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I have downloaded the LimewireOSX.dmg file a few times using Safari, with mixed results, but I can't seem to get the file to mount - when the Disk Copy window appears everything seems to be going okay then I get the message "Disk Copy Helper has unexpectedly terminated". I'm pretty new to Macs so I'm really not sure what else I can do about this - it may be a problem with my software, this has happened when I've tried to download other dmg files. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Please tell us more details about your computer and OS. Also confirm that you are downloading from www.limewire.com
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I was tempted to say do a SAFE boot & repair permissions. That would be my 1st reaction. SAFE Boot & Repair Permissions (or see Resolving Disk, Permission, and Cache Corruption)
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Thanks for getting back, here's some details about the system I'm using. If you need more info please ask, like I said I don't know my mac very well yet!

Memory 160MB
Processor 500MHz PowerPC G3
OSX V. 10.2

I also noticed the hard disk seems to be partitioned, with two disk icons on the desk top - one OSX and one OS 9. The OSX hard disk is near full (200-300 MB left I think), the OS 9 disk has 3 GB and is hardly ever used (can I still use this part of the disk in OSX?). I was thinking the lack of memory may be causing probs? Ideally I think I'd like to wipe the hard disk and re install but not brave enough, having never had a mac before...plus its my girlfriend's computer...

Definitely downloaded from www.limewire.com, so no problem there, although after a couple of abortive install attempts I wasn't able to download limewire at all, getting the message "cannot create file" when I tried. The file seems to have downloaded fine now though...

Gonna try the safeboot/repair permissions now, thanks for the help.
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I have to tell you, 300 MB HDD free or whatever is simply not enough to run OSX. All OSX programs use Virtual Memory (VM) which is memory temporarily stored on the Hard disk drive instead of in ram. Even OSX system requires some VM also. You either need an xtra internal or external HDD or backup some of the files onto cd/dvd-r/rw so you have more space available. I should imagine a no. of your programs, particularly any graphic programs might also have difficulty running.

Ok so I understand you're using an old mac, but something has to give to allow your OSX programs the freedom to operate normally without being squeezed continually by lack of HDD space. BTW not a bad speed for a G3, I have a G4 at only 400 MHz. lol (But not the one I generally use.)
I'm purely speaking from the standpoint of the health of running your system. I know this is probably a difficult issue to consider. I've had same problem on older macs with limited space.
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Okay, is there any way I can put the available memory in the OS 9 hard disk to use? There's about 3 GB in there...sorry I know this isn't strictly a Limewire related question!
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Did the safe boot and verified permissions, still no joy opening the LW dmg file. Thanks for the info re Virtual memory Lord of the Rings, I think you're probably right and the memory issue is causing problems. Gonna try offloading some stuff to CD ROM then try again, cheers again.
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I'm not quite sure how you do it on a partitioned disk but unless you have any reason for keeping it I would get rid of every last bit of OS9. On my G3 there are 3 hard drives, one used to have os9 on it but a couple of folders dragged to the trash turned it into a purely storage disc for pictures and music.
There is physical space in a G3 for 3 hard drives (actually one space may be for a CD burner but I'm not into that.
Your 160 MB Memory is not enough. I have 320 and I think that is not really not enough either. I'm on 400mhz so your speed is great as LOTR said.

The other big problem you have is your free space. You should be able to store files like pictures and video and music on the OS9 portion of your drive, but operate them with OSX Don't start trying to use Classic. It is a total waste of time!
HOWEVER 3GB is not enough space. If you use limewire you will fill that amount of space quicker than you might think! plus which. Limewire is a hungry beast and unless you operate it with a good 1 1/2 GB Free space ... (I think that's what LOTR referred to as virtual memory), after several hours the old mac will be stretched to the limit and will crash.

So your one question about using the OS9 portion of the disc, is yes I'm sure you can use it, and if you delete OS9 and it's applications you will have more space again.

The resulting disc will then be fine as a "Start up disc" which will hold OSX and your applications. Obtain a second hard drive 20- 40 GB or more. however much you have you will fill it!.....and put in the same amount of memory again.

But I advise befreinding a local Mac Geek to do the job or check you are doing it right

One more thing, is that it is possible that the latest Limewire will still not opperate in OSX 10.2 If this is the case there is a cure, but you need to get the computer sorted first. I hope this helps. Keep in touch.
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Thanks for the advice, ah if only money was no object...

Think for the time being I'm gonna try and make the most of what I've got though. You were right about the OS 9 disk, just deleted the lot (although system settings folder wouldn't delete...), so now I've got just over 3GB which although not ideal, shouldn't interfere with installing LimeWire.

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Your 160 MB Memory is not enough. I have 320 and I think that is not really not enough either. I'm on 400mhz so your speed is great as LOTR said.
Are you saying that LimeWire won't run with 160MB memory?

I thought only 65MB or thereabouts was required...

Anyway, I finally got LimeWire install to start up, but now that doesn't work - when I double click 'Install LimeWire', an icon appears in the dock, bounces, then disappears - what do I do? Is this because I'm using an older version of OSX (as you suggested)?

Thanks for your help!
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Reinstalling Java will normally fix this issue. It seems that OS 10.2's last Java was version 1.4.1 which can be reinstalled via this link: http://www.apple.com/downloads/macos...formacosx.html

If you get an error saying it's already installed, then double-click the hard drive icon, open the Library, open the Receipts folder, then find the file: Install LimeWire.pkg, delete it and try again. Receipts folder sample image

It's hard disk space you need for your startup disk drive. Whichever drive OSX is situated, needs some space freed up. To keep a check upon how much ram & VM each program & OSX uses, go to ... Utilities folder & open Activity Monitor (I think it was called that in 10.2)

At the moment my LW is using 168 MB RAM & 849 MB VM. The longer it runs the more VM mounts up.
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