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This is a main page for Mac OS 9.x links, as this page is one of the "Popular content" in this site. Some links below are from the Integrated Download Page.

Mac OS 9.0

Retail Mac OS 9.0 CD image, works for any PowerPC Macintosh computers before 2000.

Mac OS 9.0.4

Retail Mac OS 9.0.4 CD image, works for any PowerPC Macintosh computers before 2000. It installs Mac OS 9.0 followed by the 9.0.4 Update

Mac OS 9.1

Retail Mac OS 9.1 CD image, works for any PowerPC Macintosh computers before 2001. Does not work on the SheepShaver emulator due to lack of MMU implementation.

Mac OS 9.2

This version only available to model-specific installers. Officially, all pre-G3 Macintosh computers are unsupported here but can be made to run 9.2.x using OS9 Helper.

Mac OS 9.2.1

Mac OS 9.2.1 is the update for Mac OS 9.1 or 9.2 users. It updates the Classic Environment in Mac OS X and updates most enhancements.

Mac OS 9.2.2

Mac OS 9.2.2 is the update for Mac OS 9.2.1 users. It updates the Classic Environment application compatibility in Mac OS X and updates most enhancements.

Custom Variants of Mac OS 9.2.2

Bootable Image for PowerMac MDD

This is a copy of Mac OS 9.2.2 for the PowerMac G4 MDD, by oakbog. It will only boot for PowerMac G4 MDD (FireWire 400 models only); should also work for other Mac OS 9 compatible G3 or G4 Mac models. Usable as Classic Mode for all PowerPC Macs running Mac OS X. The linked file is an OS X disk image named "OS9General.dmg", which was contained on the Software Restore CDs bundled with these systems. It includes "Applications (Mac OS 9)" and "System Folder". Unlike retail Mac OS 9 installers, this software is able to boot the PowerMac G4 MDD (FireWire 400 models) into OS 9 or can be used as Classic Mode on any PowerMac running Mac OS X v10.1-10.4. This System includes the "Mac OS ROM" file v9.6.1. Download via Macintosh Garden: Mac OS 9.2.2 for PowerMac G4 MDD To use this software to boot an MDD in OS 9, use Disk Utility in Mac OS X (10.1-10.4) to format a hard drive in Mac OS Extended format, and be sure to choose the option to include "Mac OS 9 Drivers". Once formatted mount the .dmg file and copy the System and Applications folders from the disk image to the hard drive. Restart your MDD via the Startup System Pref Pane or with the Option key held down, and select your Mac OS 9 drive as the Startup Disk. For more info, see The Vintage Mac Museum Blog: Reinstalling Mac OS 9 on a PowerMac G4 MDD
Architecture: PPC

9.0 runs fine on SheepShaver (and can be updated to 9.0.4) but 9.1, 9.2.1, and 9.2.2 won't. For G4 AGP install, it has a special build of Mac OS specifically designed for the G4 AGP Graphics and will not boot in other G4 models.

9.2.x cannot officially run on pre-G3 Macs without OS9 Helper.


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by ilikemacsalot - 2020, July 12 - 9:25pm


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by MetalMilitia - 2020, April 1 - 2:58pm

Perfection for my ibook 800mhz 9.2.2 uni

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, January 18 - 10:03pm

after downloading "Segment #1" of the RAR archive above, I then find that Segment #2 isn't there any more!

I removed the entry and external links for this custom variant of the 9.2.2 System Folder. It can be uploaded to the page if anyone has a complete archive of it. Meanwhile, it shouldn't waste anyone else's time.

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by fogWraith - 2018, January 18 - 12:06pm

Thanks for the notification on the broken segment, I'm sure that if someone still possess the files they will be kind enough to upload them or kindly notify through the community where they can be acquired.

While I understand your frustration, theres no need to lash out.
There are still pages with linked software uploaded to third parties due to the Garden not being able to carry all the files a while back, though its a work in progress and I extend my sincerest of thanks to those who continuously contribute.

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by turtlecroc - 2018, January 18 - 10:14am

Er, an installed version of 9.2.2 is a great idea, but after downloading "Segment #1" of the RAR archive above, I then find that Segment #2 isn't there any more!!! Thus, I spent 20+ min wading thru those sleazy, perverted download sites (e.g. mirrorcreator, depositfiles, etc.) and their pop-up windows and other crap FOR NOTHING. Maybe you can re-up both parts. If not, then you should delete all references to them. F'kin worthless.

