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Authored by: kerouassady on Oct 15, '02 01:57:09PM

Being able to choose your boot disk at startup is the reason to have this on a second partition. I hardly use it on mine but I do use it when I need to run utilities or defrag my drive and I will continue to need it until OS10 bootable versions of Norton and Disk Warrior. And as long as they don't exist and Apple keeps updating the OS in a way that requires me to have newer versions of system and utility software on CD, I'll need it. It just makes like easier when I need to fix stuff.

I've been wrestling with this since I got the new machine in last week. I have two 80GB HDs and the user will be using Pro Tools Free for audio so am partitioning the second drive to have a 5GB OS9 partition. Then, when the OS 10 native version comes out, I can install it and just blow away the second drive completely for storage use. I am intending to install a stripped down Classic on a disk image for use under X.

After hassling back and forth with Apple and visits to the Genius Bar, I was told the ROM on my older OS9 disk wasn't new enough to see the bus. My solution was to install OS 9 from a disk under Classic in 10. I didn't wipe out the machine yet and still have the OS9 install that came on the original drive. In order to get it to boot, I had to copy the Mac OS ROM file to the new partition. The guys at the Apple Store said that the ROM they had for testing was up to 9.5.1. The version on my disk was "Mac OS CPU Software 4.7". The ROM that came with the new one was 5.1. I had a lot of problems booted on the new partition until I went through the system files (Finder, Resources, etc.) and the Extensions folder looking at the version numbers of hardware-type things and copying over newer ones from the OS9 system that came with it.

After talking with AppleCare on the phone, they said they would send me an OS 9 system disk that should work. Well, it came today. It has 9.2.1 on it, an older ROM that any of the ones I've got and is labled "Macintosh Server G4". I tried launching the installer on it and was told it would not work with my machine. I don't really need the disk now but I guess I'll call them back on principle.

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Authored by: kerouassady on Oct 15, '02 02:16:08PM

Just got off the phone with AppleCare and they said that 9.2.2 isn't avaiable on CD in a form that I could boot a new machine off of and work with the new hardware properly. He suggested that I just get the partition how I want it then burn my own CD.

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