AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X?

Posted by: JediJoker7169

AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X? - 10/08/05 06:35 PM

One of the things I'm unhappy with about my PB G4 12" is that it won't dual-boot OS 9 and X. Can you hack the firmware to allow it to? I know why Apple got rid of support, but I really wish they hadn't. And, thinking into the future, do you think they'll still have Classic support for the x86 version of Tiger? I would assume it will be gone in Leopard, but what about Tiger? It shouldn't be too much trouble, seeing as the Mactels will probably have a base level 2.66 or above processor.
Posted by: TCPMeta

Re:AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X? - 10/08/05 08:38 PM

Apple won't wase their time with porting OS 9 to a x86 CPU.
Posted by: JediJoker7169

Re:AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X? - 10/08/05 09:09 PM

That wasn't what I was suggesting... I was thinking that they might have an emulator built-in to the Rosetta system. Since Rosetta is supposedly "no lag," putting OS 9 on top of it shouldn't really be much of a problem. You are correct, though: a port would be pointless.
Posted by: maestro

Re:AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X? - 10/09/05 02:53 AM

Why in the world would you want to use OS9? No matter, you can use classic. I know its not the same. You could always sell you book and buy one that is dual boot.
-maestro
Posted by: mordaskyt

Re:AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X? - 10/09/05 03:37 AM

The last book to dual boot is the 1ghz titanium, I believe. A VERY nice book at that.
Posted by: shadowboxer47

Re:AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X? - 10/09/05 06:14 AM

Get an older machine wink

Post edited by: shadowboxer47, at: 2005/10/09 13:15
Posted by: JediJoker7169

Re:AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X? - 10/09/05 06:22 AM

I wouldn't give up this computer, and I have an old iMac that I suppose I could use, but I would need to put more RAM into it. I was just hoping there would be some way to do it on my primary machine, and I'm not giving up hope. I have a friend who just hacked his iBook G3 (solid white with opaque keyboard) to run while closed, so he could use an external screen effectively, so I think this could be done. It may be more work than it's worth, but oh well. As far as why, there are still apps that I use that haven't been ported to OS X, and running them in classic is, well, inefficient. And since the processor in this 'Book is only 1.33 GHz, I can't really keep it running in the background all the time, which would make it less inefficient, but still... OS 9 was a great OS, safer in many ways than OS X, and I really think Apple should keep that in mind.
Posted by: JediJoker7169

Re:AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X? - 10/09/05 06:23 AM

I wouldn't give up this computer, and I have an old iMac that I suppose I could use, but I would need to put more RAM into it. I was just hoping there would be some way to do it on my primary machine, and I'm not giving up hope. I have a friend who just hacked his iBook G3 (solid white with opaque keyboard) to run while closed, so he could use an external screen effectively, so I think this could be done. It may be more work than it's worth, but oh well. As far as why, there are still apps that I use that haven't been ported to OS X, and running them in classic is, well, inefficient. And since the processor in this 'Book is only 1.33 GHz, I can't really keep it running in the background all the time, which would make it less inefficient, but still... OS 9 was a great OS, safer in many ways than OS X, and I really think Apple should keep that in mind.
Posted by: shadowboxer47

Re:AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X? - 10/09/05 07:04 AM

I'm with you on that. I have many pro apps in classic that I use all the time. Since they do the job, I see no reason in spending $$$ on buying an OSX version.

There's always hope. If you get it to work, do a Mod Guide! laugh
Posted by: TCPMeta

Re:AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X? - 10/09/05 09:14 AM

I know with PCs you can use like Lilo and GRUB from Linux to boot multiple OSes with out Linux being on the system. Can't you do that with Yabboot?
Posted by: JediJoker7169

Re:AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X? - 10/09/05 04:20 PM

I found Yaboot, but the file I downloaded is in the fomat ".deb" ... What do I do with it? :S
Posted by: JediJoker7169

Re:AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X? - 10/14/05 07:06 PM

Is .deb a Debian file type? If so, I still don't know what to do with Yaboot. :S
Posted by: anil8tor

Re:AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X? - 10/15/05 12:14 AM

Apparently .deb files are compressed Debian files that can be converted to .tar or .gz with this pearl-script. What good this does us? I donít know. I think you need to find the file in a .pkg file instead... You might try this: http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2001/05/msg01020.html
Good Luck!
B)

Edit: Oh yeh, yaboot is a boot loader, its used to choose between several OS's on the same machine smile

Post edited by: anil8tor, at: 2005/10/15 07:17
Posted by: burtman

Re:AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X? - 10/15/05 05:42 AM

yaboot is a bootloader that is used at boot time to pick an operating system to load. Macs that can dual boot allow you to pick the OS to boot from a control pannel. Even if you did install it it's not going to help you boot OS 9, because your Mac is missing the Mac OS ROM chip that OS 9 looks for at boot (thats what apple removed when they dropped OS 9 Support). Unfourtunetly thier is not a lot you can do about that.
Posted by: JediJoker7169

Re:AlBook Hack To Dual-Boot OS 9/X? - 10/15/05 07:09 AM

Well crap... It was worth a try...