Running Classic off of CD-R

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ftaok, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. ftaok macrumors 601

    ftaok

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    OK, I'm currently using a 500 mhz ibook running 10.4.1 (or whatever the latest is). I don't have OS 9 installed, so I can't do classic. I've caught a bit of notalga fever and want to revive an old OS 9 game.

    I'd like to install an operable OS 9 System folder, but not on my hard drive. I am wondering if it's possible to "install" OS 9 onto a CD-R to run Classic from within OS X. I realize that I won't be able to install directly onto a CD-R, but I do have an external FW hard drive that I can use (temporarily as it's normally used to back up my iTunes and iPhoto) and then transfer those contents onto the CD-R.

    Any ideas? Thanks.
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    In order to run Classic, MacOS X must add some support files to your MacOS 9 System Folder. So, to run Classic from a CD, you would have to do a drag and drop installation of MacOS 9 with all required support files onto the CD-R. You can run MacOS 9 from a CD, so there is no reason that you should not be able to run Classic from a CD. However, this will present a challenge. You need the ability to edit files in the MacOS 9 System Folder. You cannot do this if it resides on a CD. In view of the convenience issues, the question then is "Why?"
     
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    My guess would be to avoid cluttering up the hard drive with legacy files.
     
  4. ftaok thread starter macrumors 601

    ftaok

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    Bingo! I realize that as soon as I get past this current bout of nostalga, I won't have any need for Classic.

    As for OS X writing info into the OS 9 System Folder, does it happen while running Classic or is it a one time set-up? I'm thinking that perhaps I could install OS 9 onto my external hard drive, set up Classic and get that running good. THen I could copy that OS 9 system onto a CD-R.

    Anyways, thanks for the help.

    ft
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    The Classic support files have to be written once. However, your MacOS 9 preferences files resides in your resides in your MacOS 9 Preferences folder which, in turn, resides in your MacOS 9 System Folder. With Classic on CD, you cannot install certain MacOS 9 apps because you cannot save their Preferences files.
     
  6. ftaok thread starter macrumors 601

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    Oh well, it looks like my nostalga fever will have to pass. I could bite the bullet and just put OS 9 on the hard drive, but the last time I did that, I messed it up and had to reinstall everything. And I'm not even sure what I did.

    Maybe I'll buy an external HD and put OS 9 on it. I do have a 4.3 GB hard drive lying around. Just need a cheap FW box.
     
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    I begrudgingly installed Classic a couple of days ago so that I could play Red Faction again. The game runs in OS X, but the installer needs 9!
     

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