Or maybe host them right on macintoshgarden? I mean, now I'm going to have to go thru the whole precess of creating my own minimal Classic install. Thanks (for nothing).

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by IIGS_User - 2016, February 5 - 4:59pm

New file limit is 1 GB.

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by Fortuna Wave - 2016, February 5 - 3:30am

Hello everyone.

I'm back to see something happening in this website. Sorry to tell that I were gone for a long time. As you already know that this page is not updated but filled with placeholders and broken links. If you want Mac OS 9, please check blackholemac's page or the other pages.

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by scott Praed - 2016, February 4 - 7:58am

I think your missing some of other mirror doors.
Power mac G4 (firewire 800) 1.0, Dual 1.25, or Dual 1.42 Ghz.
Introduced in January 2003. Discontinued in June 2003. Model identifier powermac3,6.
model nunber M8570. Colors is Quicksilver. Support status is obsolete.
Power 7455 v3.2 or 3.3 (G4). Number of cores is 1. Cache is 64 kb L1, 256 kb L2, 1mb or 2mb DDR L3
original OS is mac os x 10.2.3 (6H58)
Later OS is Mac os x 10.2.4 or 10.2.6
Maximum os is mac os x 10.5.8
Hardware test is AHT (power mac) 2.0.1
Firmware is open firmware.
Ram is 2GB of Ram.
Memory slots is 4 PC-2100 (1.0 Ghz) or 4 PC-2700 (dual 1.25 Ghz+) 2.5v, unbuffered, 8-byte,
non-partity 184-pin DDR SDRAM
interleaving support is no.
Graphics Card is NVIDIA GeForce4 MX, GeForce4 Ti, ATI Radeon 9000 Pro, or Radeon 9700 Pro.
64 MB (GeForce4 MX), 64 MB (Radeon 9000), 128 MB GeForce4 Ti, 128 MB for Radeon 9700 Pro.
Display connection is 1-DVI , 1-ADC
Display modes is Dual Display extended and video mirroring
Wi-Fi is Optional airport Extreme card (802.11b/g)
Bluetooth is 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
modem is 56k v92
ADB is none
Serial is none
SCSI is none
USB is 2- 12 MB/s
Firewire is 2 - 400 MB/s, 1-800 MB/s (15w total power)
Display is 1-DVI, 1-ADC
Audio in is 1-3.5 mm analog input jack (16-bit 44.1 khz sample rate)
Audio out is 2-3.5 mm analog output jacks, 1 - 2.5 mm apple pro speaker minijack, build speaker ( 16 bit 44.1 khz sample rate)
slots are 4 - 64-bit 33 mhz PCI, 1-4x AGP
Bays are 4 - internal 3.5" ATA Drive bays ( 2 -ATA/100, 2-ATA/66), 2 - optical drive bays
Hard drive interface is 1 - Ultra ATA/66 (ATA-5) 1-ATA/100 (ATA-6)
Optical Drive interface is EIDE (ATA-3)
All of these MDD for Classic environment only. They don't boot in directly in mac os 9.2.2.

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by blackholemac - 2015, September 27 - 1:47am

I am willing to take this page on as a project.

Basically I have access to a vast library of my own for Mac OS 9.x.

I will likely start a new page though. Once it is close to finished and folks weigh in with positives, we can yank the old one. I will begin with retail versions of US media in .toast form and then add retail updates for each version.

Thoughts and testers (once I get started) will be welcome on this idea.

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, September 26 - 6:11am

This page is pretty beat up, with hardly any link available or working.

Notably; Not one file archived internally.

Remove? I think the page should go, if it can't be fixed.

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by shelleyfrank - 2015, February 17 - 3:04pm

If anyone is interested in the OS9.0.4 USA release the iso disk is avalable at Here's the direct link..

The file should be uploaded onto macintoshgarden any case.

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by Chileansmacuser - 2014, December 10 - 9:56am

Hi everyone, about a year i bought an imac summer 2001 like my profile photo, and i need if someone has the Mac OS 9.2.1-E (Spanish Version) can upload it . i would greatly appreciate it , I got the Mac OS 9.1-E but it isnt boot as well , floppy disk appears on screen, thank you.

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by sfp1954 - 2014, November 13 - 8:48pm

Two eMac CDs are here along with many Universal disks.

