View Full Version : Latest OS available for pre-G3 Macs?
01-27-2002, 07:01 PM
I've been out of the Mac scene for quite some time and appear to have fallen behind quite a bit. I'm currently running Mac OS 8.1 on my 9600 and need to upgrade to >= 8.5.1 in order to upgrade to Digital Performer 3.0 (I'm currently using 2.4). I just bought OS 10.1 knowing that it comes bundled with 9.x(since OS is unsupported on my machine), only to find out that 9.2 is only supported on the same hardware as OS X.
So my question is, does unsupported = won't run or does it mean "run at your own risk"? If it won't run, what's the latest OS that's supported on pre-G3 Macs and is anyone still selling it?
02-16-2002, 08:14 AM
the latest OS is the one right before OS X
02-20-2002, 08:41 AM
I would be concerned about the speed of your Mac running OS9. My last Mac was a 6400/200 that worked with OS9 but was a little treacly.
I ended up going back to 8.6 (got 8.5, upgrade to 8.6 immediately) which might be a better option for you. Many of the programs that come out specifiy 8.6 as the lowest.
02-20-2002, 01:09 PM
I just picked up a 733 Mhz G4 after they lowered the prices but I'll probably keep the 9600 and load OS 8.6 on it so I can put my OASYS card and a G3 400 Mhz accelerator in it. I figure using it as a dedicated OASYS box is probably more cost effective than trying to sell it used since G3's are so cheap on Ebay these days. I'll keep an eye on Ebay for an 8.5/8.6 CD... Thanks!
02-21-2002, 10:55 AM
Can someone post the website or mailing address where I can get an update to MACOS 8.6? I currently have MACOS 8.5. Thanks!:)
02-23-2002, 10:28 AM
You will only ever find OS upgrades from Apple.
Go check support and then downloads. Type 8.6 in the search and it should come up on the resulting page
03-01-2002, 03:04 PM
Machine Type: Power Macintosh (67)
System Version: 9.1.0
Processor: PowerPC 604ev
The latest OS for this config is 9.1.0. There is a later OS 9.2 but it's only for >=G4 Macs. You will have to download the 9.1 from the Apple site. It's huge and it updates an installed OS9.0.
OS 9.1 is very stable, it's fast and provides all the latest features. If you're upgrading from OS 8.x you'll very probably have to get new drivers for your peripherals etc.
03-07-2002, 03:06 PM
It'll run on your vintage Mac, its way more stable... and, brings your computer one step closer to being a 'real' computer, not just an apple-toy...
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