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OS 9 on a 6500?
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Dec 16, 2004, 02:01 PM
 
That's the question. Can I successfully install system OS 9
on a 6500 which has a processor that is 225, 250, 275, or 300.
A friend I know wants to give it to a nephew to use at college.
The ram is most likely not maxxed out to its 128 Mb limit.
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Dec 16, 2004, 03:33 PM
 
Originally posted by kirktalon:
That's the question. Can I successfully install system OS 9
on a 6500 which has a processor that is 225, 250, 275, or 300.
A friend I know wants to give it to a nephew to use at college.
The ram is most likely not maxxed out to its 128 Mb limit.
Yes it should run fine, I've had OS 9 running on a 5200 with a 75Mhz 603e processor and 16MB of RAM. The above machine/s will run it well.

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Dec 17, 2004, 04:46 PM
 
It'll run fine IF it has enough RAM: minimum 128MB if MS Office will be used. I wouldn't even consider running Mac OS 9 with less than 96MB of RAM. With 64 or less, the performance is unacceptable. Also, the internal modem will not work. (Installing Mac OS 9 will actually delete the modem driver if it was already there.)

That said, giving that to somebody who's going to college now... err... it's kinda old for that. Waaaay old.

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Dec 17, 2004, 05:06 PM
 
OS 8.6 will provide probably over 90% of the functionality that OS 9 will, and I think it uses a bit less RAM. Probably a better choice. Hell, even 8.1 should be good enough for most things and it'll use a lot less RAM and be faster. I'd suggest one of those rather than OS 9. 9 seemed to be a bit buggy, slow, and demanding compared to its older brothers, and it doesn't have any huge advantages.

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Dec 18, 2004, 08:03 AM
 
Luca is right - 8.6 was the sweet spot for the classic Mac OS. The 6500 will run OS 9 (up to 9.1.x) just fine, but it will require more RAM and drive space than 8.6, as has been stated.

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Dec 18, 2004, 01:09 PM
 
Originally posted by Big Mac:
Luca is right - 8.6 was the sweet spot for the classic Mac OS. The 6500 will run OS 9 (up to 9.1.x) just fine, but it will require more RAM and drive space than 8.6, as has been stated.
I have a 6500 w/ 32 mb's of ram, vram up to 64, it choked on 9, 8.6 does swell, I just can't run itunes.
     
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Dec 19, 2004, 02:10 AM
 
iTunes on OS 9 was not a great experience. It skipped during even light loads. Thank the Lord for OS X!

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Dec 19, 2004, 09:34 AM
 
Originally posted by Big Mac:
iTunes on OS 9 was not a great experience. It skipped during even light loads. Thank the Lord for OS X!
Amen!

(9.1 will run, but I'd also advise sticking with 8.6)
     
   
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