5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 18, 2014 4:17 PM by a brody
DavidMac Level 2 (385 points)

I have a full set of original eMac installer discs, and want to use one set to install OS9.2.2 on an Apple Pismo G3.


Can this be done?


I've heard Apple OEM installer discs are "Mac machine specific", and can't be used to install OS software onto other

Apple Macs of a different model. But, I'm not sure if this is true, as there may be conflicting views on this subject.



The OEM eMac discs I have are as follows:





Two (2) disc OEM set


   eMac OS X 10.4

   AHT version 2.5

   Disc version 1.1



Close-Up eMac Disc (OS 10.2 - JAGUAR).jpg





• Five (5) disc set:


   eMac OS X and Mac OS 9

   Mac OS version 9.2.2

   CD version 1.0



Close-Up eMac Disc (OS 9.2.2).jpg





So the question is .... if OS X Tiger 10.4 has already been installed on the Pismo G3 .... can the above installer discs of (5) OS 9.2.2 be used to install OS 9.2.2 on the Pismo G3?


I would assume the Pismo G3 Hard drive would already have to have the OS9 drivers installed, during the OS 10.4 installation (showing an OS 9 "System Folder" on the HD, to be able to receive the OS 9.2.2 installer discs. I also understand that if installable, that the OS 9.2.2 would only open in the "Classic" mode.


Any information as to if the above eMac OS 9.2.2 installer discs can be used to install OS 9.2.2 on the Pismo G3 ... would be appreciated.

OR .... if other OS9.2.2 installer discs would be more appropiate, and if so, what model of Apple installer discs to use on the Pismo G3.


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  • Allan Jones Level 7 (33,700 points)

    Do you need OS9 to be bootable, or simply be available for the Classic environment to use? If it works, the latter is the more likely succes route.

  • K Shaffer Level 6 (11,890 points)

    You could try the eMac disc(s) to see what they do.


    And it is possible to extract an OS 9.2.2 install from

    machine-specific discs from dual-boot X and 9.2 era.


    Certain extensions or expected drivers may be missing.


    {I've done it. You could see how the Pacifist (previous

    versions in maker's site) works. Functions in demo.}


    OS 9 Drivers are an option if the HDD was wiped

    so they'd be needed to boot any OS 9 system.


    Good luck & happy computing!

  • DavidMac Level 2 (385 points)

    K Shaffer:



    I have tried "pacifist" to try and open some eMac OS 9 installer disc files and packages .... not much luck there.


    However, I was able to locate "invisable" Installer disc files using "FileBuddy", and to extract the OS 9 installer.dmg, off the fisrt original CD installer for eMac OS 9.  After doing so, I was able to "convert" the .dmg to open in Mountain Lion 10.8.5 (using Apple Disc Utility "convert" function) .... and to finally see, and extract the OS 9.2.2 "System Folder" that is installed when using the eMac installer disc.


    Now that the OS 9.2.2 "System Folder" is in hand, it's just a matter of copying/adding the OS 9 "System Folder" on to the Pismo G3 Hard Drive (along with my OS 10.4.x "System" folder .... and launching "Classic" mode from the Pismo System Preferences Pane.

  • K Shaffer Level 6 (11,890 points)

    Glad to hear you were able to get that vintage system from an old disc set

    and may be able to use it on that nice early PowerBook. I'd been able to

    extract a Mac OS 9.2.2 system and install it, as a boot system; so long as

    the OS 9 Drivers are installed, with the hard drive and computer prepared

    for use with OS X and OS 9.2. Also with Firmware updated, before OS X.


    There are several different language versions of AppleWorks 6.2 in those

    computer install DVDs. That AW 6.2 can run in Snow Leopard 10.6.8, so

    long as the Rosetta utility is installed; without a need for Classic or OS 9.x


    Oh there are three or so build models of Pacifist on their web site, the older

    ones go back a ways and cover the same vintage series where you'd need

    to save old Mac OS stuff for reuse or recycling. And the newer version.

    If the original computer is long gone, a license for use of an OS is the disc.


    Good luck & happy computing!

  • a brody Level 9 (65,410 points)

    Generally speaking getting it to work is a bit of alchemy.  I tried the system specific discs for an iBook G3 600 Mhz on a PowerMac G4 450 Mhz with nothing but Type 11 errors.