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OS9 update hell

Started by pentium, January 24, 2009, 07:00:30 PM

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I just started the big move from MacOS 8.1 to 9.2.2 and I have hit a brick wall.

The move up to 9 was okay but when I then tried to apply the 9.1 update from a cd I have I an stopped by a window saying "This program cannot run on your computer."
Puzzled, I tried the updater you can download from apple and after three hours (why the hell is IE so slow on my mac?) I got it downloaded and it FINALLY updated me to 9.1.

Next was 9.2.1
Since I didn't have it on CD I downloaded it as well and another three hours later it was done and guess what happened when I started the updater?
"This program cannot run on your computer."
Now I'm stuck at 9.1. What on earth is going on here?
Only the base extensions are on and appletalk/sharing has been switched off.

-NeXT 68040 Cube with NS 3.3 and 64Mb ram


What Mac are you trying to upgrade to 9.22? If I recall this update was only for certain Macs.

It also seemed to me but I could be wrong that it was better to do a fresh install. also the eMac's set of CD's had a version of 9.22 that would install on most Macs of the time as it seemed to me I ordered a set for this reason.


If this isn't a Beige G3, you'll need this utility:



OS 9.2.1 install patches and OS 9.2.2 install patches.

6400/6500 needs PRAM zapped after OS 9.2.1 install or they might not boot


OS9 Helper is newer, and probably more stable.


Quote from: "pentium"but when I then tried to apply the 9.1 update from a cd I have I an stopped by a window saying "This program cannot run on your computer.".
Your 9.1 update CD only compatible with :

Power Macintosh 6100 series
Power Macintosh 7100 series
Power Macintosh 8100 series
Power Macintosh 8115
Workgroup Server 6150
Workgroup Server 8150
Workgroup Server 9150

After placing the Mac OS 9.1 CD in the drive, restart the computer. Press and hold the "c" key during system startup time. When the computer is started up from CD, you will see a unique CD desktop pattern as confirmation.

The downloadable Mac OS 9.1 update available from Apple Downloads is not compatible with original (NuBus-based) Power Macintosh computers.

A Mac OS 9.1 CD is required to install Mac OS 9.1 on original Power Macintosh computers.