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by Doodle D Day - 2014, November 13 - 7:09am

As stated above, all of the links for the Machine-Specific Installers are down for the time being, but several of the links under the Custom Variants section are broken.

The two RAR segments of the System Folder Only go to a download site which says they are 48mb and 33mb and even gives a direct link on But the files when downloaded are less than 1mb dmg files which when opened contain an OSX rar app that says it will only run on OSX 10.9.

The Bootable Image for eMac G4 (the 800Mhz ATI Graphics custom CD) is redirected to a site that asks you to signup with a credit card.

These links should be removed and the files (if anyone has them or knows where else to get them) placed in a new location.

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by supernova777 - 2014, October 14 - 3:11pm

i see the imac g4 restore cds from 2002 are posted here... but does anyone have the imac g4 restore cds from 2003?? these cds came with mac os x 10.2.3.. id like to find out which mac os rom version is on these cds (for the purposes of furthering a hack to try to get mac os 9 running on these 2003 imac g4s -

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by supernova777 - 2014, October 2 - 12:01pm

for people like myself who like things compact + neat + tidy ive combined all 4 of the mac os 9 updates (9.0->9.0.4, 9.0.4->9.1, 9.1->9.2.1,9.2.1->9.2.2) into one parent containing disk image, macbinary'd.. ive done the identical thing for the "international" Z- updates, two seperate combination compilations if you will, will post links as soon as i doublecheck + test the updates are ok

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by supernova777 - 2014, October 2 - 1:53am
9.0.2 install + restore images are posted here for the sawtooth agp.. i believe these cds shipped with the sawtooths released dec 2nd 1999 up untill summer of 2000!
ive compiled a list of all powermac g3/g4 desktops here by release date so u can see which machines shipped with which version at a glance on one page instead of the way everymac organizes this information..

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by supernova777 - 2014, September 30 - 3:31am

i appreciate your taking the time to help, i think u have probably read other threads by me by now that this cd is the only way to get a working 8.6 install on a g4 450mhz that includes working firewire + ethernet + sleep functionality.. the way that apple intended the computer to function 100%

as with any computer, running a less resource intensive os results in fast performance..

old operating system + new computer = insane performance
new operating + old computer = very bad performance

os8.6 is zippy as hell on a g4 450mhz.. because the g4 450mhz is *That much faster* then any other mac that was running 8.6.. ie: the 98 beige towers + 9xxx 8xxx 7xxx series were only clocking in at around 200 some odd mhz..

so, rather then running 10.4.11 on a sawtooth with only 450mhz cpu, i plan to run older software from 1996, 1997 + 1998 and get incredible performance from the machine rather then
having it run like a slow ass piece of trash in osx.. i have other machines that can more adequately run os10 + even mac os 9 (like on the quicksilver + mdd) the sawtooth 450mhz is shit even in os9 compaerd to these other later machines as long as its running on its original 450mhz cpu that is. but running 8.6 is something the quicksilvers + mdd's are not able to do, so its the trick up the sawtooth's sleeve.

9.0.4 is not compatible with the sawtooth motherboard at all. 9.0.4 was for gigabit ethernet models only (code name "mystic") which features a different motherboard all together and only 3 ram slots (like the later digital audio + quicksilver models)

the sawtooth is only compatible with 9.0, 9.1, 9.21 + 9.22 (according to my tests) it can be hacked to boot 8.6 with the 2.5.1 mac os rom but theres no point in doing this hack unless u feel like sacrificing pci slots for ethernet + firewire addon cards + losing sleep functionality. (something i cant do as i need all my slots for other hardware)

i have ordered the original 9.0.2 install/restore cds that i suspect are for the sawtooth, i will upload them once i get them and test to ensure working firewire/ethernet -- i still hope someone can lay hands on the G4 8.6 AGP system/restore disc

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by sfp1954 - 2014, September 22 - 10:33pm

Why do you want the "original " disks?
In general you are better off deciding what OS you want to run and using the universal installer for that OS. It is less likely to have bugs.
On a G4 for a classic OS you should be running 9.04 - 9.2.2 (9.2.2 recommended)
Disks are here.
If you want to install a flavor of OS X:
And I think the five CD G4 Quicksilver set would probably also work.

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by supernova777 - 2014, September 22 - 8:54pm

i need the original software restore for a sawtooth g4 450mhz
i didnt see it in this list!

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by Gary - 2014, September 3 - 1:22pm

>One of the main mistakes people make is that they try to mount an image file and then copy it to CD.

