8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 15, 2012 11:01 PM by Don Archibald
Bill289 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have tried to install from the CD with OS 9.2.1 and the message I get is "The system software on the startup disk only functions on the original media, not if copied to another drive." I have done a startup holding the C key and the system boots but I still can't install it. Is there anything I can do as I don't care about the OS X system but need to have 9 working..... Thanks, Bill

  • 1. Re: Can't install OS 9.2.1 on my ibook with OS 10.4.11
    Niel Level 10 Level 10 (242,140 points)

    You need to run the Installer application and not drag-copy the CD's system to the iBook's internal drive.

     

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  • 2. Re: Can't install OS 9.2.1 on my ibook with OS 10.4.11
    Bill289 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did run the installer app and that was the message I got. I previously tried dragging the system folder off the OS 9 CD to the desktop but that didn't work either.

  • 3. Re: Can't install OS 9.2.1 on my ibook with OS 10.4.11
    Jeff Level 6 Level 6 (11,195 points)

    "The system software on the startup disk only functions on the original media, not if copied to another drive...  I previously tried dragging the system folder off the OS 9 CD to the desktop but that didn't work either."

     

    That's the error message you'd receive by dragging the installer disk's System Folder directly to the desktop or hard drive of the Mac.  What type of OS 9.2.1 installer disk is this?  Is it white with a large "9" on it and if so, is it a full installer or just the OS 9.2.1 Update?  If it's a grey Restore disk for another model Mac, that could explain why you're not able to install the software.  Additionally, some Macs had a specific pre-OS X software build that includes drivers to support the hardware in that model.  In some cases, these drivers may not be found on the universal/retail installer disks, requiring the use of the disk(s) that shipped with the computer when new.

  • 4. Re: Can't install OS 9.2.1 on my ibook with OS 10.4.11
    Jeff Level 6 Level 6 (11,195 points)

    One other point to mention concerns the model iBook that you have.  Those manufactured beginning in January 2002 shipped with OS 9.2.2, so OS 9.2.1 (being older) can't be installed.  Also, beginning in October 2003, the iBooks shipped with OS 10.3 and no OS 9.2.2.  If your iBook has a G4 processor, you'll need an OS X installation, because the computer can't boot into OS 9.  It can only run OS 9 apps in the Classic environment, while booted to OS X. 

  • 5. Re: Can't install OS 9.2.1 on my ibook with OS 10.4.11
    Bill289 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The OS 9 installer disk I have is white with the large orange 9. I recently bought this ibook assuming it would have classic on it, but it didn't. The date on the bottom says 2002 and it's a G3 A 1005. Sure wish I could install OS 9 but it seems unlikely.

    Thanks a lot for your help.

  • 6. Re: Can't install OS 9.2.1 on my ibook with OS 10.4.11
    Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (45,845 points)

    If you just want to run classic mode, copy the System Folder from another Mac that has OS 9.1 (or better with 9.2.1 or 9.2.2) installed. A USB thumb dive works great for this. Transfer the folder to your Mac. It won't interfere with your OS X system which is in a folder titled System.

     

    Cheers, Tom

  • 7. Re: Can't install OS 9.2.1 on my ibook with OS 10.4.11
    Bill289 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Found a friend with a system folder, much larger than I thought, and used a USB drive to transfer. IT WORKED...Thanks, that was the first time I made progress with this problem, thanks again.

    I must have missed something because when I went to run a program I got the following message  - Couldn't open because OTUtilitylib couldn't be found........ Another problem to solve.

  • 8. Re: Can't install OS 9.2.1 on my ibook with OS 10.4.11
    Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,155 points)

    "OTUtilityLib" is a component of Open Transport. Make sure all extensions with the words Open Transport or OpenTpt in their names are enabled.

     

    Also, make sure both of the extensions named Shared Library Manager and Shared Library Manager PPC are enabled.

     

    Sometimes it can help to throw away the OS 9 prefs file named ASLM Preferences, then restart OS 9.