OS 9 on New eMacs

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by chv400, Oct 24, 2004.

  1. chv400 macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2003
    Houston, TX
    Just wondering if it is possible to install OS 9 on the New eMacs even though they are unsupported. Is that possible or did apple completly remove that ability from the computers (hardware wise) or did they just format their hard drives to not have the OS 9 Drivers therfore not allowing an OS 9 install.
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    The only machine that had DDR memory and was able to boot into OS 9, was the PowerMac G4 (FW 800 signaled OS 9's death in that case, due to the PCI-based USB controller).

    Apple started disabling OS 9 bootability in the eMac with the last series of SDR machines.

    So if it's a SDR eMac, it either came with a OS 9 bootable partion -- or didn't.

    Don't know too much about the non-OS 9 partition SDR machines and the capabilities to boot OS 9 -- it was too big a mixed bag for a one-liner explanation.

    But, if it's a DDR eMac -- it won't work anyway. All new chipset switch from the SDR PowerMac chipset to the new Intrepid-base DDR iMac/iBook/PowerBook G4 chipset. Which Apple never wrote a OS 9 rom for.
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    All Macs ship with MacOS 9. However, newer Macs cannot boot into the veteran OS because it does not support such features as USB 2, FireWire 800, SATA, etc.

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