hey there, you have to make an OS 9 system folder(thats what classic is looking for) to do that boot to your OS 9 CD(restart computer and hold C key down when you hear the chime) and do a clean install of OS 9(equivilant to an archive and install in OS X world) after that done your computer will be able to open and use classic......
I have OS 9 CDS, but not the ones that came with the computer. They are the retail version, will that still work?
I want to do the same thing to the used powerbook I bought which came w OS X but doesn't have an OS 9 system folder so can't boot in Classic. I have OS 9.0 but it was from my old G3 desktop and it won't install. I can't update it w Apple's free updates to 9.2 if I can't install it.
I borrowed a friend's restore disks that came w her emac to load OS 9.2 that way, but that didn't work either cuz the powerbook could tell it was meant for an emac.
I'm having a hech of a time locating a copy of OS 9.2. I thought I could buy a retail version of OS 10.3 but apple's site says no, OS 9 only came w 10.0
Any ideas as to what I can do now? I'm a tad confused.
I'm going to see if the retail version of OS 9 I have works based on the instructions in the replys. If that is the case you can buy retail versions of OS 9 on ebay and some online places. What city do you live in?
i thought you didn't have any OS 9 discs at all, that is why i mentioned that you would have to get a hold of the original discs. But now that you've mentioned that you have the retail version i can't see why it shouldn't work. So i guess you will try apple_gurl's suggestion. good luck and let me know how it goes.
p.s. funny thing though, my newly purchased Powerbook came with a Mac OS 9 install disc, which i thought Apple wasn't including anymore. Anyway i am in Toronto, and if you're the same maybe i can help you.