Taking an ibook back to square one...

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Taking an ibook back to square one...

Okay, I got an ibook g4, last of the PPC macs.
Ran CCC and backed up the whole hard drive to my USB external.
Trying to install OS 9. Won't install, won't boot from OS 9 disc.
Reformatted drive to Mac Extended, still won't boo from 9 disc.

Why ??

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Re: Taking an ibook back to square one...

Is the ibook newer than the OS 9.x installer disc?

Hang on...does the ibook even support booting to OS 9? If you go by the profiles on LEM, the G4 ibooks were Panther or later only.

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Re: Taking an ibook back to square one...

I have the 1.2Ghz "Icebook", which LEM says supports Classic.

I have a unbundled install for 9.2.1 and 9.1 as well as a bundled install for 9.2.2.

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Re: Taking an ibook back to square one...

Or did I read that wrong???

Cr@p...

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Re: Taking an ibook back to square one...

Sorry, but the 1.2ghz models need at least 10.3.7 or 10.4 as the *minimum* OS. Classic just means the classic environment in OS X. I had one of these machines, ran OS X leopard like a dream, until the GPU failed, and I sold it to someone. I want to get a 1.33ghz 12" or the 1.42ghz 14" as they are the last of the iBooks, and from what I understand, they have a much different architecture internally, and they ironed out all the GPU bugs that plagued the earlier models. Oddly enough, I had a couple of the 500mhz models and never had an issue with them, despite those being some of the affected units.

The last iBooks that will run OS 9 natively are the 900mhz G3s, and it looks to be 9.2.2 at that, and probably some specialized OEM version. A retail copy might run, but I dunno.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Taking an ibook back to square one...

I had originally tried to install 9.2.2 while running X.4.11, but it won't go on.

Thought I was doing it wrong.

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**UPDATE**

I finally got my iBook restored. I had to find my disk for X.4.6 and reinstall. Once I did this, I was then able to recover my other stuff via CCC.

I originally tried to recover the whole disk image but the incompatibility in firewire ports on what was available left me frustrated. I could not find a local store with a FW cable that could plug into my friends new laptop (with the tiny FW port) and the only cable I had was the 'old school' kind.

Long story short: I got back up on my laptop.

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