OS 9 Install Disc

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by OldTimey, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. OldTimey macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2004
    Hi, is there somewhere other than eBay where I can find a System 9 install disc? I have a Rev B iMac that I'd like to refurbish and run OS9 on. I don't know the old user's password, and need a disc to reinstall the OS.
  2. cocacolakid, Sep 19, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 19, 2011

    cocacolakid macrumors 65816


    Dec 18, 2010
    They have several versions of OS9 you can download free. It's all considered abandonware and it's legal.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Abandonware is not legal. Apple has released up to system 7 to the public domain and you can download that free from apple. Anything else is piracy, it does not matter that apple is not actively selling the product.

    Apple still holds the copyright to OS9 and they are not releasing that OS yet, downloading from somewhere without their permission is still piracy.
  4. OldTimey thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2004
    thanks - i'm not looking to download the software. I need a system 9 install disc in order to reset the password on this machine and give it an overhaul. It's such a pretty little bugger, and would like to use it for my mp3 collection.

    Any idea where i can find one for less than the 25$ they go for on ebay?
  5. Marcush1286 macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2011
  6. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I believe that it's legal to download the specific restore CD image that came with the machine because a non-transferrable OEM licence was included as part of the hardware purchase.

    However, in this case, I'm pretty sure that OS 9 is newer than the hardware and is therefore not legal to download.
  7. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    That is correct. For this machine the only software you could legally obtain is a copy of the Mac OS 8.5.1/8.6 restore CDs.
  8. reddrag0n macrumors 6502


    Oct 1, 2007
  9. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    The fact that Apple is still holding on to OS8 and OS9 is silly. The classic mac OS hasn't been sold by Apple for nine years...
  10. aggri1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2010

    I've been looking for an OS9 install disk too, except that I need a very specific one: for the 2003 MDD G4 (single 1.25GHz G4). That's the last Mac that can run Classic natively.

    I've not yet found a system which will allow installation on that machine. It always says needs a newer version or whatever. This was a special machine released late for those that needed native Classic, I understand.

    A copy of the System Folder from my older Yikes G4 starts up, but I have never managed to get sound working in native Mac OS 9 on the 2003 MDD. (Sound does work fine in Mac OS X and in Classic applications within Mac OS X). No sound output hardware is available in the sound control panel. That's a shame because I would like to use this to play a few old games every now and then (they run crap under Classic mode in Mac OS X).

    Any ideas? Maybe a Sound Manager INIT or something for that specific model...

    Good luck with your search OldTimey.

  11. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    someones not checking there inbox...

    aggril1: ya you need os 9.2.2 specific for mdd...ebay/craigs?

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