Does anyone know if there is a way to restore specific applications from the OS X install CD (rather than do a massive re-install)? Apps like iMovie and iDVD, etc. aren't easily restored, unlike the OS 9 CD.
yes. You have to look through the System Restore CDs (without starting up from them) and find all of the parts of the PKG/DMG ( I can;t remember which they are) files of the specific apps you want to restore. Some of them are spread across two or three of the CDs (depending on your restore set, most desktops have 4 disks now) but it can be done. I have done it once. It takes some time, but it is possible.
On the other hand, if you back up all your data and do a full erase and install of your system you will notice a speed increase. more of a hassle to get things back to good though.
No, not a fragmentation problem. Some of the installers are too big to fit on one CD is all, so they are split up into a few parts to save space. You have to find them allin order to do the installation correctly.
Use the program Pacifist, it's like Tome Viewer for OS9. You can pull out programs from within .pkg files. I used it to install iPhoto without Acrobat or all the other stuff in the Additional Applications package.
On this same topic, if you can extract the application you need, where do you install all the extra files that it needs to run that come with it? In the older Mac OS's I knew where to put the extensions, controll panels, fonts etc. but in OSX I'm a little lost.