Power Book G4

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  1. Salm macrumors newbie

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    everyone,

    I have a power book G4 that boots up ok. The machine text is in Chinese. How can I change it back to English? I bought this computer on ebay in a bulk buy. I tried going to the apple but i do not see a system prefrence tab. The OS is 9.1

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. cw48494 macrumors regular

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    I'm not certain, but I believe you have to do a full re-install to change it or at least throw in the original cd to change language kits under add/remove software.
     
  3. Salm thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. cw48494 macrumors regular

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    That's a pretty big problem. Find alternative means!
     
  5. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    You're going to need to find a disk if you want to change the system language.

    Either that or learn Chinese.
     
  6. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    I'd suggest going to Ebay and looking for a retail(white background/orange 9) OS 9.2.1 disk.

    Without knowing your exact model, I'm hesitant to suggest looking for an OS 9 disk as it may not install. OS 9.2.2 disks are system specific, and there are folks on here who would probably murder you for one for a Powerbook G4 :)
     
  7. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    I'd better stick mine in a safety deposit box then!
     
  8. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    All I can say is that if watch TiBook prices on Ebay, 867mhz and 1ghz models with the restore disks bring a LOT more money than those without.

    I have the MDD 9.2.2 disks lying around, which are probably just as hard to find :)

    These late computers really are sort of a pain, as I don't think Apple wanted you to actually boot them into OS 9 even though they could do so. Unlike older computers, there's no discreet OS 9 install disk-you just run the restore disks which install OS X 10.2.something and dump on a 9.2.2 system folder for classic support. Fortunately, that system folder is bootable.
     
  9. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    My TiBook 667 (VGA) came with 10.1.something and 9.2 on the same partition. It's got a manufacture date about 2 weeks before the DVI replaced it. You can pick either OS 9 or OS X via the Startup disk preference, the post chime option boot menu only shows whichever is selected in that preference.

    That said the seller chucked an OS 9.2.2 CD in with the Mac, but it's labelled up for a PowerMac G4. Worked on the TiBook when I tried it though.
     
  10. mikiotty, Aug 29, 2015
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    mikiotty macrumors 6502

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    Actually, an interesting fact about that.
    Yesterday I took my original 2001 QuickSilver install disks, which are:
    - System restore disks 1-3, with a premade image of the hard disk with OS X 10.1 and OS 9.2.2 on it;
    - Mac OS X 10.1 Install CD
    - Mac OS 9.2.2 Install CD
    Well... both the OS install CDs worked on my iBook G3 without any issue, even though they say PowerMac G4 on the label.
    I'm soon gonna try them on another machine (even though I don't have any other PPC Mac that can boot OS 9... whoops), but I think they will work.
    It's weird...

    EDIT: whoops... the version is actually 9.2.1. :D
    They worked anyway...
     
  11. Dronecatcher macrumors 68000

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    Try the Universal install disk from OS 9 Lives website:

    http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php?topic=2109.0

    You'll need to look up how to burn an .iso to disk if you're not familiar.
     
  12. Macdctr macrumors regular

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    You can go to Macintosh Garden and pick up some interesting apps to run under Mac OS 9 from this link

    http://macintoshgarden.org

    For those of you who have 68k Macs you might want to download some of the software before they are no longer available...
     
  13. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    Are there any immediate plans to take 68K programs down from the Garden? I dug around and didn't find any mention of it.

    Just as a general observation, I feel like the 68K community is stronger at this point than the OWR PPC community. There is a strong community of OS 9 enthusiasts, but a lot of the current interest there is in NWR systems.
     
  14. Macdctr macrumors regular

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    No but you know that when you wait, that' when you end up finding out some programs were taken down. I haven't seen any mention either but if you can download and archive then you'll already have them :)

    interesting note...
     

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