What is Classic Mode?

ICEBreaker

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Aug 12, 2007
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Dear forum members,

I am a newbie and I've read somewhere that Tiger was the last OS to support Classic Mode and that Leopard will do away with this.

I've Googlepediaed for this term but none of the items that turned up actually explained it properly.

Can anyone please inform me of what Classic Mode is?

I would like to be able to find and use old Mac programs from the 80s and 90s. Is Classic Mode related to this?

Thanks a lot.
 

ICEBreaker

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Aug 12, 2007
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Thanks for your replies guys, especially Shard. So may I have confirmation that Tiger can run OS 9 programs but Leopard cannot? Or is Classic Mode related to the hardware. If I buy Tiger on the new aluminium iMacs, will I still get Classic Mode?
 

Eidorian

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Mar 23, 2005
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Thanks for your replies guys, especially Shard. So may I have confirmation that Tiger can run OS 9 programs but Leopard cannot? Or is Classic Mode related to the hardware. If I buy Tiger on the new aluminium iMacs, will I still get Classic Mode?
It's in relation to hardware and software.

Intel Macs can't run Classic Mode and a PowerPC one with Leopard can't as well.
 

a456

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Oct 5, 2005
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Thanks for your replies guys, especially Shard. So may I have confirmation that Tiger can run OS 9 programs but Leopard cannot? Or is Classic Mode related to the hardware. If I buy Tiger on the new aluminium iMacs, will I still get Classic Mode?
No, Classic mode has never been on Intel only PowerPC Macs.
 

Cromulent

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Oct 2, 2006
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Thanks for your replies guys, especially Shard. So may I have confirmation that Tiger can run OS 9 programs but Leopard cannot? Or is Classic Mode related to the hardware. If I buy Tiger on the new aluminium iMacs, will I still get Classic Mode?
Intel Macs are incompatible with classic. You would need to get an old PPC based Mac to run the classic environment.

Edit : Damn it beaten by 3 people :). I type too slowly.
 

ICEBreaker

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I see guys! Thank you all for your kind help. I shall get Sheepsaver then. Thanks!!
 

DoFoT9

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Jun 11, 2007
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hello, just got OS9 working under leopard. is anyone aware of how to read/write to the disk image that has been created??

apparently it is supposed to mount on the desktop, mine isnt doing that. is the disk image in a certain format? maybe i could add that and mount in disk utility and modify it there..


anyways,

thanks
 

gnasher729

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Nov 25, 2005
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Dear forum members,

I am a newbie and I've read somewhere that Tiger was the last OS to support Classic Mode and that Leopard will do away with this.

I've Googlepediaed for this term but none of the items that turned up actually explained it properly.

Can anyone please inform me of what Classic Mode is?

I would like to be able to find and use old Mac programs from the 80s and 90s. Is Classic Mode related to this?

Thanks a lot.
"Classic Mode" allows programs written for MacOS 8 and MacOS 9 to run on a machine with MacOS X installed. To use "Classic Mode", you need a computer with a PowerPC processor, not an Intel processor, and an operating system up to MacOS X 10.4 (Tiger), not Leopard.

You could of course look on eBay for an old Macintosh that actually runs MacOS 9 directly; they should go rather cheap by now.
 

DoFoT9

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Jun 11, 2007
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Singapore
"Classic Mode" allows programs written for MacOS 8 and MacOS 9 to run on a machine with MacOS X installed. To use "Classic Mode", you need a computer with a PowerPC processor, not an Intel processor, and an operating system up to MacOS X 10.4 (Tiger), not Leopard.

You could of course look on eBay for an old Macintosh that actually runs MacOS 9 directly; they should go rather cheap by now.
are you aware of system 7 being able to run over sheep saver???
 
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