Install Classic?

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  1. SneakerElph macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, I'm a switch-backer (used a mac up till about System 7, then switched to PC, and now i've switched back to the Mac) and i'm running a PowerMac G4 Digital Audio 733 Single Processor machine. I recently dug up an old zip disk from my old Mac (a Performa 400 AKA LC II if you were wondering) and have found some old programs and documents that i'd like to open up on this machine. I need to install classic mode, but the problem is that my Mac won't boot from the OS 9.2.2 CD that i have. It'll boot OS X and Linux CD's with no problem, but seems to choke on the OS 9 CD. the CD shows up in Finder and i can browse the files. I've tried zapping the PRAM, NVRAM, and several other things, and for the life of me i can't get it to boot. I really only need classic support, so booting isn't needed, but i do need a System Folder with System 9 in it. I copied the System Folder from the OS 9 Disc and when i boot classic it tells me that this system folder is meant to run from the disc, not from a hard drive. so, i can't use classic mode. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make this work? or could maybe someone just send me a working system folder (if thats not illegal).

    Thanks!
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Well why don't you install classic that came with your powermac? It should be on the additional software and apple hardware test CD if I remember correctly. Then you should be able to run those programs.
     
  3. SneakerElph thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i bought the mac on ebay, and all it came with was an OS X DVD and an OS 9 CD. burned, i might add. so... i don't have those CD's. thanks for the suggestion though.
     
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  5. SneakerElph thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hmm... maybe you could elaborate? i'm not real keen on Macs and the moment. I have copied the files off the OS 9 CD to a DMG created with Disk Utility. I have Firestarter FX, but can't find any options for burning a bootable CD. i don't have money for toast, so is there any free options for burning a bootable CD? thanks!
     
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    http://mac.sofotex.com/download-126893.html I found this but I don't know if it will work. But what I mean is that since the OS 9 CD does not boot I assume that it wasn't burned as a bootable disc. What you need are all the OS 9 files so you can burn them as a bootable disc.
     
  7. SneakerElph thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well, i aquired Toast from a friend who didn't need it anymore, and tried to burn the CD again. i couln't find anything in the options for bootable cd, so i just made a "Mac-Only" CD and it still won't boot. are you sure there isn't some way to take the system folder off of that CD and modify it slightly so that it will run in classic mode? or is it possible for someone to send me a copy of their system folder that runs in classic?

    thank you again!
     
  8. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    You want to use the ISO option in Toast. And just a question, are you pressing the "c" key after the startup chime to boot from the CD?
     

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  9. SneakerElph thread starter macrumors newbie

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    the ISO option.. hmm... didn't think about that one...

    and yes, and am pressing the 'c' key on bootup.

    time to run upstairs to burn another (hopefully bootable) CD!
     
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    Pirated software is not supported on this forum.

    Having said that, I think I know what the problem is. As far as I can remember, the last retail copy of OS 9 was 9.1, which is not supported by your system (9.1 OEM, 9.2, 9.2.1 and 9.2.2 are supported). I suspect that you've ended up with a retail 9.1 CD.
     
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