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Mac OS 9.2.2 Universal Install Image (for G3s & G4s, Our Most Popular)

Mac OS 9.2.2 Universal Install (Our Most Popular Download)
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This image utilizes the Apple ASR System and will boot your Mac (when finished) to the Official Last OS 9.2.2 File structure Released by Apple


Mac OS 9.2.2 Universal Installation, Bootable CD with Mac OS 9.2.2 Install

No Need to Install OS X !
No DMG or other image files Needed !
No Need for any Additional Updates or Patches !

Details: Full version of 9.2.2 Most Mac G3 and G4 Systems...

Contains: Mac OS ROM Version 10.2.1, Mac OS CPU Software 5.9 from 04.2003, Graphics Card Updates from 10.2002

Below you will find some general background info:

What versions of Mac OS can my mac run?

Mac OS Versions vs Release Dates:

Visual Timeline

Unfortunately, there has always been a heated debate on which Mac OS 9 version to install. In general, many users have favored the very last revision, Mac OS 9.2.2 as the most stable and preferred version. However, I can tell you from personal experience that it is best to do some research after you decide upon your favorite application(s). You can probably rule out V9.0, V9.02, V9.03, and V9.04 for stability issues and the lack of enhancements. So, you are half way there, with only V9.1, V9.2, V9.2.1, and V9.2.2 to consider.

If your Mac system restore leaves you in the V9.0 realm, it can be patched as follows:
MacOS 9.1 Update --> MacOS 9.2.1 Update --> MacOS 9.2.2 Update

If you intend to use PATA/IDE hard drives larger than 128GB under OS 9, then be aware that you will need the combination of a Mac with an IDE controller that is 48-bit LBA compliant and operating system version 9.2.2

What the hell is 48-bit LBA compliant, you ask?
Well, it is the ability of the Mac to see the total number of heads, cylinders, and sectors of large hard drives.
We have tested the following Macs and they can see hard drives of up to 500GB within Mac OS 9.2.2: QuickSilver 733, QuickSilver 800, QuickSilver DP 800, QuickSilver 867, QuickSilver 933, QuickSilver Dual 1 GHz with logic board 820-1342-B (QS logic board 820-1276-A will NOT work and peak out at 128 GB), All FW400 MDD models, Titanium PowerBook 800, Titanium PowerBook 867, Titanium PowerBook 1Ghz will work nicely.

With drives over 128GB, as far as the Mac OS revision, you will be stuck with Mac OS 9.2.2 only, as it contains Apple Drive Setup V2.1.
This version of this app is the first version to support larger drives and will be needed to format and partition drives greater than 128GB. We also recommend that you keep your partitions to sizes of 190GB or less.. exceeding this size has some ramifications .. (2 of them) .. 1st) OS 9 will not boot and 2nd) Norton Speed Disk V6.03 will not be able to defrag it.

To clarify, if you are putting a 500GB IDE drive into your Mac, simply break it into 3 partitions:

* 120GB (os volume)
* 190GB (data volume) --190gb being the highest size while maintaining compatibility with defrag
* 190GB (data volume) --190gb being the highest size while maintaining compatibility with defrag*format all volumes Mac OS Extended

There is a lot of confusion about Mac Os 9 versions. With the G4 MDD, the rumors about which is the last revision, makes the confusion even worst.
I think that very few have noticed the real importance of this work, so I should remark two important points:

1) There was joint effort (DieHard and Mactron) of putting the ASR (Apple Software Restore) into work to combine the latest versions/extensions
2) This is the only KNOWN source of Mac Os 9.2.2 with CPU version 5.9!

Moreover, even most of the Mac OS 9 advanced users will think that this versions is a Myth...but this is a new achievement of this Mac OS 9 Lives site!


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