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Mac OS 9.2.2 Universal

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MD5: 5ba031dfd678a74b9dee414af93ea514
For Mac OS 9
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emac-ati-drivers-img.sit (2.40 MB)
MD5: cccb88558aa54eaeaf62c0b79b4baa7f
For Mac OS 9
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USBSpprt_BeigeG3.sit (203.37 KB)
MD5: 9c57a11247becfaa2b7065037c5ded1e
For Mac OS 9
This app works with: QEMU

This is a Bootable, Universal Install CD-ROM of Mac OS 9.2.2, US English.

Suitable for G3 & G4 Macintosh models capable of booting from a Classic Mac OS via CD-ROM.

Mac OS CPU Software 4.9, includes the Mac OS ROM file v9.2.1

[Top DL]: The 9.2.2 universal OS installer CD's archive is a .zip compressed .iso image. It is OK to burn this back to CD using ImgBurn on Windows or Disk Utility on Mac OS X, or Toast on Mac OS 9/X. This archive has been tested as working, prior to uploading.

MD5 checksum & filename: 5ba031dfd678a74b9dee414af93ea514 *

[2nd DL]: These are the ATI drivers as shipped with the G4 eMac 1.0 GHz with 8x combo drive, from 2003, (M8950LL/A). This was perhaps the final production Macintosh able to boot native to a classic 9.x OS and its installed drivers were newer than whats on this universal install CD. If you install the Mac OS 9.2.2 that's here, onto this model eMac (possibly the eMac ATI 800MHz, also) then you should DL and use these drivers, too.
MD5 checksum & filename: cccb88558aa54eaeaf62c0b79b4baa7f *emac-ati-drivers-img.sit

Architecture: PPC

You can install Mac OS 9.2.2 from this CD onto any of the following computers: Power Mac G4, Power Macintosh G3, iMac G3, iBook G3, PowerBook G4, and PowerBook G3 (except the original PowerBook G3).

I have used this to boot up and install to a beige G3 and an eMac G4 OK. This will install onto most early to late model G3 & G4 Macs.

However if the Mac cannot boot into OS 9, e.g: Macs with USB 2.0, then this CD will not be of use (as a bootable System Install CD). Check for specs if you are unsure if your Mac is capable of booting to Mac OS 9.2.2 or earlier.

If anybody DL's this and successfully installs it to a PPC Mac, or clone, please post which model Macintosh, so it can be added to the list of Macs above that this CD is confirmed to install to.

Quick installation guide on modern Mac OS X systems (Catalina etc)

Using QEMU, Homebrew and this image, it's fairly straightforward to create a fresh OS9 installation. The steps are listed below in a single script. A few manual steps are required, as there is no automated disk formatting and double clicking the installation button. (Perhaps we should upload a complete QEMU disk somewhere).

Note: sound is not available under qemu.

Using the, with a few gigabytes of free disk space, enter the following instructions, or run this as a script:


echo "Installing homebrew"
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

echo "Installing qemu"
brew install qemu

echo "Getting macos9 installation image"
# The first download source simply gets stuck somewhere. Use the other one:
# Gets stuck: wget


echo "Creating macintosh disk"
qemu-img create -f qcow2 disk.qcow2 2G

echo "Starting installation, manual actions required:"
echo "You now have to manually tell Utilities/Drive Setup to initialize the disk and then run the installer."
echo "After installing and shutting down the system will boot as normal."
qemu-system-ppc -M mac99 -m 1G -hda disk.qcow2 -cdrom macos-922-uni/macos-922-uni.iso -boot d

echo "Installation complete (probably), booting normally using 'qemu-system-ppc -M mac99 -m 1G -hda disk.qcow2'."
qemu-system-ppc -M mac99 -m 1G -hda disk.qcow2


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by cjsebes - 2017, November 7 - 7:37pm

I successfully installed this on a 366Mhz iBook Clamshell SE (non Firewire).

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by Kasm279 - 2016, March 15 - 4:08am

I know this is a VERY old reply, but you can boot a slot loading iMac with a USB CDROM drive. I believe this should work on any Mac capable of showing a boot menu when option is held. (Slot loading iMac G3 and up, all iBooks, PowerBook Pismo/FireWire and up, PowerMac G4 (AGP Graphics/Sawtooth) and up. It's possible to boot OS X from a flash drive, but it involves poking around in OpenFirmware; I could never make it work.

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, November 14 - 9:00pm

@scott Praed: Thanks, that's awesome. I've added it to the confirmed working list, above.

@that-ben: Slot loading G3 iMac's Tired They're great if the slot-loader works and a PITA when broken. Don't know about the USB bit with these, can only guess that it would be slow at 1.1 speeds if it did work.

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by that-ben - 2015, November 14 - 5:31pm

Hi, I'm planning on trying this on an old iMac DV 400mhz with the slot loading CD-ROM oh wait, it's broken *SIGH* Tongue Do you guys think I could put it on a USB stick and simply copy all the files over the hard drive? Or even better: BOOT IT with the USB stick and install like a boss? Laughing out loud

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by scott Praed - 2015, November 14 - 5:24pm

MikeTomTom Mac os 9.2.2 universal did boot the power mac G4 1.25 GZ mirror door 2003 with firewire 400.

