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Offline Doggoli

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OS 9 On Late 2004 iBook G4?
« on: October 07, 2017, 06:49:57 AM »
I wanna get os 9 working on my iBook G4 (Late 2004) but i have hit a roadblock

I downloaded the ISO file from here: http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php/topic,2143.0.html
I burnt the disc at 8x speed and put it in my laptop, but when i tried to boot from it all i got was a gray screen.

After googling for a bit i found a script that modifies the nvram to work but that didnt help...Do any of you have some ideas?

Here is the script i tried:

#!/bin/sh
echo Enabling OS 9 booting...
echo "You may have to enter your password"
# Use nvram command to setup nvramrc with script to make open firmware changes
sudo nvram nvramrc='" /" select-dev
" PowerBook4,3" encode-string " model" property
" PowerBook4,3" encode-string " MacRISC" encode-string encode+ " MacRISC2" encode-string encode+ " MacRISC3" encode-string encode+ " Power Macintosh" encode-string encode+ " compatible" property
00000000 " graphic-options" get-my-property 2drop !
unselect

" /cpus/PowerPC,G4@0" find-package if drop " /cpus/PowerPC,G4@0" find-device 80010201 encode-int " cpu-version" property then

device-end \ PLX-OS9-PATCH
'
# Enable use of nvramrc on boot. Change to "false" if you want to disable again. Or just clear/reset nvram.
sudo nvram "use-nvramrc?"=true
echo done.
                                   

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Re: OS 9 On Late 2004 iBook G4?
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2017, 03:56:41 PM »
As far as I know, nobody has been able to successfully run OS9 on the iBook.

That said, I'm thinking that you should at least get an error message or something when you attempt to boot.
What did you create the CD on? If it was a Windoze PC there may be an issue.
Go back to and re-read line one.

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Re: OS 9 On Late 2004 iBook G4?
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2017, 05:07:03 AM »
Sorry for the late reply, different timezones.

I burnt the OS 9 image on my Hackintosh running OS X 10.10
What do you mean by: Go back to and re-read line one.


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Re: OS 9 On Late 2004 iBook G4?
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2017, 02:48:59 PM »
What do you mean by: Go back to and re-read line one.
Really? Maybe a larger fontů

As far as I know, nobody has been able to successfully run OS9 on the iBook

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Re: OS 9 On Late 2004 iBook G4?
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2017, 01:28:08 AM »
Damn i am stupid, sorry about that...

Anything i could do about the CD tho ?

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Re: OS 9 On Late 2004 iBook G4?
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2017, 10:30:37 AM »
What do you mean by: Go back to and re-read line one.
Really? Maybe a larger fontů

As far as I know, nobody has been able to successfully run OS9 on the iBook

Not true. Well depends on your definition of boot.
I had used the ROM I made that disabled the machine type check and modified the CPU Version during boot.
It boots just fine.  There is one problem. The track pad is so slow that it is not usable. A usb mouse works and everything (except airport) works as well. 
Setting it up required target disk mode. Run the installer from another machine and then manually switching the ROM out. 
If it ain't broke, don't fix it, or break it so you can fix it!

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Re: OS 9 On Late 2004 iBook G4?
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2017, 02:25:57 PM »
Don't have another machine...I guess i am outta luck, thanks for help though!

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Re: OS 9 On Late 2004 iBook G4?
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2017, 06:29:26 AM »
It is possible without another mac, that was just the process I used.
I can't remember if that was the machine I had to disable the audio on to get a full boot.
I have OS X on it right now, but I don't use it.  I can walk through getting it booting without help of another mac and post here the steps required.
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Re: OS 9 On Late 2004 iBook G4?
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2017, 09:49:07 AM »
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I can walk through getting it booting without help of another mac and post here the steps required.

If its no problem that would be great!

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Re: OS 9 On Late 2004 iBook G4?
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2017, 10:25:20 AM »
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I can walk through getting it booting without help of another mac and post here the steps required.

If its no problem that would be great!

Certainly will do. Might take a couple days when I get a few moments.
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Re: OS 9 On Late 2004 iBook G4?
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2017, 08:37:31 PM »
There you go. If Nanopico says it can be done then I believe it.
He's one of those guys that just does shit that nobody else even thinks of.

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Re: OS 9 On Late 2004 iBook G4?
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2017, 08:49:42 AM »
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There you go. If Nanopico says it can be done then I believe it.

Glad to know that! i'm new to this community and so far everything has been really cool..I just hope i can get OS 9 running, also , could i dual boot with leopard?

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Re: OS 9 On Late 2004 iBook G4?
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2017, 07:46:56 PM »
Sure you can. You should read this: http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php/topic,2671.msg24015.html#msg24015

It pertains to another machine and install, but just note the parts pertaining to having to two dual-booting.