Asking for some advice with OS 9

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by KawaiiAurora, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. KawaiiAurora macrumors 6502

    KawaiiAurora

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    Hey!

    I was able to get OS 9 up and running thanks to the Unsupported G4 disc the folks at MacOS9Lives provide. I was quite dumbfounded seeing OS 9 boot on my 17" PowerBook G4 as Aluminium Books don't like OS 9 (natively at least). Decided to pop it on a USB pendrive and viola, it worked! Airport doesn't work of course and the headphone jack either but that's no biggie. Everything is real fast even from USB but I have some questions..

    1. I use a Toshiba TransMemory 8GB pendrive. It's enough for me and speed is decent BUT will using an OS off of it kill it?
    2. If using it off USB isn't practical, I seriously need some advice on how to backup my Leopard parition.. Don't have a Leopard DVD so I'd like to backup my Leopard parition to a disk image and restore that via Tiger after installing it on a small partition (like it is now). The Tiger DVD i have doesn't like reading FAT32 drives and the 4GB limit would make backups useless anyways. Need to do this to install OS 9 drivers :/ I should be receiving a USB 2.0 PCMIA card soon so that will make the ordeal easier!
    3. I'd appreciate any other solutions to avoid nuking my HDD :)
    Thanks,
    Aurora

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  2. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

    AmazingHenry

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    This is the one thing I can help you with.

    Backing up your Leopard partition is easy. You can put it all into a .dmg file. First, boot into Leopard. Next, open Disk Utility. Select your Leopard partition in the sidebar and click "New Image".
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    Now set up your options like this (you can name the file whatever you want):
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    Click "Save" and Disk Utility will start putting your whole Leopard partition in a .dmg file, which you can use to restore the partition later in Tiger.

    IMPORTANT: When the time comes to restore, don't just open the .dmg and copy the files to a partition. You have to use Disk Utility for that. You may of heard of the Restore function. If not, I'll show you how to do it. :)
     
  3. KawaiiAurora thread starter macrumors 6502

    KawaiiAurora

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    Thanks ;) Sems quite simple. Yeah, ik how to use restore; the copy of Leopard I have on my PowerBook G4 is restored via an HFS+ pen drive and the Tiger DVD. Might do it if I can justify the use of OS 9.2.2 enough.
     
  4. iModFrenzy macrumors 6502a

    iModFrenzy

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    How are the graphics on OS 9?

    I'm trying to do this with my PB G4 12" 1.5ghz atm:p so far I've had no luck booting it. Maybe I just did something wrong...
     
  5. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

    AmazingHenry

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    It doesn't work on all unsupported Macs. It only works on the first Macs that didn't support OS 9. The aluminum PB that @KawaiiAurora is using must be from 2003. Yours may be from 2005.
     
  6. KawaiiAurora thread starter macrumors 6502

    KawaiiAurora

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    Graphics are okay because the 4MX is supported on OS 9. I'm not sure about OpenGL peformance as I haven't tried that yet. I get the proper resolution and colour tho so it's probably working fine.
     

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