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Free versions of OS 9 to download?? #422127 04/02/09 08:24 PM
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Is it ture that you now can download a free version of OS 9? If so, where can this be done?

Re: Free versions of OS 9 to download?? [Re: ] #422187 04/03/09 11:14 AM
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You can try this lin:

http://download.cnet.com/Apple-Mac-OS-Update-9-0-4/3000-2098_4-10042689.html

Maybe it will do. IIRC there were lots of extension conflicts going on at that time, and it really took some effort to give programs enough memory as well as resolve conflicts. Good luck.


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Re: Free versions of OS 9 to download?? [Re: ] #422215 04/03/09 01:27 PM
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The bigger question is: Why do you want OS9? To play around with is fine, but it's dead technology.

Re: Free versions of OS 9 to download?? [Re: John Rougeux] #422251 04/03/09 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted By: John Rougeux
The bigger question is: Why do you want OS9? To play around with is fine, but it's dead technology.


I was just curious about OS 9 that's all. I've been exploring and studying Apple technology lately and just wanted see what OS 9 was like.

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Re: Free versions of OS 9 to download?? [Re: ] #422325 04/03/09 11:34 PM
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The last version of OS 9 was 9.2.1.


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Re: Free versions of OS 9 to download?? [Re: MacBozo] #422331 04/04/09 12:03 AM
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Wasn't it 9.2.2?

And by the way, there is no free OS 9 available. You'd still have to pay.


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Re: Free versions of OS 9 to download?? [Re: yoyo52] #422335 04/04/09 12:13 AM
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Maybe it was 9.2.2. These days, I can't remember that long ago. laugh


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Re: Free versions of OS 9 to download?? [Re: MacBozo] #422337 04/04/09 12:30 AM
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Re: Free versions of OS 9 to download?? [Re: yoyo52] #422735 04/06/09 11:30 AM
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Someone gave me the OS 9.1 and 9.22 discs. However, when I go to install the OS 9, the Classic menu opens and get this message "No Classic system folder: You do not have a version of Mac OS 9 installed that supports Classic. Install mac OS 9.1 or later." I'm unable to install the OS 9. I even checked the startup disk and OS 9 is not there. So any ideas on this one and what I can do to get OS 9 on there?

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Are you able to start up the computer from the 9.1 or 9.2.2 CDs that you have? It's possible that they are update only CDs or not for your computer (e.g., software restore CDs for some other model). Try starting from the CD by pressing and holding the "C" key until the computer is obviously booting from the CD. If that works then try looking -> here . Otherwise, you may have to start with your former 9.0.x and update it to 9.1 -> <http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=75103>

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Re: Free versions of OS 9 to download?? [Re: ] #422766 04/06/09 03:52 PM
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Try what Scout said.

You're in a Catch 22, the reason you can't install OS 9 is because you have to have an OS 9 system installed to run the OS 9 installer. The only way to do it is to boot from the CD. When booted from the CD it will be running OS 9 so the installer can run.

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The hard drive also has to have certain OS9 drivers for it to install, which means an earlier version of OS X, like Panther maybe, reformatting, and selecting to install the OS 9 drivers.


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Re: Free versions of OS 9 to download?? [Re: SmilesLots] #422936 04/07/09 01:13 PM
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Good point, been so long I forgot about that.

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Originally Posted By: James C

I was just curious about OS 9 that's all. I've been exploring and studying Apple technology lately and just wanted see what OS 9 was like.


Instead of trying to get OS 9 to load onto a modern CPU you might find it easier to go to EBay or a swap shop or even your town dump pick over area and grab an elder Macintosh.

If you really want to see and feel the experience of OS 9 complete with Chooser a nice Mac SE20 is the perfect box. That little screen is necessary to see how much good stuff was crammed into that operating system.

Come to think of it OS 9 won't run on a Mac SE20. You have to go with OS 7.55. You're not missing much using that instead of OS 9.




Re: Free versions of OS 9 to download?? [Re: polymerase] #423063 04/08/09 12:36 AM
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Read through this page which discusses "Chubby Bunny" - a free opensource SheepShaver emulator that already has the Mac ROM installed. It's very easy to work with and has OS9 already installed. Double click the app and OS9 launches. Simple.


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Re: Free versions of OS 9 to download?? [Re: MacGizmo] #423066 04/08/09 01:13 AM
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From reading some of his other threads he has PPC machines I believe, not an Intel machine though.

Re: Free versions of OS 9 to download?? [Re: Reboot] #423793 04/12/09 12:55 AM
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I do miss the old Mac OSes. Not that I'd want to go back to using them on a daily basis at this point, but I wouldn't mind having a couple of machines around to run Photoshop 6.0 on OS 9.X. And FinderPop, who can forget FinderPop!

Ah... the old days.

Re: Free versions of OS 9 to download?? [Re: trey] #423800 04/12/09 02:36 AM
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What about "At Ease" and Conflict Catcher - LOL

My first PhotoShop was 3.5 , came with a great tutorial CD , well I bought a 3rd party book with the CD . Anyway that was the days


Re: Free versions of OS 9 to download?? [Re: trey] #424233 04/14/09 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted By: trey
And FinderPop, who can forget FinderPop!

Ah... the old days.
FinderPop is available for OSX.


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