Mac OS 9.2 to 10.x upgrade due to - 9.2 DHCP issue

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TiSwAsuk, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. TiSwAsuk macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2009
    hi - it's a long time since i've worked with Mac's and we have a G4 at work thats finally given up - i purchased a second hand one off eBay and installed the disk into it - it all works except for the network TCPIP doesnt get a DHCP address from the server (changed switch ports and wall ports etc with no luck ) + lots of other network troubleshooting, however bizarrely it will obtain one from my ADSL broadband router no problem!

    so my initial thought is to install a new NIC however the NIC requires OS 10.2 or more :(

    so questions are -
    i) anyone experienced issues with DHCP on a G4 and any work arounds, i've ditched preferences etc and that didnt work

    ii) buying a new OS isnt an issue money wise - but what version will run on my APPLE PowerMac M8493 PPC G4 800MHz 1.536GB RAM 40GB HDD and if i upgrade will it keep my applications as we dont have the original installation disks for illustrator/Quarkxpress etc...

    any other ideas suggests would be fantastic.

  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I think 10.5 will run on a G4, but I don't think there is a way to run OS9 apps on OSX - they are much different beasts.

    Have you tried googling "OS 9 DHCP" for possible solutions to your DHCP issues? Is it possible to just use a static IP if you can't get DHCP to work?
  3. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    Mac OS X 10.3.9 or Mac OS X 10.4.11 should run pretty good on the G4. Both come with the "Classic" environment, which allows you, to use most Mac OS 9.x.x applications within Mac OS X. The classic environment requires a preexisting installation of Mac OS 9.1 or newer (9.2.2 recommended). This should be a new installation on a clean HFS+ formatted disk (before you install Mac OS X on the same disk). I recommend that you install only the Mac OS 9 parts, which are really necessary (see installation options in the Mac OS 9 installer). Otherwise, some extensions can cause conflicts and instabilities within the virtual "classic" environment.

    Regarding your other software: You can burn the folders/installers on CDs/DVDs, if possible, so that you can erase the main HD with Apples Disk Utility.
  4. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Classic Mac OS Apps will run on OS X 10.4.11 and below. Anything above (aka 10.5.x) is incompatible with the Classic Environment.
  5. TiSwAsuk thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2009
    great many thanks for the replies - i will take an image of the disk just incase if goes pear shaped/backup applications folders and extension/preferences folders etc to usb disk - whack the OS- reinstall 9.2 and upgarade to 9.22 and then take it slowly from there.

    Many thanks for the advice - wish me luck!

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