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Installing Mac OS 9 on Macs from the last few years it was supported can be annoying.

Mac OS 9.2.x will run on G3 or G4 Macs that. Pre-G3 Macs can use the retail 9.1 CD.

In a modern context, if your machine is stable with an earlier version of 9.x, there's not an awful lot of operational reason to upgrade it to 9.2.2. The main benefits of 9.2.2 were to stability for the newest Macs, and for some late-era software, which you can also run with significant stability and performance benefits on Mac OS X.

Mac OS 9 Helper can assist installing 9.2.1 and 9.2.2 on pre-G3 Macs, but there's little daily operational reason to do so.

General Advice

For machines from before 9.2.2 was released, you can use a 9.2.1 CD and a 9.2.2 updater to get the most up-to-date possible setup.

For machines after late 2001, you should use the machine's original install discs. In some cases, this may mean installing Mac OS X, then installing 9 via the included OS 9 installer package.

  • Power Macintosh G4 QuickSilver “2002” - Use the original 9.2.2 CDs, specifically for the 2002 version.
  • PowerBook G4 Titanium 867/1000 - Use the 9.2.2 installation provided as part of the machine's original OS X 10.2.x install package. You can install 10.3 or 10.4 first, if you prefer.
    • There is a dedicated AppleShare IP 6.3.3 + Mac OS 9.2.2 ASR restore CD that shipped with the QS'02 Edu Server1), this disc works fine on this model, if you need an AppleShare server.
  • Power Macintosh G4 MDD '02 -
  • Power Macintosh G4 MDD '03 (“XPress Edition”) -

The eMac '03 CD

Anecdotally, the 2003 eMac CD does work to install 9.2.2 onto other machines. However, it's possible to run into trouble.

Machine-specific pressed discs can have unexpected results, because Apple probably did not test them in any configuration except for the machines with which they shipped.

Known trouble points:

  • USB cards installed into Power Macintosh G3 “Beige” systems

Known success points:

  • TiBook/1000 (coryw)
  • Beige G3/300 + Wings & /266 + Whisper (coryw)
  • iMac G3/400 (coryw)
  • iBook G3/366 DV (coryw)
  • QEMU-PPC (coryw)
  • QS'02 boot CD & utilities, incl. networking (coryw) (did not install the OS when I tested it, only used it for migrating data)

Custom "Universal" CDs

These CDs are not recommended. Avoid wherever you can.

CD Inventory

Coming eventually: a list of machines and their CD part numbers.

Computer Language/Locality Printed Part Number Get-Info Part Number
eMac G4 (2002) 691-3739
eMac G4 (2003) 691-4323
Power Macintosh G4 Server (QuickSilver 2002/Education) ASR Restore
PowerBook G4 867 & 1000MHz
at least, it's not 100% clear if you could buy the QS'02 Server at retail with ASIP.
macdex/os9-cds.txt · Last modified: 2022/05/08 09:31 by coryw