> oh well, back to the drawing board.
> I'm fresh out of ideas now. I would prefer to use Mac OS on these machines.
> The only other option I am aware of, if we cannot get this to work, is to
> boot into some UNIX variant, such as MkLinux, which supports long file names
> and Mac OS X can mount the drive over the network (as far as I've read).
> What else should I consider?
With Blue & White Power Macs selling for under $35 on eBay
--some for only one cent plus shipping! --
I have to ask, WHY are you determined to use an obsolete older Mac instead?
Shipping can be a deal killer, but with so many available, you should be
able to find one for sale within driving distance, and be able to pick it up