Free Legal Way to Install Classic Without Disc

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  1. n0cus, Oct 5, 2014
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    n0cus macrumors 6502

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    Hey Everyone,

    Recently I was looking for a way to install Classic to play around with some OS 9 apps. I came across this article. It turns out, Apple is hosting the OS 9 System Folder on their website, it just requires a little looking. I have tried this myself, and can individually confirm that this does work. Some on this forum might know about this, but I figured it would be helpful for someone. All you have to do is extract the OS 9 system folder from this file on Apple's website, put it on your Macintosh HD, and you should be set to go.

    Have some fun with some OS 9 apps!
     
  2. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Can it be run in a virtual box in an intel mac?
     
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  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    No.
     
  6. ctmpkmlec4 macrumors 6502

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    Look in the original post for the hyperlink.
     
  7. n0cus thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Like Intell said, no. This is just the system folder. You would need an iso for VirtualBox. However like the article mentions, it is possible to directly boot into OS 9 if your machine supports it.
     
  8. Intell macrumors P6

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    Even with a proper emulator, it is not possible. Currently there is no Intell emulator that supports booting into Mac OS 9.2.2.
     
  9. tevion5 macrumors 68000

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    White-Green colour blindness does me no favours in discerning between black and dark blue text on an iPhone screen I'm afraid! :p

    Somebody kindly posted the link anyway.

    Interesting, I always thought it was Apple's policy to give away all its System 7 and older software and that system 8+ stuff was still technically under licensing.
     
  10. n0cus thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was unaware of this. Thanks for the tip, Intell.

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    I thought that too. Apple obviously didn't intend NetBoot to be used this way, but it does work, and sense Apple has it on its website, I figure it is legal.
     
  11. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Not quite. SheepShaver runs on Intel OS X, and emulates a PowerPC Mac. But it only supports up to Mac OS 9.0.4.

    Then there is PearPC, which has a port that runs on Intel OS X, and emulates a PowerPC sufficient to load Mac OS X for PowerPC (but not the Classic Mac OS.) So you can run your old PPC-only Mac OS X apps in a modern OS X, if you want.

    Finally, QEMU can emulate a PowerPC system sufficiently to run Mac OS X, but not Classic Mac OS. And it has an OS X/Intel port.
     
  12. Intell macrumors P6

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    My original statement is still wholly accurate. None of those emulators can emulate Mac OS 9.2.2.
     
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    You are correct, you have not made any emulators that support booting in to Mac OS 9.2.2.

    I was going by the fact that you originally said just OS 9, not 9.2.2. (I see you have edited your original post.)
     
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    My post was not edited and has always said Mac OS 9.2.2.
     
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    Sorry, chief. I had no idea. I hope I didn't come across as a smart-ass. I will admit that I'm not always sensitive to others' needs.
     
  16. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    This is how to extract the System Folder from it

    First open the disk image and select your language
    Right-click NetBoot.pkg and show package contents
    Extract NetBoot.pax.gz to Desktop
    Select the folder "NetBootInstallation" and Get Info. Modify the permissions to allow yourself to read and write.
    Open NetBoot HD.img (you may need to convert it; to do this open Disk Utility, drag in the image to the sidebar and select it, and click Convert.)
    Viola!

    There is nothing in "Applications HD.img" so don't bother with that.
     
  17. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Ok so I installed this on my beige G3 and booted into it. Guess what? It is not free. It has some Macintosh Manager software and you cannot get to the Finder without entering some username and password for something! There is no way to escape and you cannot even set the startup disk!!! Now I am stuck in this locked OS 9 and I cannot get into OS X! Now I am stuck at square 1! Thanks a lot for bricking my machine! You should've at least put a warning or something! :mad:
     
  18. Dronecatcher macrumors 68020

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    You've tried the user and password as advised in the article?

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/macos9/nR2QQCKaCFA
     
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    There's actually a simpler way to avoid the user name and password than what is described in the above link. Boot the computer into something other than the OS 9 system folder on the drive(OS X will work, as will an OS 9 install disk). Then, go into the OS 9 system folder and find the Preferences folder. There should be a file in this folder called "Multi-User Prefs." Drag this to the trash, and empty the trash.

    When you boot into OS 9 again, it should boot directly to the finder and not give any prompt for a user name or password.
     
  21. weckart macrumors 601

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    Perhaps just booting into OS9 and holding the space bar down opens the Extensions Manager where you can disable the offending extension.
     

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