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Questions tagged [classic-mac-os]

Versions of Mac OS prior to Mac OS X 10.0 are regarded as ‘classic’.

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Classic Login to new headless Mac with Apple Remote Desktop?

I vaguely remember a trick from years ago that I'd find useful now. I'm wondering if anyone remembers the details. (I'm assuming this is no longer possible so no longer a "can this be done now" ...
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Ways To Test iMac G3 Before Buying

I am going to buy an old iMac G3 Over the next couple of days/weeks, and I want to make sure that I am buying a system with no problems. I usually ask for the serial number and good pictures before ...
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Is it possible to upgrade original iMac (1998) memory (RAM) to above 256 MB?

I am looking into buying myself an original iMac, and I want to mess with the older system a little bit. Also, is it even remotely possible to change the RAM in the system to being over 256 MB. I am ...
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File sharing from OSX 10.6.8 to OS 9.2.2

For several years I have updated my server on OS 9.2.2 using file sharing from OSX 10.5.8. Today I tried to update a file from another Mac with OSX 10.6.8. It mounts the OS 9 volume as usual and I can ...
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How can I reinstall Mac OS 9 on a G3 PowerBook's original hard drive?

I have a PowerBook G3 from 2000 or so and would like to put Mac OS 9 on it for nostalgia reasons. There are games that simply don't perform well with SheepShaver, plus networking with SheepShaver isn'...
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What was the maximum screen resolution in Macs based on 68K CPU's?

What was the maximum screen resolution and refresh rate that a 68K-based Macintosh could display? There are reports of Mac OS 9 going up to 1920 x 1200, but that is, of course, running on a PowerPC ...
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Help identifying music format used in classic Mac OS games

Until QuickTime Musical Instruments came along, classic Mac OS didn't have much support for MIDI. So many games would pack the MIDI data and samples into resources in the resource fork of the ...
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Lossless CD ripping for Mac OS 9

I've recently revived an original clamshell iBook which has something my modern MacbookPro lacks: a CD drive. This has given me an idea: ripping CD's with my iBook and bringing them over to my newer ...
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Macintosh Color Classic won't turn on and has weird boot chimes

I recently got my hands on a Macintosh Color Classic that is known to not work in the hope of fixing it. I have the power plugged in, keyboard, and mouse. When I flip the switch on the back, I hear ...
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Getting files off old Mac clone without keyboard, mouse, or monitor

I assume this is impossible, but I thought I'd ask: I have an PowerComputing PowerCenter 150, running some version of Mac OS 8. I don't have a mouse, keyboard, or monitor for the computer. I do have ...
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VNC Server for Mac OS?

I'm looking to run a VNC server on some of my Macs running Mac OS so that I can access them from other machines. Google searching for generic terms was useless, for example "VNC Server Mac OS" only ...
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What deficiencies in Classic Mac OS led Apple to replace it? [closed]

In the movie "Steve Jobs" with Michael Fassbender, it is implied that Jobs started NeXT, not to sell hardware, but to develop a new OS and have Apple buy the company, only for the OS. We all know the ...
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Using older operating systems [closed]

I am wondering, other than personal preference which is obviously subjective, what utility does one derive from running outdated operating systems? I notice a lot of folks posting here with questions ...
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Identifying what PowerMac I have

I'm having issues identifying what type of PowerMac G4 Quicksilver I have. Looking at the stickers on the machine, I initially come to the conclusion that the machine is a Power Macintosh G4 800 DP (...
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What was the name of the typeface used on the Mac OS 9/OS X Cheeta/Jaguar packaging?

I am curious as to what typeface was used on the Mac OS 9 & early Mac OS X boxes. Where it reads "Installing Mac OS 9". The slopes of the letters are slightly different than any font that comes ...
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Mac OS: 7.5.3 Command-Turn On

I'm not a mac user anymore. But I used to be one when I was a kid. My father had a Macintosh Performa 6200 running MacOS 7.5.3. On said MacOS you could press command + the turn on key on the keyboard,...
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Is there a Mac equivalent of DOSBox?

