Hello my name is XXXXX XXXXX I will be glad to help you today.
Can you please tell me what year is your G4 Imac 20 inch?
I believe I found the specs for your Mac.
http://support.apple.com/kb/sp94 <click here for you G4 Imac specs and compare to the requirements of OS9
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2299 < click here for OS9 Requirements.
I believe your system should be able to run OS 9 but I wonder about the with virtual memory set to at least 40 MB
Is this the original OS classic disk that came with your G4 Imac?
this is what I have
I am still researching this more for you.
It is NOT the original disk that came with it.
I bought the original 9.2.1 DVD from Amazon
I am reading that classic is very picky about having the original classic disk for the computer it came with
Let me see if there is a way around this
The botXXXXX XXXXXne is that I need to "Bless" the system folder.
so I did copy the system folder from the original DVD.
I also saw this...
I will take a look at that link.
Have you seen this support article from Apple?
http://support.apple.com/kb/TA21672 < how to bless a system folder
I can try that. But doubt if it will work. the iMac does not boot from the 9.2.1 DVD
It only boots from the Tiger DVD that I have
so it will not boot to the 9 disk at all so you have not been able to install it what so ever then correct?
but I then thought I can run it inside classic mode
google hits suggested...
1. Copy "System Folder" from original 9.2 DVD to a clean partition or a file location
its the blessing bit that I can do
2. bless it
sorry CAN NOT do
I did find this as well
You cannot install MacOS 9 by running the MacOS 9 installer in the Classic environment. To run the MacOS 9.2.1 installer, you must boot from the MacOS 9.2.1 CD. If your commputer doesn't boot MacOS 9, then you have to take a different tack. If your computer cannot boot MacOS 9, then you may restore your Classic environment from the CDs that came with your system. Its really simple. MacOS 9 is contained in a disk image file that you simply open. It mounts a virtual volume on your Desktop. You drag the System Folder and Applications (MacOS 9) folder to your favorite place on your MacOS X computer. If you are networked to another computer or if you use CD-R/RW Sneaker Net, then you can copy an installation of MacOS 9.2.1 from one computer to another.
where I got this from is here http://forums.appleinsider.com/t/46124/cant-install-classic-9-2
He was able to get it going
Read and see if it pertains to your situation
did I loose you?
just stepped out
No problem looks like the website is acting up. I lost all of our conversation and have a blank screen
I don't have the original CD's that came with this iMac
The 9.2.1 DVD I have is an original Mac OS X install BUT not the one that shipped with the iMac :-(
And I don't live around the corner from all the folks that sells the stuff on eBay or Amazon. Else I would walk to them and beg them nicely to give the originals.
I am down here in South Africa
I have not given up yet here. It seems the problem is that you need the 9.2.2 but there has to be a work around just have not come across it yet
click that link and see if you can read this from a google group
yes I can read it...
let me look
It looks like it has a free download for the 9.2.2 from apple
yes. I have started the download ...
500 od meg
o boy...only 3 Apple hours left ;-(
John I am going to download this and give it a go in the morning
its 8pm here
It llooks promising
Can we touch base again tommorow ?
Your six hours a head of me
you on the east coast?
then its is 6 hours
I do appreciate your effort thus far John.
Yes I am on the East coast in Ohio here
I need to get the girls to bed now...
I have four
So you can leave a message here even if I am not online I will get it
2 year through to 11 years
ok I will do
You to I will look for your message in the morning or later tonight
Talk to you then.
Ok. Brilliant !
Tx John that did it.