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Can't install OS 9.2.1 on my ibook with OS 10.4.11

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Bill289 Calculating status...
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Oct 12, 2012 1:36 PM

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

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,345 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 1:44 PM (in response to Bill289)

    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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  • Jeff Level 6 Level 6 (11,160 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 10:30 PM (in response to Bill289)

    "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.

  • Jeff Level 6 Level 6 (11,160 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 10:56 PM (in response to Jeff)

    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. 

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,205 points)
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    Oct 13, 2012 6:41 AM (in response to Bill289)

    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

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    Oct 15, 2012 11:01 PM (in response to Bill289)

    "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.

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