How do I install mac OS 9 on a pc

By vosemeke ·
I've got a mac OS 9 cd and i have no clue ho to install in on my pc. I want to take out xp from my pc and replace it with the mac OS 9. i have 2 computer both with xp on them one of them have a pentium processor and the other have an AMD processor...any advice on how to install this mac OS 9 on these pcs will be greatly appreciated

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Actually the Hackintosh route won't work with OS 9

by chris.leeworthy In reply to How do I install mac OS 9 ...

Eddie, I'm afraid "You can't" isn't a snide answer.

The problem is that OS 9 was actually written for PowerPC processors not Intel it just won't run natively or in virtual on PC's.

As Rodney pointed out the best you could do with OS 9 is run it in an emulator like sheepshaver or Basilisk though looking at those solutions they have some limitations too. Sheepshaver only appears to be available for Linux or BeOS (people still have that?). Basilisk probably won't do the job at all as it only seems to be compatible with MacOS up to version 8.1.

Later versions of Mac OS X are different as they have been written to work on intel computers and so the Hackintosh or virtualisation routes may work for them.

Finally I must be a bit stuffy and point out that running a mac operating system on anything other than a mac *is* prohibited in the Apple end user license agreement so if you choose to do so it's your own responsibility.

Hope this is a more helpful answer.

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How to

by Tea.Rollins In reply to How do I install mac OS 9 ...

start -> run -> cmd
type "format c:"
type "y"


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You probably need an emulator...

by kkramar17 In reply to How do I install mac OS 9 ...

OS 9 was written to execute on PowerPC processors. Even when OS X 10.2x thru 10.4x ran the "classic" environment (supporting PPC apps written for OS 8 & 9), it was essentially an emulation of the old Motorola hardware environment. Apple dropped "classic" support three OS versions ago.

Rosetta was a little different, in that it was a support library for PPC apps written for the newer OS X, translating the PPC calls to their Intel equivalents to work on Intel processors.

The primary difference between emulation and virtualization is that most virtual environments (Parallels, VMware, etc) are able to execute their instructions directly on the host processor, inside a sandboxed set of threads. BTW, Apple's BootCamp environment isn't virtualization: the Intel Macs can legitimately run Windows written for Intel processors as a primary OS.

If you can't run the instructions directly on the host processor, then you need to use an emulator which builds a software reconstruction of a processor and a motherboard. Emulation is calculation intensive and generally slower than virtualization, since each instruction has to be run through the emulated processor, which then has to be run through the rel) processor, and then back out the same way.

Drivers can be an issue for both virtual and emulated environments, so you have to see what does and doesn't work, and then more research.

You might want to check out the emulator zone, they have a couple of Mac OS PPC emulators there... PearPC (noted above), Mini vMac. They'll probably run slowly, though.

Good Luck!

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