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Creating an OS 9 partition on new hardware
Authored by: ELegault on Apr 19, '03 11:36:39PM

Just got a new Dual G4 1.42 ghz, most of the work arounds I've read
don't apply.

For one, the System Restore has been changed, the new cd is titled
PowerMac G4 Software and you can only install OS9.x through the
"Install Applications & Classic Support" package.

I had a 450 mhz G4 with a seperate hard drive with OS 9.2.2 on it. I can
use this disk to run the Classic support but Startup DOES NOT
RECOGNIZE THAT IT EXISTS even though that the drive is set up for
OS9.x and runs successfully on the other G4.

So far it looks like there is no way to boot into OS9.x on the newest
systems. I'll be happy to try any hacks...

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Creating an OS 9 partition on new hardware
Authored by: twotower on May 12, '03 07:25:24PM

Here is some fule for the fire although I really wish Apple would release an OS 9.2.3 update that would allow our new machines to boot into OS 9.

ALERT: Booting Mac OS 9 on 2003 (Mac OS X only) Macs
After months of searching, it seems that we have finally found a solution for booting Mac OS 9 on Macs released after January 1, 2003 - which are designated as exclusively capable of booting Mac OS X by Apple.

Apple recently posted a new file to its private Apple Service Provider web page (accessible only by account-holding Apple technicians and resellers) titled "MacTest Pro for Power Mac G4 (March 2003) Version 7.8.1 supports all iMac (Flat Panel) 15 inch systems only."

The file is a CD image which can be downloaded and burned, then used as a startup disk. Testing in "Mac OS X-only" flat panel iMac system revealed that the image properly booted Mac OS 9.

Users can then copy a stripped-down Mac OS 9 system folder to their hard drive, and select it with the "Startup Disk" System Preferences pane, delivering a Mac OS 9 bootable internal disk.

It appears that a new MacOS ROM file (ver. 9.8.1) allows booting from the image.

Of course, this solution is only readily accessible by Mac service providers, but it shows that Mac OS 9 boots are not impossible on Apple's new machines. Also, please note that Mac OS 9 startup was not tested on any machines other than the 2003 flat-panel iMac.

UPDATE: The iMac tested in this report had a serial number later than xx303xxxxxx. Knowledge Base article #86209 states that these models boot Mac OS X only.

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Creating an OS 9 partition on new hardware
Authored by: hagbard on Jun 05, '03 10:53:36AM

bad news for the 0503 emac superdrive owners, this CD doesn't work.
I dloaded the disk image, burnt it, and tried many differents things, but it never worked.
I now believe that it's a firmware problem, and not a software problem...

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Creating an OS 9 partition on new hardware
Authored by: rampel on Nov 01, '04 09:15:37AM

The latest - and last G4 that can boot into OS9.2.2 is the 1.25 Giga MDD which is an earlier model than the 1.42 Giga
The 1.42 is not able to boot into 9 and I doubt if anyone is working on hacks in that direction. If anyhing - there's a group working on the opposite end - making Pre G3 macs ( 7300 ---> 9600 PCI macs) boot into 10.3.5

How ever, the 1.42 can launch OS9 apps in "classic" and for that you don't have to worry where you put them since they become part of the (OSX) system

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Creating an OS 9 partition on new hardware
Authored by: waltanamera on Jan 31, '06 03:21:56PM

I have a 450 Mhz Power Mac G4, with two separate HDs (19 Gb and 40 Gb). It's running under 9.2.2, but as I tried to upgrade it to OSX (Tiger), it crashed. I tried Panther, and the same... just about to finish the installation, it appears a message that there were some errors on the installation... I've already tried to do this with 4 different installation cd / dvds... I tried as an erase and install, as an upgrade on a partition, think I tried many different options, I also took off som RAM, but the same... any idea?

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