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, November 13 - 10:22pm

@scott Praed: Is the 9.2.2 Universal CD on this page able to boot up your G4 1.25 GHz mirror door 2003 With FW 400? If so, I'll be able to add it to the list of Macs this CD is known to boot.

Thank you for your post.

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by scott Praed - 2015, November 13 - 6:01pm

MikeTomTom I have power mac G4 1.25 Gz mirror door 2003 With Firewire 400. It dural Boot mac. It boots in mac os 9.2.2 when I press the option key. This Power mac G4 1.25 Gz mirror door 2003 is last mac to boot in os 9. This mac boots in directly in mac os 9.2.2 and classic environment of mac os x. This mac is full classic. This means It boots in mac os 9.2.2 and classic.

The power mac G4 1.4.2 Gz mirror door with firewire 800 do not boot in mac os 9.2.2 but it only boots in classic only. This mac is partial. This means this mac only boots in classic environment.

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by supernova777 - 2015, November 13 - 9:40am

sorry i didnt read your entire comment... but are u looking for the restore cd for the 1ghz titanium powerbook g4?

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by OS923 - 2015, October 2 - 2:41pm

I tried this on a beige Server G3/300 with the last ROM, 768 MB memory, 120 GB ATA-7 harddisk, the first Radeon and Keyspan USB card.
I installed it without QuickTime.
The installer wrote a driver to the harddisk that is too new.
It couldn't boot.
It also enabled the hardware lock on the second partition.
Then I booted from an OS 8.1 CD and used its Drive Setup to write the old driver to the harddisk.
Then I unlocked the partition using Drive Setup.
Then it could boot OS 9.
It doesn't have a "USB Support" extension, needed for USB card support.
What I needed was USB Support 1.5.5 and USB Device Extension 1.5.6.
(Adding USB Support alone caused a crash.)
See USBSupportBeigeG3.sitx.
Then I removed the ATI drivers.
Then I installed the Radeon drivers.
Then I installed QuickTime 6.0.3.

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by paul treseler - 2015, August 9 - 1:37am

Third time trying to post.
I have a PPC Power Macintosh G4 733 Digital Audio - M7681LL/A*
M5183 - 1862


I just burned this in .iso.
I am going to try and install now.
I have tried i386DVD, i386CD, PPCi386CS, and USBi386 ALL of Xubuntu, to no avail.

Is this what I am supposed to install to the specs above? Because I want to update the Firmware and have read all over the place that 9.2.2 is the only way to update the BIOS (Firmware).

I wanted to update Firm and then kill the Mac 9.X to run Xubuntu as mentioned. Now that I found you guys I realise maybe I should just run the machine the way it was designed AND enjoy all the old games. Test silly configs and help the other balding geeks like myself.


And I insert at the linux or cd prompt and black screen, Superdrive spinning, nothing.
So now I will boot into Firm and try and force the issue.

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, July 25 - 10:10pm

Thanks tmm. I've reverted the list in the page back to its previous content. I'm really after actual data of usage. It looks like it installs OK for most stock G3, G4 models tho'.

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by themacmeister - 2015, July 25 - 6:51am

I used the retail disc for these I fear, but your Universal disc sounds like it is nearly identical.

My OS9 9.2.1 installer had an option "Install for any Mac" or something similar. You were left with InfraRed/Laptop control panels etc., but it always worked Smile

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, July 24 - 9:03pm

@tmm: That's awesome! Thanks for those. Added them to the list.

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by themacmeister - 2015, July 24 - 7:55am

700 MHz G4 iMac (original sunflower model)
600 MHz G3 12.1" white composite iBook.
800 MHz G4 eMac (ATI)

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by JHTMAC - 2015, May 26 - 6:54am

Hi I'm JT.Just read your message about the Ti book.I have had trouble with system sleep with any one here?

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by sfp1954 - 2014, November 3 - 8:30pm

Have you tried either the eMac (2 versions) or iMac 9.2.2 disks?

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by Doodle D Day - 2014, November 3 - 3:02pm

I just bought a TiBook 1.0ghz too and am having the same problems: it's mainly the peripherals that don't work, particularly AV (Monitors and Sound), but also DVD drive, and putting the computer to sleep. I have found that all 9.2.2 disks will install on any Mac if you can fool the installer, by way of Open Firmware and the BootX file (like XPostFacto does) or modifying the IncompatHW file in the Upgrader Files folder on the Install DVD.

The key to getting OS 9 running properly on any particular Mac model, however, is the versions of the System Folder files you have installed, mostly Extensions, but a few Control Panels, and ESPECIALLY the Mac OS ROM file. The way Apple has modified the various versions of the OS for particular models started with those old System Enablers, but continued with a package called Mac OS CPU Software. Each install disk (or restore disk) that came with each new Mac model had a newer version of the Mac OS CPU Software package. The latest I've heard of (probably the last) was version 5.9. If we could find a complete set of the files in that package for version 5.9 (or even whatever earlier version came on the original 9.2.2 Install disk with the Titanium PowerBook G4 1.0ghz A1025), all that would be needed is to copy just those files over into their proper places in the System Folder.

