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Old May 25th, 2011, 04:13 PM   #1
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OS 9 for free?

I have a Dual 1.25 ghz G4 that i am selling to a friend with old recording software (pro tools and digi board) that needs OS 9. He has an old 450 mhz G4, so this is a decent upgrade in comparison, and the best he can do while still in OS 9. Anyways my problem is I don't have any OS 9 install discs anymore, lost over the years. Is there a free download for this OS? I thought I heard Apple was giving away the OS now, but I cant find any legit downloads, or even torrents for it.

***ignore, found my OS 9 install disc.
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Even if you could find a copy of OS 9, I don't think it would work on the G5. In order to enable Classic Mode under OS X under the G5, I'm pretty sure you need system-specific restore discs (that came with the unit) that has the OS 9 installer on one of those discs. You can buy replacement discs for that unit - let me know if that's what you end up needing done.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 05:12 PM   #3
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Even if you could find a copy of OS 9, I don't think it would work on the G5. In order to enable Classic Mode under OS X under the G5, I'm pretty sure you need system-specific restore discs (that came with the unit) that has the OS 9 installer on one of those discs. You can buy replacement discs for that unit - let me know if that's what you end up needing done.
Its a G4 its going on, it ran natively OS 9, it was my old machine for Adobe years ago.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 05:40 PM   #4
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I hope the OS 9 disk you found is v. 9.2.2 which that Mac needs for it to be useful and bootble.

I know that an earlier G4 SP dual-boot model we had, just like our existing SP dual-boot G4 1.25GH needed the special install disks to get OS 9.2.2 installed properly and most "normal" 9 install disks wouldn't work.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 09:51 PM   #5
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If you can get some version of OS 9 on the computer, here is a link to free upgrades to OS 9. It won't work from OS 8 or OS 7.

Mac OS 9: Available Updates
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Old May 26th, 2011, 01:32 PM   #6
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Depending on machine may have to be at least 9.1 or 9.2 to install.
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Old May 26th, 2011, 02:44 PM   #7
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Depending on machine may have to be at least 9.1 or 9.2 to install.
His dual boot G4, just like our later and the last SP G4 MDD 2003-2004 dual boot model needs 9.2.2.
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Old May 27th, 2011, 10:05 PM   #8
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Wasn't the thier a Mirror-door G4 that was OS X only. I think it's the version that came with firewire 800, but the one issued after the G5 came out could boot fully in OS 9. I remember reading about that limitation in some G4s. apple-history.com may have more answers.
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Old May 27th, 2011, 11:45 PM   #9
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Yup, some G4 MDD's (like the FW 800 model you mentioned) have a single OS X boot available but with a possible classic use only and with a pre OS 10.5.x install.

The last of the G4's, such as our SP G4 MDD were released to allow a dual boot using OS 9 or X (and classic mode use), but getting them installed properly needed the appropriate install disks without doing a lot of extra work-arounds and updates to get it working with both OS's.

everymac.com and the Mactracker utility are good sources for some of the basic requirements for such, and other Mac models.
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Just to formally correct the record: Apple has never released OS 9 for free. Updates (as seen above) are free, but you still have to have an OS 9 disc.

Having said that, if you are still operating in OS 9 in 2011 (for whatever reason) I think it's safe to say that Apple no longer cares how you obtain that original disc.
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