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Another means of easy 9 / X boot switching System
If you are like me, you still have OS 9 installed, but relegated to usage for rainy days. This is why you would set the Startup Disk as your OS X drive (or partition).

Without having to go to Startup Disk in either OS, or using the Option key for the Boot Manager (which takes forever on my computer since I have broadband, and it searches for available network computers to boot from), I found the following hint a real time saver.

If you have multiple hard drives or multiple partitions, you can easily select which OS to use with one key at bootup without having a long delay. Whichever drive is set to the first partition (whether it be 9 or X) uses the D key (Default Partition) to boot from. In my case, I have 9 as my first partition and X as my second. If I ever need to boot into 9, I just restart and hold down the D key until I see the happy Mac. No waits, no worries, no problems.

This is helpful for older systems (like my old iMac 233A) which don't have the boot manager (Option-key) or the X key function (boot into X at startup). Likewise, you can switch your partitions so that if you only want to boot into X the odd time, set it at the first partition and hold D down whenever you want to boot into it.
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Skipping Net Check in Boot Manager
Authored by: Benad on Dec 30, '02 10:12:12AM
If you go in the Boot Manager (with the option key at startup) and you hold the mouse button until the spinning watch stops, it will skip searching in the network.

- Benad

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Skipping Net Check in Boot Manager
Authored by: bluehz on Jan 02, '03 10:13:21AM

Hey this would be great if it works! Haven't tried it yet - but bootmanager is unusable on my G4....with 5 drives and broadband it usually takes up to 20 mins before the buttons become active. What a joke!



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But..
Authored by: redcap3000 on Jan 02, '03 12:32:18AM

What happens if you have a couple of operating systems on your default partition (like say, osx,9.1, and 9.2.1?)



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But..
Authored by: tsugaru on Jan 25, '03 05:38:41PM

If you go to startup disk in 9 or X, the left most OS in the pane is the one that can be selected using the D key.



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Multiple systems in one partition
Authored by: noworryz on Jan 02, '03 11:27:24PM
Unfortunately, if your OS 9 and OS X systems are on the same disk partition (the default for most users), holding down the option key at boot time will not let you select a system -- the firmware only displays one system per partition. Perhaps Apple might add this feature to their firmware, someday, but it's probably not a priority.

Placing the systems in different partitions puts one more icon on your desktop. It also adds the hassle of managing space in another disk partition.

By the way, Macs too old to have Open Firmware do not display the system selection screen when you hold down the option key.

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Multiple systems in one partition
Authored by: tsugaru on Jan 25, '03 05:40:50PM

Oh no. Not one more icon. So if one of your OSes flake out, you gotta reinstall both if you have them on the same partition. Its not necessary to install an OS on a different partition, but it is recommended, but to the separation of stuff.



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Multiple systems in one partition
Authored by: clarityprod on Oct 14, '03 02:09:37PM

well what if you have OS9 and OSX on the first partition ? I tried to boot off the OS9 on my second partition and now it wont boot at all. If I can get my 266 IMAC back to the first partition with the D comand will it accept any of the OS systems there ? or will it still be confused and not boot ?

Ken

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Multiple systems in one partition
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on Mar 13, '05 04:57:32AM

Actually, there are Macs that are too old to display the boot volume selection screen when you hold down the Option key at startup, but which do have Open Firmware, whcih can be accessed at startup by holding down Command-Option-O-F: the beige G3, the Blue and White G3, the tray-loading iMacs, and I believe the Powerbook G3 Wallstreet and Bronze--there may be others.



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Another means of easy 9 / X boot switching
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on Mar 13, '05 05:13:34AM

On the older Macs I listed above, that are too old to display the Startup Manager when you hold down the Option key at startup (the beige G3, the Blue and White G3, the tray-loading iMacs, the Powerbook G3 Wallstreet and Bronze, and the PCI Graphics G4), holding down the Option key at startup lets the Mac boot into OS 9 no matter which volume it's on.



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