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Need help installing classic onto an old Emac

481 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 1, 2013 9:09 AM by Allan Jones RSS
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Jun 28, 2013 5:17 AM

Total shot in the dark here and I'm not very technical so please excuse my man handling of terminology but I just bought an old emac for the sole purpose of running an ingenious piece of old Classic supported sound software called Soundedit 16. After some research I worked out the Tiger 10.4.11 was the cut off point for the Classic environment. So I have the emac and its running OSX Tiger 10.4.11, my assumption that classic would just be on the computer were wrong however. When I try to open Soundedit 16 it is first of all giving me the alert ' Classic cannot find a Mac OS9 system folder on the startup disk to use. It is then prompting me to install OS 9.1 or later (Classic support). So would you advise me to try and buy OS 9.1 installer CDs on ebay perhaps? or should I buy a Tiger install CD assuming it may have some kind of Classic support bundle.

Mac OS 9.2.x
  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,585 points)
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    Jun 28, 2013 6:46 AM (in response to Chequerboard)

    Our last eMac shipped with Tiger, and was not OS9-bootable but could run OS9 in the Classic enviromnment. However, it did not have OS9 pre-installed. OS9 was on one of the system disks for optional installation. So I'm not surprised to hear your findings.


    Did you get system disks with the purchase? They should ALWAYS be part of the deal.

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,715 points)
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    Jun 28, 2013 8:58 AM (in response to Chequerboard)

    Those won't work. Phone Apple and order replacement original disks.



  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,715 points)
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    Jul 1, 2013 9:08 AM (in response to Chequerboard)

    Retail Mac OS X 10.4 packages don't contain Mac OS 9. You must contact Apple.



  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,585 points)
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    Jul 1, 2013 9:09 AM (in response to Chequerboard)

    A full retail install disk for Tiger will not include OS9 to power the Classic environment. The only dsks that have it were the gray disks that shipped with that model eMac.


    Call Apple, ask for an operating system specialist (this was suggested by one of our Hosts, who are Apple employees). Have your serial number at hand--that's the only way they can be sure the get the right set of disks for your eMac variant. The disks for other eMacs may not have the right version.


    The cost is not bad--like US$16 per disk.


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