Mac OS 9.2 and Mac OS X Public Beta

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I've been thinking of buying a DV SE to tinker around with and I would probably install Mac OS 9.2 on a 6 GB Partition and then The Public Beta on a 7 GB Partition. But when I turn on this computer will it ask me what partition to boot off of or just boot into the last OS that was open on the shut down ?

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Most important, while still i

Most important, while still in OS 9 and before you even try to install X, you MUST make sure the firmware is up to date. The key word here being MUST.

I think you need to install X on the FIRST partition which can't be more than 8GB.

It should boot into the last OS unless there's something wrong with it, like a dead battery. If it doesn't boot into anything, don't then try to boot the machine with the OSX install disk. You MUST make sure the firmware is up to date before even booting into a X install disk. The key word here being MUST.

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Re: Most important, while still i

Hawaii Cruiser wrote:

Most important, while still in OS 9 and before you even try to install X, you MUST make sure the firmware is up to date. The key word here being MUST.

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If it doesn't boot into anything, don't then try to boot the machine with the OSX install disk. You MUST make sure the firmware is up to date before even booting into a X install disk. The key word here being MUST.

Amen. Tell it, Brother Cruiser!

Hawaii Cruiser wrote:

I think you need to install X on the FIRST partition which can't be more than 8GB.

This was true in the Beige G3s, the tray-loading iMacs, and possibly the Wallstreet PowerBooks (I don't own a Wallstreet so I'll defer to someone who does), but it's no longer a problem by the time of the B&Ws, slot-loading iMacs, and Lombard PowerBooks. If he's got a DV model (slot-loading), he can put OS X on any size partition he likes up to 127GB.

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It should boot into the last OS unless there's something wrong with it, like a dead battery.

Again, a clarification: the iMac will boot to whatever system is specified under the Startup Disk preference panel (or control panel). Choosing a different system disc (or folder) using the Option key at startup will not change the Startup Disk preference setting.

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yes the wallstreet is include

yes the wallstreet is included in that list, as its an old world mac. is the original imac an old world mac?

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It's not Old World, but it do

It's not Old World, but it does use the old controller. Also, the trayloaders don't have the Option-key boot menu (Startup Manager) like the slotloaders.

Remember - factory USB means NewWorld.

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Thanks Everyone.

Thanks Everyone.

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Just as an aside...

If you're buying an iMac specifically for this make sure you get one of the 1999 or 2000 models. Something tells me Public Beta won't work on machines released after it was. ;^) iMacs of that age are lemons, so you might consider getting a B&W G3 instead.

I actually ran the Public Beta on a 233Mhz Bondi for a while after it came out. For the most part it sucked, (slow. Slow. SLOW! ARGH!?!) but I guess it had its amusing points. Once the novelty of the centrally-located Apple logo wears off you'll probably want to move on, so make sure you'll have other uses for the computer you buy for it when you're finished.

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