My Dad has a PowerMac G4 AGP 450mhz with 768mb of RAM and a few hard drives and Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger", the machine runs fine except for Classic. Now the oddest thing happens when I try and start Classic. Classic will be 99% done starting up and it comes up with a dialog box...not a OS 9 style one but a OS X one saying: Connection failed The server may not exist or it is not operational at this time. Check the server name or IP address and try again. [OK] Now this is puzzling me...I tried this with multiple system folders from HDs and CD-ROM drives (OS 9 install cd) and the same thing happens. Also if I disconnect my ethernet connection (my one and only internet source) and I try and startup OS 9 I get a nice Kernel Panic. If I click OK it will just keep coming up until I stop classic. There is a screenshot below...when ever I try and click on the OS 9 box (yellow) it comes up with the message. The ONLY thing I can think of if the Mac OS 9 system folder had a preference to connect to a server at startup...but that doesn't seem to logical since I don't believe I've ever set that up. Why do I need Classic? I have a USB laptop Hard Drive enclosure and I have the original OS 9 CD...I need to format the laptop drive and install OS 9 on it but my PowerBook G4 12" dosen't like the hard drive so I can't install Mac OS 9 via that machine. Odd because if I put any other laptop drive in the case it works but with this older one from a old Mac laptop it's picky...maybe it needs more power? - because the new PC and old G4 Mac reads it fine. And this is all because my PowerBook 5300cs doesn't have a CD drive and I don't have a working external SCSI CD-ROM drive... Also if I boot the Mac G4 into OS 9 I don't think 9 would know what to do with the USB laptop enclosure...but I'll give it a shot. Don't you wish you had my free time to worry about such non-sense? Any help would be wonderful, I'm sure my dad would like to use Classic again when he needs to.