11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 1, 2006 9:01 AM by varjak paw
C-Run One Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I want to buy a used piece of software (Rosetta Stone, a tool to learn foreign languages).

The guy with the Rosetta told me I'll need to run it in Classic Mode on OS 9. He also said he'll give me OS 9.

Will this actually run on my MacBook?

More importantly, will I run into problems if I have two operating systems running on the same machine? He's going to sell me the software at a great price, but it's not worth it if my computer is going to go south.

Thanks.

C



MacBook Pro 15.4   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • 1. Re: OS9 on a MacBook Pro
    Miles24 Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    Hi,

    The MacBook Pro is not able to run OS 9 since it does not support classic mode. Also, I never heard you need OS 9 to run Rosetta since I almost bought that program and was never "told" about needing classic to be able to run it. I hope this info helps!

  • 2. Re: OS9 on a MacBook Pro
    rascaldawg Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    All Classic/OS9 applications will not work on any Intel-based Mac because OS9 requires a PowerPC processor.
  • 3. Re: OS9 on a MacBook Pro
    Fantome Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No, the MacBook Pro (and other Intel-based Macs) are not capable of running Mac OS 9 but you don't need to run Mac OS 9 to run Rosetta Stone language software. Fairfield Technologies has a Mac OS X-compatible client that will work with your existing language CD. I'm not sure how they handle getting you the client software. Contact them at:
    http://www2.rosettastone.com/en/support

    Good luck! Its great software!

    15" 1.33GHz PowerBook   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • 4. Re: OS9 on a MacBook Pro
    Bill DeVille Level 3 Level 3 (805 points)
    You cannot run the Classic OS on an Intel Mac. That's definite.

    I'm not familiar with Rosetta Stone, but took a quick look at the FAQ on their web site.

    They say that Rosetta Stone will run under Mac OS X 10.2 or later, and that Classic is not required. <http://portal.knowledgebase.net/display/2n/_index1.asp?tab=faq&r=0.7005426>.

    I don't know wether that's true of the copy you are being offered for sale. Make certain that your copy will run on your computer -- do a test before paying for it. Or make sure you have the license for the copy and check with Rosetta Stone to see if you can download a version that will run on OS X on your machine.
  • 5. Re: OS9 on a MacBook Pro
    Cara Level 3 Level 3 (665 points)
    I currently use Rosetta Stone Latin Am Spanish. No classic requirements since it's native OS X. I'd worry about the age of that software if you need classic. But hey, given the huge cost, I suppose old and cheap is a nice alternative. I personally will be claiming it as a deductible on my taxes (I'm only learning spanish cause I work with many spanish speaking patients).
    I plan on maxing out my future MBP with 2 gb memory so hopefully rosetta stone will function at about the same level or better with rosetta...I am, afterall working on a relatively slower machine right now.
  • 6. Re: OS9 on a MacBook Pro
    realholgi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I use the one last OS9 app with SpeepSaver, a free "Classic" Emulator also running on Intel Macs.

    http://www.gibix.net/projects/sheepshaver/

    Good Luck,
    /holgi.
  • 7. Re: OS9 on a MacBook Pro
    C-Run One Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Wow, that's a great range of information. I'll make good use of it.

    Thank you all so very much for your help.

    Once again I'm thankful for moving to Mac.



    MacBook Pro 15.4   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • 8. Re: OS9 on a MacBook Pro
    C-Run One Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Aargh, this is my first time doing this.

    I wish I could mark quite a few of you as "Solved", as I got some great feedback.

    Them's the rules, I guess.

    Thanks again to everyone.
  • 9. Re: OS9 on a MacBook Pro
    C-Run One Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I should have actually read the rules; I thought I could at least go down and mark everyone "Helpful" one by one.

    I suppose the limit encourages more detailed responses to questions. In hindsight I see that as a wise policy, but I must apologize to those of you I shafted on the points.

    Next time I'll know.

    I really do appreciate the help.
  • 10. Re: OS9 on a MacBook Pro
    Andy Thornton Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Here's a daft question....
    Could you run OS9 as a guest operating system under Parallels? It does say 'any OS' on the website. (www.parallels.com)
    That would be so wierd!
  • 11. Re: OS9 on a MacBook Pro
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)
    Could you run OS9 as a guest operating system under Parallels? It does say 'any OS' on the website. (www.parallels.com)

    No. Parallels will run any Intel-based OS, but cannot run an OS compiled for another processor. Mac OS 9 is, of course, compiled for PowerPC processors. An emulator capable of translating the processor calls, such as the aforementioned SheepShaver, would be required.