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How do I install the Classic environment to existing OS 10.3.9

5131 Views 23 Replies Latest reply: Dec 26, 2012 9:53 PM by Kenneth Nielsen RSS
  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)

    Plan A

    •  Apple Mac OS X ver. 10.4 PowerBook G4 install discs, this includes both disc 1 and disc 2.   2Z691-5517-A / 2Z691-5499-A includes Mac OS     9.2. These discs were from a 12 inch PowerBook G4.


    I would try to install from these first as it is possible the original is the same as yours. It may be from a G4 12" made previous to yours so might refuse to work, but you won't know till you try. I would do an erase and install if it allows and if not then use Disk Utility to make 1 partition which also erases the drive, and then install.


    Plan B • 

    Apple Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Full Retail Installation CD Set

    Apple OS X 10.4 Tiger Install Disc Power Mac(Upgrade from 10.3) that needs Panther to upgrade from.


    This should work also if problems from plan A exist. You end up at the same destination despite B being a little longer path.


    Keep me posted

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)

    From some notes I saved earlier on classic install. I have done this and it worked. A lot easier than the install disks which seem to be problematic. There is a system folder on the OS 9 install disk which might work.


    You can install Classic support on the G4 by copying the System Folder from another Mac on which Classic mode works.


    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.




    There is a system folder in the OS 9 install disk which might work.

    Screen Shot 2012-12-24 at 1.14.25 PM.jpg



    This is the OS X folder where it goes

    Drag sf.jpg


    This looks interesting also.


  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)


    The later G3 powerbooks  Lombard ( Bronze Keyboard PowerBook1,1) or Pismo (Firewire PowerBook3,1) will have USB 1 ports.


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