classic mode install on G4 iMac

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  1. minifridge1138, Jan 25, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2012

    minifridge1138 macrumors 65816

    Jun 26, 2010

    I have a G4 iMac that can not boot into OS 9.
    I have read that it can run classic mode in OS X.

    I currently have 10.4 installed.
    I have the 10.1 and 9.2 recovery disk that came with the iMac.

    How do I get classic mode if I can't install OS 9?

    I must be missing something...

  2. MacinDan macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    I installed Classic Mode on an aluminum Powerbook just by dragging an OS 9.2.2 system folder from a CD to the hard drive running Tiger. I don't know if your recovery discs have a system folder handily available for that, though.
  3. minifridge1138 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 26, 2010
    I'll give that a try when I get home.

    I'm actually disappointed that I can't dual boot.

    I used the restore discs on a spearate partition from 10.4 and it installed 10.1 with a working classic mode. I think that's the "official" way to do it :apple:.

    But your way sounds much better :D.
  4. minifridge1138 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 26, 2010
    That worked, I just copy/pasted the System folder to my 10.4 install partition and pointed classic mode to that.


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