os 9 bootability?

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  1. excalibur313 macrumors 6502a

    excalibur313

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    I have a dual 1.25 ghz g4 powermac and I was curious if I could find out whether it is bootable in os 9 natively (eg not classic).
    Thanks,
    Stephen
     
  2. whocares macrumors 65816

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    Yes & No

    All depends on when it was purchased!

    Link.


    If it's before January 28, 2003 you're ok ;)
     
  3. excalibur313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So the models after that date won't boot in os 9?
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    If the PowerMac has FW800 it's likely the rev. B of the MDD... which doesn't boot OS 9.

    All the PMs before that (without FW800) should boot OS 9.

    And the issue is a bit complex since Apple introduced the Rev. B MDD and the killed it and replaced it with legacy rev. A MDD machine when the PowerMac G5 came out.
     
  5. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Depends on the model (if it's not a Firewire 800 model it looks good):Fresh link

    Edit: Just as Sun Baked said... (I gotta stop opening a bunch of tabs and answer without refreshing... :eek:)
     
  6. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    My iMac G4 can't boot in OS 9, but my G3 can...

    I think most (anyone else wanna help me out there? I'm too lazy right now to look and see) G3s will, and G4s from before very early 2003.
     
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    PowerMac -- > FW800 = no Mac OS 9 bootablity.

    Everything Else -- > DDR = no Mac OS 9 bootablity ***

    *** - The eMac is an odd duck since they shipped both OS 9 bootable and non-bootable in the SDR revision right before they updated to DDR.
     
  8. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    If you'd clicked the link I provided over. You'd found an Apple Support article named "Mac OS 8 and 9 compatibility with Macintosh computers"... :rolleyes:
     
  9. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Woops! I didn't see that.
     

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