confusing. do i need OS 9.1?

imback

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Original poster
Jul 23, 2004
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When I download and try to run certain programmes. with panther, i get the following message:

Classic cannot find a Mac OS 9 system folder on the start up disk to use. You may need to install mac OS 9.1 or later on your computer. To select a system folder on another volume, click open classic preferences.
does this mean i cant run those programmes or i can if i install os9? if i install that, would it replace 10.3 panther?

Thanks for any help folks. Much appreciated.
 

MisterMe

macrumors G4
Jul 17, 2002
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imback said:
When I download and try to run certain programmes. with panther, i get the following message:



does this mean i cant run those programmes or i can if i install os9? if i install that, would it replace 10.3 panther?

Thanks for any help folks. Much appreciated.
Unless your computer is quite old, it will run MacOS 9.2. Compared to MacOS 9.1, 9.2 has no features added. If your computer can run MacOS 9.1, then it is missing only if you or someone else removed it. Well, I suppose that your computer could have MacOS 8, but then it would be really old. At any rate, you may try searching for System Folder. If no version of MacOS 9 currently resides on your computer, then you can install it with no problems. It will remove nothing from MacOS X. After the installation, MacOS X will add Classic Support to the MacOS 9 System Folder.
 

Jason_Bryan

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Apr 27, 2003
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Sheffield, UK
When did you get your computer? I got a copy of OS 9 in the software package that came with both my PowerMac and iBook, but I didn't get a copy of OS 9 when I purchased OS X.2 and OS X.3. I know you can't boot straight into OS 9 on mew Macs anymore but I am sure you still get it on the software disks.
 

imback

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Original poster
Jul 23, 2004
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Thanks guys.

I bought a G5 1,8 just a few months ago. Where can I get OS9 to install it? or if its on my computer already, how do I initiate it?

thanks
 

Jason_Bryan

macrumors regular
Apr 27, 2003
117
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Sheffield, UK
Have a look at the apple software disks that came with the computer, is there one named OS 9 install disk. If you haven't wiped the HD from new open up the System Prefs and go to the icon marked Classic, it will automatically search your Hard drive for a OS 9 System File. If it finds one click the start button.
 

gopher

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Mar 31, 2002
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imback said:
Thanks guys.

I bought a G5 1,8 just a few months ago. Where can I get OS9 to install it? or if its on my computer already, how do I initiate it?

thanks
One of these three articles explains how to restore Mac OS 9 from the restore CDs that come with G5s:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106294
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86775
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=42929

Mind you, if you can find a machine that will boot into Mac OS 9, that would be better for running Mac OS 9 applications, since the full array of Mac OS 9 drivers is not accessible to the Classic environment within X. For more about that, see my Mac OS X migration FAQ:

http://www.macmaps.com/macosxnative.html
 
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