I was trying to run some old software on my Air today and I got these messages: You can't open the application because the classic environment is no longer supported. You can't open the ...
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What Software was Bundled with My Old Mac?

In the beginning of 1995, we bought a Macintosh Performa 5200. I remember that after registering the machine, we got a box with some bonus software on CDs. I certainly know that The Daedalus Encounter ...
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(SheepSaver error) Sorry, the desktop folder on the startup disk could not be created. Try unlocking the disk

I've been having problems with a SheepSaver installation (see my other question Unusual problem with Swoop on Mac OS 9.0.4 under SheepSaver) so decided to start from scratch and create a second ...
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Unusual problem with Swoop on Mac OS 9.0.4 under SheepSaver

I have setup SheepSaver with Mac OS 9.0.4 and it boots okay. I've installed software and games. One of those games is Swoop http://www.ambrosiasw.com/games/swoop/ I can launch Swoop and play the game ...
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Identifying conflicting extensions in classic Mac OS

I am experimenting with Sheepsaver and am having some problems. I've got it booting okay into Mac OS and have installed some games and other software. But I think I was a little too eager and ...
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What is the easiest way to run SW that requires Classis Mac OS 9?

I see a few games that only run on Mac OS 9 and I'd like to try them. However, I run macOS 10.12.2. What could be the easiest way to do it? Specifically, I'd like to play Bonkheads ;-) I have my ...
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Can't launch Mac OS 9

Need to launch Mac OS 9 but it says it is no longer supported, is there a way around that? I am trying to put it and an old version of QuarkXpress on an old 40 GB external hard drive. I need access ...
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Does anybody know of a repository or resource that has all of the correct filenames for Tetris on PowerPC for macintosh System 7?

Someone at my school brought in a functioning Macintosh Classic running System 7 today that he bought off of Ebay. We were looking around on the applications that were already loaded on it and didn't ...
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PPC emulator to run Tiger

This might seem like an odd request: There are some classic and early OSX apps which I really enjoyed using and I would like to revive. Is there an emulator which can run the versions of MacOSX Tiger ...
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How to make OS X save password in the default keychain?

I have been using the Mac OS keychain since it was created with Mac OS 8.6 and I collected almost 4000 items. My default keychain has a different name than "login" and than my user name, and I moved ...
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What is the “128 font limit” in classic Mac OS?

I was reading about Bill Gates' famous "640KB" quote, when I came upon http://www.faktoider.nu/640kb_eng.html, a nice article about the quote and its historical context. However, the article also ...
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How to emulate Mac OS 8 (in a way that supports CD-ROMs)

I am trying to install old software on my either one of my Macs (Powerbook G4 and iMac 21.5 from 2011). This software contains old fonts in a very rare format, which I would like to be able to watch /...
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On OS 9.2.1, how can you access shared files from windows computers?

I'm a total newbie Mac user. I got a Powerbook 3 Pismo off of ebay, got OS 9.2.1 installed, and enabled file sharing. Web browsing is working and I have an IP address. How do I access the shared ...
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Selecting which application opens a file with given creator/type codes (System 7)

In System 7, when the user tries to open a document of a type which multiple installed applications can open*, it pops up a dialog asking which one to use. After one is chosen, that application seems ...
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Can someone point me to resources to reverse engineer ancient Mac software?

I have an ancient program called "Digital Radar" (surveillance software) by Connectix. Connectix developed the original little ball webcam, and was later bought by Logitech. I've tried all of their ...
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Is Macintosh System Software 1.0 (Classic MacOS) Free?

