I'd like to seee Mac OS 9 8 7...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by QueenZ, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. QueenZ macrumors 6502

    QueenZ

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    Hello
    I've recently bought my very first Mac and i am now iBook G4 owner with OS X Leopard 10.5.5

    I have read about Mac OS 9, Mac OS 8 etc but i have never used any of these old systems.. :( But i would really like to.. I've see some screenshots but that is not enough.. :(

    Can i just make a new partition on my iBook HD and install Mac OS 9 for example? And the real question is .. where can i get these old systems?

    Please help!
     
  2. bartelby macrumors Core

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    You'd have to buy a copy of OS 9 off ebay or something. I think OS 7 is the latest one Apple have to download. IIRC
     
  3. QueenZ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wait a sec.. Are you telling me that i can get OS 7 for free???? Really? Where? :D
     
  4. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Here

    But your iBook won't run it.
     
  5. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    There's a how-to on how to run OS9 as a virtual mac with sheep shaver here. System7 would be setup similarly.

    System7 (v7.5.3) is available in 19 parts, here, direct from Apple, a gift to us all. How generous of them!
     
  6. QueenZ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    :D What? Why won't my iBook run it? :(
     
  7. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    Its way easier to delete a virtual machine than repartition your hard drive. And your iBook will just get cranky if you try to load system7 on it instead of in sheep shaver. :p
     
  8. QueenZ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK guys, let's slow it down a little bit..

    So i have now downloaded all 19 parts.. how can i make them as one file? and is it really just 20MB system??
     
  9. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    Well, according to this, I believe you use a boot disc then install with the 19 parts by clicking on part 1 once you're in.

    You may need a rom file, like this one. EDIT: This quadra rom worked for me, where that other rom did not.

    Some instructions there are a little different because it was done on windows. Sorry.

    Unrelated, congratulations on getting your iBook. They're beautiful.
     
  10. QueenZ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ROM file?? what's that? Why do i need it and where/how do i use it?
     
  11. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    In the memory tab in setup, use the quadra rom. The rom tells the OS that you're using a quadra.
     
  12. QueenZ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What do i have to do with the rom file i downloaded?
     
  13. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty sure you just have to tell sheep shaver where it is, in the memory tab.
     
  14. QueenZ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What is this all about?
     
  15. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    That's a hidden file in your home directory. I'd open it in Textedit. If you need to view hidden files in Finder, paste this into Terminal:
    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true
    When you're done with the hidden files, you can paste this into Terminal:
    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool false
     
  16. n8mac macrumors 6502

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    Congrats on your Mac QueenZ.
    Just an FYI your iBook is too new for these older systems to run natively without additional steps that the others here are helping you with. If for some reason these extra steps don't work out for you, you can get a cheap Mac off ebay to run these systems. It doesn't take much at all to run them as they are pretty old. You can find more info about your Mac here
    That site will tell you all you need to know about Mac specs.
     
  17. QueenZ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do i really need to have OS 9 on a CD?? Can't it be just a simple .dmg file or something?
     
  18. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    Yep. System7 is like 1991 or something, so any Mac that has 68k processor will run it nicely
     
  19. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, because you need to purchase a legal copy of it in order to actually install it.
     
  20. QueenZ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Will this ROM file work for Mac OS 9?
     
  21. QueenZ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK, so it says:
    Where can i get it?

    Restart what? My computer or SheepShaver?
     
  22. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000

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    Hii!

    okay, so I am following all of these instruction and I am not getting anywhere

    I would also like to try to run any mac os between 7 and 9 on my PPC Mac Mini 1.25GHz 1gig ram. Is this okay?

    Can I have NOOB instructions?

    Right now I am trying to get the .sheepshaver_prefs file into terminal. If i drag it into the window and hit enter I get permission denied.
     
  23. QueenZ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    you can open up terminal and type nano ~/.sheepshaver_pres and it will open it with nano text editor the file.

    Can someone answer my questions?

    -----
    OK, so it says:
    Where can i get it?

    Restart what? My computer or SheepShaver?
     
  24. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    hahahaha settle down settle down, sheepsaver is easy to use.

    download the ROM, tell sheepsaver which ROM to use, and make sure you have an install CD. you should be set from there.....
     

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