Classic Problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Macoltrane, May 14, 2006.

  1. Macoltrane macrumors member

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    I've just installed Classic OS9 on my Mac and apparently it is "unable to update its files in "System Folder"". I was able to install OS9 with no problems on another one of my Macs that isn't running the latest version of Mac OSX and it was able to work. Can anyone tell me what the problem is here. I suspect it's either 10.4.6 or a DivX Fusion codec (I remember reading something about that on here). Thanks
     

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  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Is it a PPC Mac? Does the System Folder have read and write capabilities? You can check this last bit by selecting it and then using the File menu's Get Info feature. :)
     
  3. Macoltrane thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, it is a PPC G4 and yes it appears to have read and write capabilities under "Owndership & Permissions"
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Okay, maybe try some of the techniques in this Apple Discussions thread. I don't/haven't used Classic so I can't be much more helpful. :eek:

    Also, I've just been looking through those discussions and it appears that repairing permissions in Disk Utility can actually sometimes help.
     
  5. Macoltrane thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the link, mad jew, but I'm still having no luck.

    A bit of an update here. I stated that under "Get Info">Ownership and Permissions that there was the option of being able to "read & Write". Only one problem and I'm not sure if this is directly linked to Mac OS9 being unable to update the files- the selection drop down menu does not allow for me to change it (it remains gray and all I can do is run my pointer over it.
     
  6. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    I don't think it's Tiger that is the problem. Try removing classic and reinstalling it, if at all possible. And then uninstall that codec or whatever, and then reinstall OS 9. :)
     
  7. Macoltrane thread starter macrumors member

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    I've reinstalled several times (although I don't uninstall- don't know how because it doesn't appear in the Applications folder). Still no luck :( . I'm beginning to suspect that this is may be a 10.4.6 problem.
     
  8. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    uninstall that codec?

    is OS 9 really a necessity?
     
  9. motulist macrumors 68040

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    Depending on what you're trying to do, this might be a better solution.

    http://maconmac.bastix.net/

    Anyway, it sounds like classic is unable to write to the disk. Repair permissions and make sure you have free disk space on the disk where classic is installed. How are you starting classic up, by double clicking a classic application or by clicking start classic from the "Classic" system pref?
     
  10. ahunter3 macrumors 6502

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    You're all making things too complicated.

    So crank up Disk Utility on the Mac that has a working copy of OS9/Classic and make a diskimage of the OS 9 System Folder (with a few dozen MB of room for temp files and room to grow in), then copy that diskimage to your new Mac. Double-click it to mount it on your new Mac's Desktop, open the Classic PrefsPane, and designate the mounted diskimage as your OS 9 System Folder for Classic booting. (Yes, Classic boots just fine from a diskimage, and will mount it for you from then on on an as-needed basis)

    As long as you have a copy of the diskimage for backup purposes, you may never have to reinstall OS 9 again.
     
  11. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I'd want to know what version of OS 9 you've installed. I believe Classic requires a minimum version, 9.1 perhaps.
     
  12. disconap macrumors 68000

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    If you're on an older G4, boot into the OS9 system if you can or boot from your OS9 system disc. You can probably update from there.
     
  13. Macoltrane thread starter macrumors member

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    I followed all your steps up till the Classic Preferences. Then I get the image below. It won't allow me to select my System Folder diskimage. Any way to get around this?

    EDIT- Nevermind guys I got it to work. Thanks to everyone who contributed, especially ahunter.

    Any idea on how I can uninstall OS9 in the future? I was able to go through the "update system folder files" process on the folder that I copied off the other computer and set in my Classic Prefpane. It only updated files inside that particular file, correct? Anyway, it'd be great if someone can tell me how I would go about getting rid of OS9 (taht I had previously installed) and this particular file I just copied. Thanks
     

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  14. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Not totally sure I understand your question, but Classic lives in a folder at the root level of your drive called "System Folder." It should have a "9" on the folder icon. Drag that folder to the trash, and Classic is gone. If you already have more than one OS9 system folder, you should get rid of any duplicates. The duplicates should be called "system folder" but without the "9" icon on the folder. Just make sure you don't touch anything in "System." This is where OSX lives.
     

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