Installing OS 9 on iMac G3

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JCLrox, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. JCLrox macrumors regular

    JCLrox

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    I am getting a Summer 2001 iMac G3, and I am pretty sure that it is does not currently have Mac OS 9 installed. It has OS X 10.1, and I want to install 9.2.2 so that I can use both OS X and OS 9. I am not entirely sure which disks to get to install OS 9. Do I have to install an earlier version of OS 9, such as 9.0, or can I just pop in the disk for 9.2.2? Also, I am not sure how I would go about with the installation. Should I insert the disk while the computer is booting up, or while it is on? When I do install it, will OS X be wiped from the computer?

    Online, I found a set of OS 9 disks for sale, and they look like exactly what I need, but I thought I'd give a description of them. From the picture provided, I can see gray disks, most of which say "iMac" on them. (if you want to see the pictures, I can give a link) The website selling them says that they are the iMac OS v9.2.2 Install disc, Applications disc, Developer Tools disc, and complete Recovery/Restore disk 1-6. Are these disks what I need to install OS 9?

    Any answers would be greatly, greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. gramirez2012 macrumors 6502a

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    An earlier version will not work. That particular iMac shipped with 9.2.1, so that is the earliest OS version that it will boot. A 9.2.2 install will also work.
     
  3. JCLrox thread starter macrumors regular

    JCLrox

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    Thanks, this is very useful info. When I install 9.2.2, can I use the disks I mentioned above? And will OS X still be installed on the iMac?
     

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