how do i boot into os 9 on my osx ibook?

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  1. Dashum macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2004
    how do i boot into os 9 on my osx ibook?

    I'm trying to install Diablo II on it and it won't work in osx when it sets up the classic environment.

    I tried going into System Preferences, and changing the startup disk but it doesn't do anything.

    I tried holding option while the laptop starts up and it goes to a screen with a hard drive, a refresh button, and a right arrow.

    The refresh button just seems to refresh the hard drives, the only hard drive on the screen is the osx one and the right arrow proceeds.

    Please help.
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    If it's a G4 iBook or any machine with DDR Memory (FW800 for the PowerMacs) you don't.

    Otherwise some of the OS 9 boot "capable" machines may need to have OS 9 drivers enabled on the machine.

    Which may mean reformatting the drive with these drivers turned on.
  3. latergator116 macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2003
    Providence, RI
    If you already have os 9 installed on the comuter, go to startup disk in system preferences. Than, click on os 9 and restrt the computer. To go back to os x, startup the computer holding down the "x" key.
  4. Macpoops macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2002
    If it's a G4 ibook you straight up can't boot into OS 9 sorry
  5. DCKiwi macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2003
    If you do have one of the non-OS9 booting machines you could probably still run OS9 natively using Mac-on-Linux, I think. Haven;t tried it myself yet but their website ( suggests it runs almost as fast as a natively booting OS9.

    You would, of course have to install a linux distro on your ibook. I think Yellow Dog Linux comes with Mac-on-Linux included.

    Hope that helps.
  6. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says...the "option key" trick only works for bootable volumes, not os's, meaning that if your ibook was capable of booting os 9 but it was on the same partition as os x, it won't help you - you need to set it in the system prefs as mentioned above. and while a linux install running an emulator may be an option, I would not personally consider it a viable option for gaming in any way.....oh yeah!
  7. DCKiwi macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2003
    Mac-on-Linux is not an emulator. It runs natively on the processor.
  8. Santiago macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2002
    Mountain View, California
    Diablo II, once updated with the appropriate patches from Blizzard's site, runs natively under Mac OS X as a Carbon app. There should be no need to switch to Mac OS 9 to play. Are you saying you're having problems with running the installer on the CD under Classic?

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