Author Topic: OS9 on G4 A1010?  (Read 2232 times)

Offline coldtea

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OS9 on G4 A1010?
« on: September 28, 2017, 12:10:39 PM »
Hi, I wanted to install OS9 and it seems I've accidentally bought the wrong computer (A1010)... I just found this thread here about installing OS9 on the A1010:,2143.0.html

I tried doing it and got stuck. How exactly do I install it? I have OSX (10.4) installed on one partition and another one that should be ready to install OS9. If I try installing from the files via my OSX, OS9 begins installing but claims it can't close Finder and then stops installing. I'll keep browsing the forum for help in the meantime.
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Re: OS9 on G4 A1010?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2018, 11:45:08 PM »
by A1010 do u mean to say the PowerBook G4 from 2003/2004/2005?

the topic would be much more clear + get more hits if you would take the time to write things out explicitly

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Re: OS9 on G4 A1010?
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2018, 01:57:19 AM »
you can make a Powerbook Aluminium boot into OS9, but you loose almost every feature of the machine: the left side ports are all dead, as is the Airport. Firewire may or may not work at 400 speed, the right side USB port for obvious reason is restricted to USB-1.
Network looses auto-negotation (you have to set speed on your router, which seems 100/half duplex though System Info says 10/half duplex).
No energy related functions and screen dim available, graphic acceleration abstent, too.

The only advantage is that it remains silent and OS9 Audio software works.
In my case (Alu 1Ghz 15") it was the ROM file that prevented booting in the first place and then the Multi-Processing system extension, which gets easily overlooked inside it's folder.