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Plenty of RAM, 768M. Try installing 8.6 again, let's see if it can still do that.
You might try 10.2 one more time, but this time go to the menu after the Language choice and look for Disk Utility, see if you can successfully format the disk from there. Make it Mac OS Extended, it may say HFS+, and if they have a choice for Journaled use that. You'll see a disk with some manufacturer name/#, with the name of your hard drive to the right and down one step. Choose the one with the manufacturers name/# to erase, also choose a name for your disk on the right before you erase, it defaults to untitled when you erase it.
10.2 not installing could even be a bad RAM chip. OS X is less tolerant of marginal RAM. What ran in 8 or 9 may not in X. You could try it with one 256M RAM chip at a time. It will install and run with 256, but much slower than with 768.
Sure would like to try that battery out though. They are around $15 at Radio Shack, a bit of change to spend if that's not the problem, but ebay has one for $5.98 shipped.
I'm surprised the iMac doesn't need one too. If you turn it off and unplug it for a while, or over night, does the time reset?
If you don't install languages, printers, cups, if it had a choice, or X11, if X11 was on 10.2, I forget. There would be plenty of room, so to speak. Slimmed down 10.2 would probably only take about 2G I'm thinking. Full blown it was maybe around 4 or 5?
How much does the installer say it's going to install papabill? Did you uncheck printer installers too? You can install those manually later if you need to.
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