Exactly! Once I followed your advice and just copied the ISO file, the CD became magically bootable.



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by sfp1954 - 2014, September 2 - 4:38am

I recommend the 9.2.2 eMac CD then.

Download the .sit file.
Decompress with Drop Unstuff or similar.
Burn to CD with Toast. No need to mount the image.
Just drag it onto Toast and hit the Burn button.

One of the main mistakes people make is that they try to mount an image file and then copy it to CD.
You can't create a bootable CD that way - all you have is a data CD - no drivers!!!
You have to create a CD that is identical to the image at every block.
The best way is to drop the .toast (.iso, .cdr) file onto Toast and hit the Burn button.
You can also Select "Open Image File", ignore the "Mount" option and Burn to CD.

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by Gary - 2014, September 1 - 12:39pm

>Let us know what you're trying to accomplish.

I just bought a PowerBook G4 A1025 PowerPC G4 1Ghz 512MB 60GB 15.2" Laptop that has been totally scrubbed. You know, it starts but displays a Floppy Disk and blinking "?".

I need a bootable version of 9.2.2 on a CD. I've downloaded one ISO file already that has all the files but it isn't bootable.


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by MikeTomTom - 2014, September 1 - 1:05am

link for the PowerBook G4 Titanium machine-specific model appears to be broken.

Try the Universal 9.2.2 Install CD for this book.

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by sfp1954 - 2014, September 1 - 12:45am

Let us know what you're trying to accomplish.
In the meantime you might want to check these out.

These cover just about every OS from System 7 to 10.4 and are all downloadable.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, August 31 - 11:43pm

@Gary: What are you looking for? There is nothing on this page that can't be served by using a universal OS install CD from other Garden pages.

This page is an utter mess. Its what you get when nothing is archived to the internal server. Third party ad driven free storage sites are a con and are the pits to access. They also have a habit of removing the DL's if they're not accessed frequently.

The page description above, isn't helped by the colorful but empty DL "holding places" + inline graphics delivered by 3rd party sites, taking up so much real estate.

This page needs a complete makeover or removal. All of the possible content needs to be archived internally.

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by Gary - 2014, August 29 - 3:33pm

How do I actually download ANY of these files? When I click through to ANY link, I am transferred to "" which tells me that "I can Chat with Anyone Anywhere" and asks me to sign up.

The download button then displays hundreds of photos but NO download ever begins.


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by capoadrian - 2014, August 29 - 5:10am

Estoy por comprar un PMG4 Quicksilver y no tienen los discos originales. Aca están pero no se como bajarlos, si me pueden ayudar? Saludos

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by sfp1954 - 2014, August 26 - 7:49pm

Nothing special about it - you can use the emac 9.2.2 disk or the 9.2.1 universal disk.

Gary's picture
by Gary - 2014, August 26 - 4:30pm

The link for the PowerBook G4 Titanium machine-specific model appears to be broken. When I follow it to its end, I get a bunch of photos rather than a download.


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by Fortuna Wave - 2014, June 10 - 6:16am

It's time to split this page into Mac OS 9 versions. I will start with 9.0.x first.

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by sfp1954 - 2014, April 7 - 3:25am

My personal library is here:

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by IIGS_User - 2014, April 6 - 8:40am

Re-added version allemand (9.0.4).

Would be nice to see the retail (non-machine-bundled) versions to be uploaded into the internal file slots.

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by mrdav - 2014, April 5 - 11:43pm

Re-uploaded Power Mac G4 (AGP) Software Install (OS 9.0.4) (CD: Z691-2657-A) and Power Mac G4 (AGP) Software Restore (OS 9.0.4) (CD: Z691-2656-A). These are international versions.

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by os9er - 2013, November 19 - 1:48am

Last time I tried to download the 9.1 update, it wouldnʻt open, even in Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

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by samhimac - 2013, May 23 - 10:47pm

I've been trying to download the Mac OS 9 updates for my iMac G3 (of which I installed using an iBook Install Disc). However, I cannot expand them in Mac OS 9.0.4. I downloaded the latest Stuffit Expander (7.0.3 and 5.5 installed), and disabled mounting the disc images. I even tried Disk Copy, but I get error -39. Any suggestions?


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by IIGS_User - 2013, May 2 - 8:21am

"Coming soon, for luck." is such a inconvenient "No image uploaded." message.

The question is: "Since..."

