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Joined: 2011 Aug 17
Can't run OS 9.2 on iMac G3 Summer 2001

Hi guys,

Today I wiped the HDD of my Summer 2011 iMac, and foolishly forgot to backup my OS 9 partition. I don't have the original disks, but I found a 9.2 install cd here:

Anyway, after I install it, and restart, I get the flashing folder with question mark. According to Apple Support, I've got the right ROM version for my iMac, so I'm not quite sure why it's not working.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you!


Joined: 2009 Apr 18

Did you tick for 'Bootable in Classic' when you formatted/wiped the disk?

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Joined: 2010 Nov 19

Are you absolutely sure you burned the image to disk, instead of COPYING it to disk?
I am wasting CDR's once in a while, when I'm distracted...

Joined: 2011 Aug 17

SwedeBear: Yes, OS 9 drivers are installed.
24bit: Yes, I'm definitely burning to disk since I'm using dd.

Joined: 2011 Aug 17

Never mind guys, I got it working. I used Classic to run the installer and install to a FireWire disk, which I then booted off. I tried copying the System Folder to the internal HDD but that still didn't work, so I booted off the FW HDD again and used Drive Setup to repair the drivers on the internal HDD and that fixed it. Thanks for the help!