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How can I reinstall OS9 on Graphite iMac DV SE 400?

1846 Views 21 Replies Latest reply: Jan 22, 2013 7:07 AM by archidob RSS
  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)

    I'm more than willing to help 3DMonkey, but I'm quite certain Apple does not consider OS 9 public domain. So emailing it would infringe upon their copyright and they can afford to pay their attorneys more than I could mine. Besides, I don't believe it would be as simple as copying it to your HD anyway. The installer probably does more than copy files, though I'm not sure what. Probably modifies the boot blocks or something.

     

    I will check where the folder resides but I'm reasonably sure it's at the root level. Knowing its location probably won't help though.

     

    OS 9 retail install discs show up from time to time on eBay, though I can't find any at the moment. Amazon Marketplace has them at absurd prices. So does this vendor: http://hardcoremac.stores.yahoo.net/

     

    I'll let you know what I find out with my iMac.

  • kurt188 Level 4 Level 4 (1,325 points)

    If you're looking just for a retail OS 9 disc, you can also usually find them via Craigslist, depending on which city you live in. Another possible source is to join Freecycle.org and post a Wanted request for a retail OS 9 disc. Everything on Freecycle must be free, per the member requirements.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Feb 8, 2012 11:22 PM (in response to 3DMonkey)

    OK 3DMonkey, here is what I determined:

     

    You can boot the DV SE with the OS 9 retail disk by holding the "c" key at startup. Apparently, the technique of using the option key (which is normal for OS X) won't recognize the optical drive as a startup device. Apparently my recollection of an inability to boot an OS 9 formatted CD with updated iMac firmware is not correct.

     

    As I wrote earlier, I do not know if the "c" key technique will work if the optical drive has been replaced - mine is original so it works.

     

    Once you install OS X and the drivers for Classic/OS 9 you can use the Option key which enables you to choose the OS 9 System Folder on the HD. Installing OS 9 is painfully slow as it wants to check the entire hard disk for integrity at every step. The iMac originally came with a 30 or 40 GB HD but I upgraded it to the largest one possible 128 GB. The OS 9 programmers probably never thought they would have to integrity-check such an enormous disk.

     

    Here is the root level directory on mine

     

     

    Last login: Wed Feb  8 20:25:34 on console

    Welcome to Darwin!

    Johns-iMac:~ john$ cd /

    Johns-iMac:/ john$ ls -l

    total 1611746

    -rwxr-xr-x    1 root   john      925696 Feb  8 18:31 AppleShare PDS

    drwxrwxr-x   87 root   admin       2958 Feb  8 20:14 Applications

    drwxr-xr-x   15 root   john         510 May 31  2010 Applications (Mac OS 9)

    drwxr-xr-x    2 john   john          68 Feb  8 19:30 Cleanup At Startup

    drwx------    8 john   admin        272 Jul 18  2011 Desktop

    lrwxr-xr-x    1 john   john          15 Nov  6  2008 Desktop (Mac OS 9) -> /Desktop Folder

    drwxrwxrwx   13 root   staff        442 May 31  2010 Desktop Folder

    -rwxr-xr-x    1 root   john           0 Aug 28  2000 DesktopPrinters DB

    drwxr-xr-x   12 root   john         408 Dec  4  2005 Documents

    drwxrwxr-t   42 root   admin       1428 Feb  8 19:16 Library

    drwxr-xr-x    1 root   wheel        512 Feb  8 20:25 Network

    drwxr-xr-x    4 root   wheel        136 Feb  8 20:23 System

    drwxrwxrwx   51 root   admin       1734 Feb  8 18:31 System Folder

    drwxrwxr-t    8 root   admin        272 Feb  8 19:14 Users

    -rwxr-xr-x    1 john   john   815792128 Feb  8 19:30 VM Storage

    drwxrwxrwt    6 root   admin        204 Feb  8 20:24 Volumes

    drwxrwxrwt    2 root   wheel         68 Apr 22  2001 Volumes (Mac OS 9)

    drwxr-xr-x    4 root   john         136 Apr  3  2005 automount

    drwxr-xr-x   40 root   wheel       1360 Feb  8 20:12 bin

    drwxrwxr-t    2 root   admin         68 Apr  3  2005 cores

    lrwxr-xr-x    1 john   john          13 Nov  6  2008 cores (Mac OS 9) -> private/cores

    dr-xr-xr-x    2 root   wheel        512 Feb  8 20:23 dev

    lrwxr-xr-x    1 root   admin         11 Feb  8 18:49 etc -> private/etc

    lrwxr-xr-x    1 john   john          11 Nov  6  2008 etc (Mac OS 9) -> private/etc

    lrwxr-xr-x    1 root   admin          9 Feb  8 20:23 mach -> /mach.sym

    -r--r--r--    1 root   admin     604360 Feb  8 20:23 mach.sym

    -rw-r--r--    1 root   wheel    4352200 Oct 10  2007 mach_kernel

    drwxr-xr-x    6 root   wheel        204 Feb  8 20:23 private

    drwxr-xr-x   63 root   wheel       2142 Feb  8 20:13 sbin

    lrwxr-xr-x    1 root   admin         11 Feb  8 18:52 tmp -> private/tmp

    lrwxr-xr-x    1 john   john          11 Nov  6  2008 tmp (Mac OS 9) -> private/tmp

    drwxr-xr-x    8 root   wheel        272 Mar 28  2005 usr

    lrwxr-xr-x    1 root   admin         11 Feb  8 18:52 var -> private/var

    lrwxr-xr-x    1 john   john          11 Nov  6  2008 var (Mac OS 9) -> private/var

    Johns-iMac:/ john$

     

    The OS 9 System Folder is called just, that whereas the OS X System folder is called "System". Most of the other files are OS X specific.

     

    As you can see there are a lot of other files that relate to OS 9, not just the "System Folder" contents. So it's not as simple as just copying the folder - that alone would not be sufficient to boot OS 9. Furthermore, the HD boot blocks are not determinable from the above, and I think that is what you need to boot OS 9. I believe that can only be accomplished with the retail distribution CD-ROM.

     

    Let me know if this helps, or if there is anything else you want me to do with the DV SE before I put it back into storage.

     

    Here is a screenshot of the machine booted in OS 9:

     

    Picture 01.jpg

     

    and another of a circa 1987 program that I originally bought for my SE/30, running on the iMac:

     

    WK.jpg

     

     

    Yes it still works, even if Compuserve isn't around any more

    MacBooks  iMacs  iPods  AirPorts, Mac OS X (10.7.3),  27 years Apple!
  • archidob Calculating status...
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    Jan 22, 2013 7:07 AM (in response to 3DMonkey)

    Hi everybody,

    I got exactly the same trouble, after ten or more installations I finally solved it whith the following process :

    Step 0 : formating the HD using disk tools on mac OS X v10.2 install disk, be sure to check os 9 support

    Step 1 : mac os x v10.2 installed from original retrail disc

    Step 2 : then I had exactly the same issue whith classic "can't start form a copy"

    Step 3 : reboot on os x 10.2

    Step 4 :  then updated the os 9 support from an original grey mac os 9 install disk which came with a mac mini (before step 1, the iMac was not able to boot on this disk)

     

    The os 9 is now version 9.2.2 and the rom version is vFU1-10.2.1, the iMac fires up on OS 9 !!

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