Since Macintosh System Softwsre 1.0 is extremely old, has Apple made it free to download? If so, is there a link to download it from? I am just curious to try and run it in an hardware emulator and ...
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Git vs rsync when resource fork must be preserved

I have some ancient files that I need to share between Macs. There are over 100,000 of them. I need to keep the directory containing these files in sync. I thought Git would be a good solution, and it ...
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Looking for old C compiler

Back in 1987 or 1988 we had a Mac network at college, these would have been either Mac Classic or Mac Plus machines. We used a C compiler on them - what C compilers were around at the time?
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System 7: How to unlock screensaver?

I own a vintage "LC II" (a.k.a. "Macintosh Performa 400") with System 7.x installed years ago. Unfortunately I'm not able to log in anymore, because after the initial boot the screensaver fires up and ...
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Is it possible to install Mac OS 9 on a VM?

Recently I got hold of a Mac OS 9.2.1 retail CD and would like to test drive it in a VM. Is that possible?
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Writing code on System 6?

I have a Macintosh SE FD HD running Apple System 6. Is there a Terminal application? What programming language(s) can I run on System 6?
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Does the Macintosh classic have the signatures of the original Mac team?

I am huge fan of Apple, and I just bid on one a 1990-era Macintosh Classic. The bid is going higher, but I only want it if the computer has the signatures of the original Mac team. It's before I was ...
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Control System 4 with just a keyboard?

Is there a reference of keyboard shortcuts for System 4, so I can use a Macintosh SE with a keyboard and no mouse? I found a Macintosh SE and a keyboard on the street several years ago. It didn't ...
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Running old games without CD

I want to run Diablo (Windows/Mac game) on OS 9 but without using the CD. After installation, the user is required to insert the disc for the game to start. Making a .dmg image didn't work (as ...
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How to un-hide a file that has been hidden on Mac OS 8?

I have a copy of an old folder holding a file that has been hidden on Mac OS 8 or 9 (using resedit, if my memory isn't failing). Is there an easy way to un-hide it in OS X?
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Where can I find software for the Mac Classic?

I just found a really great application: Mini vMac, a Mac Classic emulator (simple and one that actually works). Is there a place where I can find some actual software that was meant for the original ...
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What's the most recent version of OS X I can run on a 1999 iBook and where can I buy it?

I've got a 1999 Blueberry clamshell iBook an I want to get it up and running agin. I'm wondering if I can get Mac OS 9 or OS X on it and more importantly where I could buy the software.
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How do I burn a bootable CD from a .toast file?

I bought a used G3 couple of days ago and I want to reinstall Mac OS 9. I got the OS in .toast format. Any knows how I make that into bootable CD? Just burning with Disk Utility didn't work, although ...
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Is it possible to virtualize PowerPC… FOR a PowerPC? (absolutely not Intel-related)

As my question states, Is it possible to virtualize PowerPC... FOR a PowerPC? Consider that you're using Linux for PPC. You want to run apps written specifically for Mac OS 7.x through 9.2.2, all ...
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How can I install Debian on a PowerBook G3 with Mac OS 9.2?

Today I started installing Debian Linux on an old Macintosh PowerBook G3 with Mac OS 9.2. After a long time of backing up old documents I erased the whole disk. At the end I just want Debian installed,...
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What is the most powerful Mac capable of running Mac OS 9?

I know that there was a period of time after Mac OS X came out that new Macs still shipped with Mac OS 9 for a number of reasons (OS X was buggy, better compatibility with Classic apps, etc). This is ...
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Writing MacPaint files?

What current Mac utility or paint program (something that will run directly on Snow Leopard or Lion, not requiring an emulator), if any, can write valid MacPaint files (readable by MacPaint 1.x on a ...
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What was Mac OS 9 built on? [closed]

I am interested in old school technology. The Mac OS X is based on UNIX. I am interested in the old school OS, Mac OS 9, what is this based on? Can it run the UNIX application? What is the file system ...
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Can I safely delete the Classic System folder when running Lion?

I still have a folder called "System Folder" that belongs to the Classic environment. It takes up almost 400MB on my disk. Since I'm running Lion, can I safely delete the entire folder?