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How do I install OS 9 on an eMac?

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Apr 13, 2013 12:48 PM

I've got an eMac, 1 ghz, ComboDrive, 40gb hard drive. As far as I know this was the last Mac model capable of booting into OS 9. I would like to make use of this capability as I have a old program that does not run properly in Classic Environment.

 

I have tried every method I can think of and I cannot get this computer to boot into OS 9.

The eMac originally came with Panther installed. It has been upgraded and restored a few times since then. I thought that I would be ablet to install OS 9 from the Restore disc but there doesn't seem to be any option to do that.

It will not boot from an OS 9 install CD.

I have also tried making a partition in the hard drive and installing OS 9 onto there, but that is not recognized at a bootable disk either.

 

I'm just about at my wit's end. How do I properly install OS 9 on this computer?

eMac 1.0 GHz ComboDrive, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Apr 13, 2013 1:46 PM (in response to §wordfish)

    Hi,

     

    eMacs had special OS9  on original Install Discs.

     

    In System Prefs>Startup Disk... OS9 doesn't show as an option?

     

    Funny thing though, I ordered that exact eMac with Combo drive so I could boot OS9, but it never worked for OS9, years later I used the Original Install Disc from my eMac 800MHz, OS9 installed & boots, but only to a tiny 320 * 240 screen in the middle.

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,640 points)
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    Apr 14, 2013 4:00 AM (in response to §wordfish)

    As far as I know this was the last Mac model capable of booting into OS 9.

     

    The distinction between those eMac families that can boot OS9 and those that can't are frustratingly subtle. The MacTracker database indicates some "eMac (ATI graphics)" computers with 1.0Ghz processors were OS9-bootable, but but others were not.

     

    It appears that the only way to tell is to find the Order numbers stenciled on the computer case. Mactracker has these differences:

     

    OS9 bootable: M9150LL/A (800 MHz), M8950LL/A (1.0 GHz) both without SuperDrive

     

    Not OS9 bootable: M8951LL/A

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,640 points)
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    Apr 18, 2013 9:13 AM (in response to §wordfish)

    I'm guessing on the bottom near the RAM door but our eMac that's at home has a tilt/swivel stand that takes a while to remove.

     

    However, this site:

     

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/emac/index-emac.html

     

    says the M8951LL/A has a SuperDrive so, if yours has the Combo drive as you show, it should be OS9 bootable. Unless you got one that's liek BDAqua's.

     

    You can try calling Apple at 1-800-MY-APPLE. Ask for a system software specialist. Give them the serial number of your Mac and they can use that to see if they can find or make replacement disks. Normally they burn these so, as long as the original disk images are on their servers, they should be able to get you the disk set that has the special version of OS9 needed. The charge is light, usually like US$16/disk including shipping.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Apr 18, 2013 10:17 AM (in response to §wordfish)

    Just to add...

     

    How to find the serial number of your Apple hardware product...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1349

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Apr 18, 2013 9:28 PM (in response to §wordfish)

    Says it can hhere, but requires special 10.2.5 Discs, what is the 2z691-***-A number on it?

     

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/emac/specs/emac_1.0.html

     

    If you don't know the model, find the Serial# & use it on one of these sites, but don't post the Serial# here...

     

    http://www.chipmunk.nl/klantenservice/applemodel.html

     

    http://www.appleserialnumberinfo.com/Desktop/index.php

     

    How to find the serial number of your Apple hardware product...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1349

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Apr 19, 2013 9:48 AM (in response to §wordfish)

    Hmmm, does it have USB2 ports then?

     

    Apple icon>About thid Mac>more Info>Hardware>USB

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Apr 20, 2013 10:11 AM (in response to §wordfish)

    Yes, that is, but might that be the Keyboard your'e looking at, or the bus? Does it mention USB High Speed bus there?

    USBHighSpeed.gif

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Apr 20, 2013 4:28 PM (in response to §wordfish)

    I don't remember if 10.3 reported that, but I'd suspect so, likely USB1.1 then.

     

    Only thing I can think of, like on mine, is that near the end of production they swapped some parts between the 2 models, or maybe more likely Flashed the NVRAM with the wrong code.

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