Mac OSX start-up question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by starla76, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. starla76 macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2005
    I have a Mac mini and have installed the Classic environment. Now, every time I restart my computer, I get this blinking globe (earth) icon. This continues for a good 3 minutes. Next I get the OS 9 smiley face blinking interchangably with a question mark. I assume this is asking me whether I want to be in the Classic environment.

    What I don't understand is what the globe icon is for and why its taking my computer twice as long to restart - almost 7 minutes!

  2. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    My experience with OS9 Classic is limited, but I think Classic is trying to boot up from a network drive and is taking the time to search for the boot drive.

    Hmmm... appears your OS9 boot folder is missing or corrupted? Go into classic preferences and choose the startup drive.

    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Try setting the startup folder in System Preferences.
  4. jcburn macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2005
    I've heard it's necessary to do a full install of 9.1 or 9.2 from the OS9 installation disks if you really need the classic environment. I believe the classic environment is lacking or incomplete in Tiger, and maybe even Panther. When I installed OS X on my machines, the 9.1 disks were included with the software. I read somewhere (mag or ezine or forum???) that with Tiger you really needed to do a full install of OS9.

    I'm not running classic programs on my high end machines, but do have it on an old dual proc G4, so I've really "lost" my OS9 smarts.
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    It's trying to NetBoot if you're seeing a blinking globe.

    Just go to the System Preferences and go to Startup Disk and reselect your start up disk and you'll never see this again. (as noted above by lacero and robbie)

    I don't believe this is true, as none of the Macs that have been out in the last couple years can boot from an OS 9 CD, and therefore one canot use a "full install" OS9 CD to install OS9.
  6. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    You heard wrong, I'm afraid. You install Classic from a CD that comes with your computer, nothing to do with Panther or Tiger. (On the Power Mac, it's the "Additional Software and Apple Hardware Test" CD, but it varies from model to model.) It's best to do it this way, because then you get OS 9.2.2, which was specifically made to work better in the emulation environment of Classic. You'd be more likely to run into problems if you get a 9.1 or 9.2 installation from somewhere else.


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