Classic installation issues

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by Romes, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. Romes macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2004
    I am installing OS 10.3 fresh on 4 machines for a user. I am generally a PC user and am a bit rusty on apple support by comparison.
    I have read a similar thread on this in April to no avail.
    Heres what I have tried:

    Restarting, booting from the OS 9.1 cd and installing the classic OS. THis will not work because for some reason, when I choose the volume to install onto, the "select" icon is greyed out. I'm guessing this has something to do with write priveledges, but I'm not sure.

    Copying over the system folder from the OS 9 cd while within 10, trying t ostart classic, and it says "the classic system folder is only meant to be used with on installation disks and will not work if copied to another volume."(approximate quote)

    On I found instructions telling me to use the extra hardware installation cd that came with 10 to install classic. The problem is, my University has a site liscence for OS X, but the copy which have been made available to the professors do not include the extra cd, only the 3 OS 10.3 install cds.

    So, how do I install classic without the extra cd, from the OS 9 cd, or, why is the selection greyed out? Thanks in advance.~
  2. Romes thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2004
    I should add

    I should add that the two machines I have been attempting this on are a light blue and a dark blue IMAC. The other two are a white IMAC and a g3 tower.
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    The volume's probably grayed out because the Mac OS 9 drivers were not installed when the disk was formatted. The only way to fix this is to reformat the disk, checking the option to install Mac OS 9 drivers (or reformat the disk from Mac OS 9 - either option works). The error message you got about classic not working if you drag-install it is correct - Classic does NOT support drag-installation.
  4. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    That is almost definitely the right answer. If it helps, has a bunch of good info on reinstalling classic. Just search for 'install classic'. but I would bet dollars to doughnuts that it is the Mac OS 9 driver issue.
  5. Romes thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2004

    That makes sense, gald to know why it was grey.

    I ended up making a copy of the system folder of a freshly installed copy of 9.2.2 onto a cd, and just dragging it into the volume in each machine. THe drives are still not OS 9 bootable, but the user just wants classic anyways so doesn't mind, and classic starts up just fine. THanks for the help.
  6. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Glad to hear you got it working. The OS 9 driver issue was my guess too.
  7. dbz1985 macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2004
    Classic installation issues

    Hi, I formatted the drive and installed the os 9 drivers but when i try to install os 9 from the software restore cd it says Wrong Disk : That disc is not supported on this model of computer. And I have no other software restore disks for this Powerbook g4. Is there any solution to this problem?

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