problems insatlling OS 9.2.1 CD on Ibook 700

Tom Burke tom_burke at
Mon Aug 9 00:09:06 PDT 2004

I had a similar problem with my daughter's Pismo, which was running 
10.2.8 (Jaguar with all updates). This had originally been installed as 
a clean installation on a bare hard drive, ie not as an upgrade from th 
original OS. Furthermore it had been installed from a retail version of 
10.2, not the version that came with computers.

Our problem came when she tried to run SimCity 2000 from a download 
site - messages about Classic not being installed, etc.

In the end I copied the 'System Folder' folder (ie, the OS 9 folder) 
from my 12" PowerBook and this seems to have worked. I'm sure that when 
we installed Jaguar on the Lombard we chose to install the OS 9 
drivers, but it didn't actually install the system. I think this may be 
a difference between the retail and installed versions of OS X - the 
installed version (on new machines) includes Classic by default, as 
there won't be an old OS on the new machine; the retail versions of OS 
X assumes that the installation is going to be an upgrade so doesn't 
include MacOS 9.

Tom Burke

On 9 Aug 2004, at 08:00, iBook List wrote:

> Message-ID: <20040809014658.97697.qmail at>
> Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 18:46:58 -0700 (PDT)
> From: spw <stevepwats at>
> Subject: problems insatlling OS 9.2.1 CD on Ibook 700
> I have an Ibook 700 running Mac OS 10. 3 and want to run classic.
> I received the OS 9.2.1 CD from Apple but I'm having trouble 
> installing it.
> The CD:
> Mac OS 9
> version 9.2.1
> The Ibook will boot (start up) from the CD but it will not install:
> I get this message when I double click on the installer:
> "This program cannot run on your computer see the documentation for 
> more information".
> When I try to copy the system folder off the OS 9.2.1 CD I get this 
> message when trying to launch
> classic:
> "The system software on the startup disk only functions on the 
> original media, not if copied to
> another disk".
> Any help or advice to get classic running on this computer would be 
> greatly appreciated.
> Steve.

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