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Classic lost after upgrading to Tiger

After upgrading to Tiger 10.4.4 (iMac G4) and attempting to start Classic the following message occurs: There is a problem updating the classic specific files. Classic unable to update its files in "System Folder" on in MAC HD". I haven't been able to find a word combination in search mode that addresses this problem. Thank you.

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Try Repairing Disk Permissions

In reply to: Classic lost after upgrading to Tiger

Go to Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility, choose your HD and run Repair Permissions on it.
Then try Classic again.
What do you run that requires Classic?


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Classic problem

In reply to: Try Repairing Disk Permissions

Thanks for your quick response. But it was unsuccessful - OS 9 starts to load and then the same error message came up. The program I'm trying to reopen is called Inspiration (mapping, organization, diagramming, classroom instruction software - I have version 7 which worked when I was using OS 10.3

Thanks again.

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Ok, next

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Go to the System Preferences Pane/Classic and start OS 9 from there.
As soon as you see the indication that Classic is starting, hold down the shift key.
This work best, for viewing purposes if you have checked the "show startup window" as you can see the Happy Mac icon and the words, Extensions disabled.
Let go of the shift key at this point.

What happens?

In a worst case scenario, you can always do a clean install of OS 9 using the Clean Install option on the installer.


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Splitting the hard drive

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Pete, Did he miss splitting the hard drive while installing OSX4?
The only reason I am asking because I was following my Mac IT guy installing it also while asking questions concerning my computer a few months ago.
There was an interesting question presented to me during a clean-install for OSX4. My IT guy asked me ?Are you certain you want to go forward? There is no turning back! Are you ready??
I told him that I had made back-up disks. Go for it! It worked.
I would not have tried this on my own at all!!!
Hiring an IT person is well worth it. Seems expensive at first, but well worth it when everything works.
If the poster is missing the OS9.2 installation disc, there are internet sites that have it for very little money. Froogle it. I think?

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"splitting" the disk

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I assume you mean partition.
There is no need to partition the HD to install OS 9 on the machine. The two OS's live happily on the same drive.
Apple did not partition drives when they shipped machines with OS 9 and OS X installed


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Partitioning is correct. Some day, I just might get it correct.
Thanks for the correct info, as always.
Just trying to help out and guessing at the same time.

Pete can you tell us more about this. How both OS's live happily together on the same drive?


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Classic problem continued

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When opening Classic from System Preferences and holding down the shift key it starts and then the error message - there is a problem with updating the classic specific files- returns.

Can a clean install of Classic be done from the original OS.10.2.3 disk, or do I need to get a copy of OS9?

Thanks again,


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You need a copy of OS 9

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to perform the clean install of OS 9.
It is not included on the OS X disks


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