From what I understand, the Universal 9.2.2 Install CD here has Mac OS CPU Software 4.9 (which includes the Mac OS ROM file v9.2.1), which is too old for a TiBook. I am currently attempting to find various later versions of the CPU Software and try them out on my TiBook. So far I have even found a Mac OS ROM file version 10.2.1 which was part of CPU Software 5.8 (I believe there is even a later ROM file in 5.9). I note that the Mac OS ROM file which came with the 9.2.1 and 9.2.2 upgrader installers from Apple was v.8.7, so that's one reason why my TiBook isn't functioning properly.

All the files we're looking for in the Mac OS CPU Software package are simply later versions (and a few new files) of the ones in the standard OS 9.2.2 Install: Extensions and suchlike for monitors, video, sound, DVD, keyboard, and a few other things, and the Mac OS ROM file of course. If you find any later versions, copy them into your System Folder and see if that solves any problems.

The hardest part is that the images or stuffed files on The Garden are so large to download, when all we need are a few files from the right CPU Software package. I don't have the bandwidth to d/l even a 400meg image, let alone several just to see what version files or package is on it.

But it may be worth it, considering I only paid $65 for my TiBook and I'm just thrilled about my upgrade from the PB G3 Lombard I've had for 8 years. Smile Finally a new toy! Wanna watch DVDs but something is missing...

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by Gary - 2014, September 5 - 4:57pm

Your screen shot matches what I see when I boot the CD Image shown above.


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by MikeTomTom - 2014, September 5 - 7:41am

"I didn't keep track of which one was which very carefully."

I would appreciate then if you could double-check. The mounted universal 9.2.2 install CD has the same folder name as the 1st pic shown at the top of this page, "Mac OS 9.2.2".

You could even go through the install process to see if that same error occurs, opting out of installing at the final moment (unless you want to do a full working install, that is).

I would rather be certain that this CD doesn't work for the Ti, than as an assumption.

If you can check this for me, that would be great.

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by Gary - 2014, September 5 - 12:50am

>Is it the "Before You Install" SimpleText doc?

Yes that is the file. If you don't get the same implication as I did it may be due to my mixing up the 3 ISO images I downloaded and burned. I didn't keep track of which one was which very carefully.


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by MikeTomTom - 2014, September 5 - 12:29am

"I tried this image on a Powerbook G4 model A1025 (1 GHZ). The machine booted from the burned CD and the Installer started. But very quickly I got a message stating "This Installer won't work on your machine" (paraphrased).

The included Readme file implied that Mac OS 9.2.1 must be in place before the Installer would work."

That is odd, Gary, as I've installed this OK onto a 1GHz eMac from 2003 OK, the only upset I got was some easily fixed video drivers.

Whats the name of the included "Readme file"? Is it the "Before You Install" SimpleText doc? There is no mention of 9.2.1 or even 9.2.2 in there that I can see. It only mentions 9.2 and 9.1.

The CD is a full 9.2.2 universal installer CD not an updater (tho' it can update over pre-installed systems) but if its not suited for the Ti, then that's a real pity.

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by Gary - 2014, September 4 - 11:31pm

Thanks for the suggestion. But I've just spent the better part of today going through the most convoluted install I've ever done on a Mac. SHEESH!

It involved a Powerbook Tiger disk set; a universal Leopard disk; a Powermac G4 already running 9.2.2 and a LOT of patience.

The Powerbook is running almost the way I want. The only thing I haven't gotten working is the Apple DVD Player. There is an extension (or SOMETHING) still missing that causes DVD Player to tell me "Something is missing. Re-Install DVD Player". Which I can't because the Installer that contains it says it won't run on my machine. And the piece of Tiger that has bootable Classic doesn't contain DVD Player at all.

What a mess. The one NICE thing in all of this was the cost. The Powerbook was $60 and I've spent a total of $9 on purchased OS software.


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by sfp1954 - 2014, September 4 - 9:12pm

The original eMac 9.2.2 installer is here if you wish to try it.
I have found that it works on everything that can boot 9.2 except for possibly the MDD.
I believe it was the last 9.2.2 CD to be released as the eMacs were the last machines to run Classic and were sold only to the educational market.

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by Gary - 2014, September 4 - 6:57pm

I tried this image on a Powerbook G4 model A1025 (1 GHZ). The machine booted from the burned CD and the Installer started. But very quickly I got a message stating "This Installer won't work on your machine" (paraphrased).

The included Readme file implied that Mac OS 9.2.1 must be in place before the Installer would work.


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by MikeTomTom - 2014, August 24 - 3:18am

If anybody DL's this and successfully installs it to a PPC Mac, or clone, please post which model Macintosh, so it can be added to the list of Macs above that this CD can install to. I'd also like to hear from any G4 MDD (FW400) owners if this has been successful (or otherwise) on those Mac models, too.

So far it looks like any model range, from a beige G3 to an eMac G4 is a probability.