eMac G4 1Ghz 10.4.11 > 9.2.2

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by vkd, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. vkd macrumors 6502a

    vkd

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2012
    #1
    Hi,
    I recently acquired an eMac g4 that has Tiger 10.4.11 installed which in turn has the classic environment within it 9.2.2. I got it because I want to play the Tomb Raider Trilogy series on it, that's the original TR1, 2 and 3 games. They all need the classic mode to run. Unfortunately however, the TR1 game is slightly buggy, the Lara figure has no midriff; between her top piece and shorts she is invisible or see-through! Also the passport feature has no words on it, to save, load, exit etc., although the pages do flip. The controls feature also don't work, ie. the keyboard and graphics customisation.

    I can't see any way of fixing these things, that ONLY occur in the TR1 game, whilst the TR2 & 3 run faultlessly. I was thinking of making a dual boot mode on the machine with Mac OS 9 and 10 in separate partitions. Does anyone know if I could do that? Will this machine boot OS 9? Most importantly, would it fix the problem?

    Any other helpful ideas?
     
  2. skinniezinho macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2009
    Location:
    Portugal
    #2
  3. blesscheese macrumors 6502a

    blesscheese

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2010
    Location:
    Central CA
    #3
    My understanding was that you can *not* dual boot the consumer version, but that the education version (available in special configurations) was able to, for at least the initial run.

    I would say try it, but clone your drive before you try it, so you can restore things back to they way things were, if it doesn't work out.

    Looks like the full quote from the everymac site is:

    So...if you can't find the part number on the thing, see if you can burn a DVD. If you can, then you can't boot in OS 9. I would get the part number off the thing first...that would save you a lot of time and heartache, if you go through all the work to just find out it never would have worked in the first place.
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2010
    Location:
    Inside
    #4
    All eMacs that are 700Mhz and 800Mhz can boot OS 9.2.2. Some 1Ghz eMacs can boot OS 9.2.2, even with a SuperDrive. If your eMac has USB 1.1 ports, it can boot OS 9.2.2. Some of the later USB 1.1 models may have to be tinkered with before it'll install, by they'll run it.
     
  5. vkd thread starter macrumors 6502a

    vkd

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2012
    #5
    Ok so looks like it will boot OS 9. Next thing is, can I make a USB stick and install OS 9 from there? I haven't burned a CD for years! I got a .dmg of 9.2.2 but I'm not sure how to get it onto a USB
     
  6. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

    Lil Chillbil

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2012
    Location:
    California
    #6
    it will be terribly slow booting on usb 1.1 may I strongly recommend a firewire drive
     
  7. vkd thread starter macrumors 6502a

    vkd

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2012
    #7
    Hm. I'd love to but it's out of the question unfortunately. :/

    I tried to restore the OS 9 .dmg to a USB stick in Disk Utility but I couldn't get it to work. Does anyone have any experience of how to do this?
     
  8. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2010
    Location:
    Inside
  9. vkd thread starter macrumors 6502a

    vkd

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2012
    #9
    :( Looks like 'Game Over' :(
     
  10. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

    MisterKeeks

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2012
    #10
    Unless you get a firewire drive. You probably can get a CD/DVD drive inexpensively on eBay. I know my local Goodwill had one for $20.
     
  11. jgreesonfay macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2013
    #11
    Emac boot to Classic hassle

    Hi; I need to be able to boot an Emac I recently bought into Mac OS9, but I just read that the one I have which has a Superdrive isn't bootable into OS9. Your comment says it can be tinkered with to work. I don't know how to determine if my Emac has USB 1.1 or not. I don't have any documentation on it except for the System Profiler. It says the PCI Device IS is 0x0019and the revision ID is 0x0001 The Host Controller Driver is AppleUSBOHCI.

    Any help you can offer me will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Jim Greeson
     
  12. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2010
    Location:
    Inside
    #12
    Connect a USB drive to that iMac and copy something large to it. If the copied data increments up by 1.5 megabytes, you have USB 1.1. If it goes up by increments larger than 1.5 megabytes, you have USB 2.0 and cannot run Mac OS 9.
     
  13. 666sheep macrumors 68040

    666sheep

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2009
    Location:
    Poland
    #13
    Decode eMac's serial number with one of popular decoding sites (klantenservice or else) and you'll know exact model, production year etc. Then visit everymac.com and see what their database says about your particular model.
     

Share This Page