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    Question Which OS 9 for OSX?
    I searched and could not find the info I need. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    My wife wants to run Quark (an OS 9 version as it was given to here) at home on my G4 Flat Panel 1.25. My OS X install disk does not have Classic on it. Which version of OS 9 should I get (plenty on ebay - not sure which one I need)? Currently I have OS X 10.4.3. I am assuming I am looking for an OS 9 CD (or set of CD's)?

    We need this ASAP as she uses the home computer to do our school's newspaper (yes - got them to switch to mac's!) .

    Thanks,
    Lee

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    I does not matter which version, as you can update to a . point update later.
    Ideally you can set up a new partition and install OS 9 on the new partition and ual boot it with the existing OS X.

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    You probably have everything needed to support Classic on one of the disks that came with your Mac. It may be on an "Install disk 2."

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    I got a mac 800 Flat panel from ebay that had its software removed. I ordered OS X Tiger when it came out and got an install DVD. After putting in Tiger, the 800 worked fine with Classic.

    I got a 1.25 Flat panel with Panther on it - installed Tiger from the aforementioned DVD and it does not support Classic as it will not load anything for OS 9.

    As far as putting it ona new partition - I would ather just have it run the Classic environment than have to choose a boot partition on every startup.

    Thanks for the help.
    Lee

    I checked over the DVD - using some of the "For Dummies" books and other tech books and have determined that my DVD does not have OS 9 support (at least that I can find!).

    Thanks for the tips.

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    I have searched (thotoughly) the Tiger DVD I used to install with. There is no OS 9 on it (or support for that matter). The mac I bought the DVD for was a flat panel 800 (an ebay bargain) that had had its software partially removed by an active 2 years old. Evidently the 800 already had classic support on it as, when Tiger was installed, the 800 would run Classic with Quark Express (an OS 9 version).

    I then got a 1.25 Flat panel (a REAL bargain on ebay). It had Panther on it. I used the same DVD to install Tiger. There was/is still no Classic support.

    I could not find classic support on the DVD (but I did install X11 etc.).

    Thanks for the info,
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    Your pretty much just looking for an OS 9.0 CD. It should only be one. OS 9 isn't proprietary to any one machine so long as it's PowerPC based. I use an Imac OS 9 install CD on all my G-series computers for instance.
    After you get it you will have to download the updates to get it to 9.2.2 which was the last version of OS 9. The updates are free and still online at apple.com.


    Here is one at amazon http://www.amazon.com/Mac-OS-9-0-OLD...4491046&sr=8-1

    And heres one thats exactly like mine on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/Mac-OS-9-2-Full-...QQcmdZViewItem

    However I paid about $50 for mine used about 2 years ago. You will have to do a separate partition on your Hard Drive in order to run OS 9 effectively. Classic mode is pretty limited compared to the real thing . Hope all this helps. If you have any more questions just ask!

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    I know it's expensive, but I would really recommend getting hold of Quark 6, or even better version 7.

    Using an old Quark version on OS 9 is not a pleasant experience.

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    Thanks for all the info. If I was a serious Quark user - I'd update. The simple job my wife needs to do each month is not worth getting a newer version.

    thanks for taking the time to find an exact version on ebay also. 7 hours from now I will know if I need to try ebay again!

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    Has she ever thought of making a newsletter from iWork 6's "Pages" - You can make some really nice documents from there.

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    No problem. Hope everything works out great.

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    Could someone point me to a short and simple tutorial for installing the OS 9 I got from ebay (macOs9user!) onto my 1.25 G4 Flat Panel?

    Thanks,
    lee

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbrewer42 View Post
    Could someone point me to a short and simple tutorial for installing the OS 9 I got from ebay (macOs9user!) onto my 1.25 G4 Flat Panel?

    Thanks,
    lee
    I assume you mean installing OS 9 after you already have OS X installed.

    This article should help:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.h...tnum=106294#m9
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffreyLloyd View Post
    Has she ever thought of making a newsletter from iWork 6's "Pages" - You can make some really nice documents from there.
    Unless she specifically needs the file to be in the quark format, I agree 100% Pages will be a much better experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbrewer42 View Post
    Could someone point me to a short and simple tutorial for installing the OS 9 I got from ebay (macOs9user!) onto my 1.25 G4 Flat Panel?

    Thanks,
    lee
    Boot from OS9 CD/DVD and install. It won't mess with OSX and OSX won't mess with it. You cans safely install on the same drive and same partition or you can install on a separate drive or partition as long as it is a bootable drive.

    For those looking for OS9 on their OSX DVDs, you won't find it. Every computer I have purchased that came with OSX/OS9 has a separate OS9 install CD. You need one of those. They are hard to miss, they're white with a big orange "9" on the front.


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    Hi,
    I got the OS 9 disk awhile ago. When I try to boot from it (holding down during reboot), the screen gives me a pic of a small mac computer with a question mark on the screen. Any ideas?

    It then takes its time spinning the disc and finally boots in OSX. I know that there need be a system folder in the main directory of the HD. Is there a way I can install OS9 without using the installation program on the OS 9 CD?

    Lee

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