OS9 on G4 Won't Mouse Click

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So: in my ongoing attempts to install OS9 and update the firmware on the Gigabit Ethernet I was given, I replaced both the hard drive and the DVD, and upgraded the RAM to the full 2 GB. I understand that I have to run the firmware installer from an OS9 partition on a HD; I can't use Classic mode on 10.4, nor can I run it from the CD. So I've been trying to simply install a single instance of OS9 on this system.

I booted a 10.4 DVD, selected Utilities, and reformatted the new HD. I set up a single partition with the OS9 drivers installed. Next, I ran the installer from an OS9 retail disk, selecting a fresh install from the options list, and including almost all the available extensions. The install seemed to complete successfully.

I rebooted into OS9, and everything looks normal, but the open-on-mouse-click function doesn't work. The cursor tracks the mouse movement across the screen, but clicking on menu entries does absolutely nothing. The odd thing is, the mouse works with the install CD, and it worked with the initial 10.4 install that the system came with, so I don't think it's a hardware problem. But now it does nothing. In fact, since I have to force the system off with the power switch, it comes back and runs the disk check routine automatically, and then I have to click on the acknowledgement button to get the boot to complete. And the mouse click works for that one button, the reboot continues and finishes. And then, no mouse click.

I have no way of knowing if the keyboard is working or if this is just a mouse problem since I can't open an application to try typing. The eject key doesn't open the DVD, but I don't know if that's a supported OS9 function. I've now been through this install drill multiple times, always with the same result.

The keyboard is a MacAlly USB, and I've tried three different mice, including one of the old Apple "hocky pucks" from an iMac DV. The keyboard and mouse are plugged into one of the back panel USB ports. Do I need to load a USB extension that isn't included in the standard install CD, use a different OS9 disk, or sacrifice a red chicken? What am I missing?

I'm open to any and all suggestions, and thanks in advance.
 
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After a suggestion on macos9lives.com/forum, I swapped the ATI 9000 video card for an ATI Rage 128, and everything seems to work now. The 9000 apparently needs a special driver.
 

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Thanks for the info!:)

- Nick
 

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