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Old 01-05-2012, 12:35 PM
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Default installing OS9 on a PowerBook G4

had to install new hard drive on my PowerBook G4...I reinstalled original software for the powerbook G4, but can't get OS9 to install, when I start up with OS9 in cd drive it doesn't boot up with CD background...any ideas?


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Old 01-05-2012, 12:58 PM
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Is this OS 9 disc older than the Powerbook? If so it usually won't work. Or if this OS 9 disc is a model specific disc, like if it came with an iMac then it won't work with a Powerbook. You need a model specific OS 9 disc made for your model powerbook OR a retail OS 9 disk made after your powerbook came out

If you think your disc is the right one then start up holding down the 'C' key until you see the OS 9 CD background.
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Which Powerbook because this Apple Doc says...
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In September 2002, Apple announced that starting in January 2003, new Macintosh computers would only start up into Mac OS X, while retaining the ability to use most Mac OS 9 applications in Mac OS X's "Classic" environment.

Products Affected
PowerBook G4 (DVI), Power Mac G5 (Early 2005), iBook G4 (Early 2004), PowerBook G4 (15-inch FW800), PowerBook G4 (17-inch), Power Mac G5 (Late 2005), PowerBook G4 (17-inch 1.33GHZ), iBook G4 (14-inch Early 2004), Power Mac G5 (June 2004), eMac (2005), iBook G4, Power Mac G4 (FW 800), PowerBook G4 (Gigabit Ethernet), PowerBook G4 (12-inch), iBook G4 (14-inch), PowerBook G4 (17-inch Double-Layer SD), PowerBook G4 (15-Inch Double-Layer SD), iBook G4 (12-inch Mid 2005), PowerBook G4 (15-inch 1.67/1.5GHZ), iBook G4 (14-inch Late 2004), PowerBook G4 (12-inch 1.5GHZ), PowerBook G4 (17-inch 1.67GHZ), eMac (ATI Graphics), PowerBook G4 (17-inch 1.5GHZ), PowerBook G4 (1GHZ/867MHZ), PowerBook G4 (15-inch 1.5/1.33GHZ), eMac (USB 2.0), Power Mac G5, iMac, Mac mini, iBook G4 (12-inch Late 2004), Power Mac G5 (Late 2004), PowerBook G4 (12-inch 1.33GHZ)
These Macintosh computers only start up in Mac OS X:

PowerBook G4 (12-inch) and later models of 12-inch PowerBook G4
PowerBook G4 (15-inch FW 800) and later models of 15-inch PowerBook G4
PowerBook G4 (17-inch) and later models of 17-inch PowerBook G4
Power Mac G4 (FW 800)
Power Mac G5 and later models of Power Mac G5
iBook G4 and iBook G4 (14-inch) and later models of iBook
iMac (Flat Panel) with serial numbers of xx303xxxxxx or later
iMac (17-inch 1 GHz) and later models of iMac
eMac (ATI Graphics) most models (see Note)
eMac (USB 2.0) and later models of eMac
Mac mini
Note: eMac (ATI Graphics) models with CD-ROM or Combo drives can boot into Mac OS 9. Also, be sure to check system requirements before installing versions of Mac OS X on your computer.
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One of the things I tried to do with my Brothers old iBook 800mhtz was get OS9 installed. It seems the replacement hard drive was the problem. Never would work. That would be my guess, the hard drive.


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Default OS9 install

Hey just let you guys know...the install disc (OS9) was a upgrade vs, I found the full vs of OS9 and it installed fine...thanks for the ideas...


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