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by TheComputerKid - 2013, May 2 - 12:24am

"Coming soon, for luck." is such a inconvenient "No image uploaded." message.

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by JorkanoFaln - 2013, April 7 - 1:20pm

I have posted an app which contains both the mac os9 and osx install disks for the powermac g4 quicksilver 2002 so can you remove the powermac g4 quicksilver 2002 from this page.

Understand that/ Verstehe das

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by muttztfz - 2012, November 22 - 1:06am

Mac OS D-9.1 has been deleted (MediaFire). Can someone re-upload it?
And why has it been touched?

The problem with Mac OS 9.0 update is language kit. A real installation CD is required for all non-english versions, which is a PITA if you have a german updater from 9.0.4 to 9.1, but it doesn't work. Following one could of course uninstall language kit... but then, what is the sense of a language kit in the first place?

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by Euryale - 2012, June 29 - 8:54pm

Thank you both for your help..
I figured it was easier to make another HD image (Sheepshaver really makes this part easy)
and reinstall a whole new system,
I didn´t want to do this before because I was lazy to reinstall all the programs again,
but it went well and now it works fine,
now the sound manager detects the -built in- sound device and I have sound,

I´ve noticed that OS 9 is much more stable than Basilisk w/8.1 on the Win7 environment

Once again Thanks!

I read somewhere that I can browse the iNTERNET with Sheepshaver
now I´m gonna try that...

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by Protocol 7 - 2012, June 29 - 1:02pm

The only other thing I can think of is to reinstall OS 9 making sure you use the new world rom. Perhaps something gets left out of the install when it can't detect the onboard audio.

I've rarely used OS 9 in Sheepshaver. Prefer 8.6.

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by SwedeBear - 2012, June 29 - 11:17am

Ok; got some pieces which might be of use:

If the sound output isn't working, try removing the "Apple Audio Extension".


About sound: go to the monitors and sound control panel and check if it says "built-in" under sound output. If not, got the Apple Extras folder, open Sound Control Panel folder, open the Sound control panel, choose Sound Out and select Built-in.

If u still got the '8.1 Install Disk' the 'Sound Control Panel' should be available for sure. HTH.

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by Euryale - 2012, June 29 - 12:16am


QuickDraw acceleration (check mark)
Disable sound output (unchecked)


On the OS Sound control panel
says Alert sounds, input, output is blank as if no sound device was detected at all,

on the extension´s manager all the Quicktime extensions are enabled

Protocol 7's picture
by Protocol 7 - 2012, June 28 - 11:01pm

Hmm, no sound device in the control panel?

Is sound enabled in Sheepshaver? Make sure nosound is set to false in the prefs file.

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by Euryale - 2012, June 28 - 10:29pm

Thanks for your quik response..

I´m using the oldworld ROM
and now that you mention it, I´ll try again with the NewWorld ROM

... .... .....
.... ... ....

Nope the NewWorld ROM works, still no sound
I checked the sound control panel but it doesn´t show any sound device (blank)

by the way I also Have Basilisk w/8.1 and works fine

Protocol 7's picture
by Protocol 7 - 2012, June 28 - 9:57pm

The rom you're using with Sheepshaver can cause this. Are you using an old world one (4MB PowerMac)? If so, you'll need to extract the new world one from the iMac update (this will be mentioned in the Sheepshaver tutorials all over).

Failing that, did you select the "built-in" audio for output in the Sound control Panel? Even though it's the only option you still have to click it.

Euryale's picture
by Euryale - 2012, June 28 - 9:16pm

Hello, HELP
after so much trouble trying to get the OS 9 Retail, (I had to get it through other means from another site)
I finaly installed it but I have no sound at all,
so I don´t know what else I should do,
I´m running it through Sheepshaver on Windows 7 Ultimate
and I installed it over OS 8.1 with a clean install but I kept the QuickTime extensions
so I try to reinstall Quicktime from the OS 9 CD but it won´t let me do it cuz the installer had to be some other version...
so any suggestion would be appreciated........ Thanks

(excuse the grammar, English is not my native language)

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by Euryale - 2012, June 20 - 11:31pm

Hi, well I´m trying to download the 9.0.4 retail bootable version
it sends me to a web page that requires me to download and install the nakido flag (done that)
then it says that it´s Queuing the file and that I have to wait almost 2 hours!! start the download??!

is that right?

I don´t have internet at home and I have to pay by the hour
c´mon can you make this easier...and less troublesome?