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  1. #1
    Unhappy Stuck on OS9 CD!
    Hi, I'm new to MacForums and I just recently found a bunch of my old Macintosh games in a CD case. I wanted to put them in my iBook G3 Clamshell, but they wouldn't work on it because it was running Mac OS X 10.3.9 and I didn't have Classic. I got a Mac OS 9.2 CD and put it in, but it wouldn't work as a Classic hard drive. So, I used XPostFacto to boot off of the CD. But then, it booted off of the CD demo and it didn't let me install it on the hard drive. I restarted the laptop, but it booted up in the CD again! I took out the disk, but it just gave me a question mark folder like, "Where's the hard drive?" instead of booting in Mac OS X. What should I do?

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    Stuck on OS9 CD!
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    To intall OS 9 the hard drive had to be set up enabling OS 9 drivers at the time of format. If this step was missed no install alas. And is the OS 9 CD a full retail install or one that came with a different computer? If the CD is okay a clean install of Panther may fix your problem.
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    I don't really know. It says

    "Mac OS 9 Featuring Sherlock 2
    To start up from this CD, hold down the C key as the computer starts up.
    Version 9.2.1
    691-3334-A"

    I got it off the internet. How can I tell if it's a full retail copy or not?

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    Stuck on OS9 CD!
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    I believe the retail disc would be white and it does not say Update CD.

    But, as harry noted above - you'll not be able to install OS 9 unless during the install of OS X you have it install the OS 9 drivers. If that was not done when you installed OS X, you will not be able to install OS 9.
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    Stuck on OS9 CD!
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    This seems to be what you have and if so it if the ful version:-

    Mac OS 9 2 1 Original Full Install CD RARE Free Shipping | eBay

    However note that unless the OS 9 drivers were installed at the time of formatting for OS X, Classic will not install. You may well be up for a wipe of the drive and start anew installing OS 9 drivers by ticking the box.
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Could I use safe boot or something and start up in OSX? Is there a boot menu or anything? Because I'm kinda saving a reinstall of Mac OS X as a last resort.

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    Stuck on OS9 CD!
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    Pop in the OS X DVD and run Repair Disk from Utilities there and see what is reported for starters. You cannot repair a drive you are booting from.
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Stuck on OS9 CD!
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    Normally, if you hold down the Option key during the boot process, you will arrive at a screen that allows you to select the device to boot from. Once you get here, you should be able to reselect your existing OS X install and reboot it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mac57 View Post
    Normally, if you hold down the Option key during the boot process, you will arrive at a screen that allows you to select the device to boot from. Once you get here, you should be able to reselect your existing OS X install and reboot it.
    Thanks! It boots in OS X now!

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    Stuck on OS9 CD!
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    I am the proud owner of several CDs from the OS9 era (and even OS8). I also own a VHS VCR and many cassettes. Speaking of cassettes, I also have many of the audio only variety, and the equipment to play them, alas, only in my house now, as the cars no longer have a cassette player. I also have many vinyl record albums and a turntable. My cell phone can call or text, but that's it. In addition, I have one analog TV. However, earlier this week, I upgraded my AT&T internet from 768kps DSL to 3MB broadband. Maybe there's hope for me yet. But I was forced into it, as they are phasing out my old service.

    I think it's a conspiracy. But I refused to purchase a different entertainment center for the new LCD 42" TV. I modified it instead.

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    Stuck on OS9 CD!
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    I've got one of those 9.2.1 CDs, wonder how much they really sell for
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