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Strange problems in OS 9
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Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Park Ridge, NJ, USA
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Sep 23, 2001, 03:58 PM
So I was having trouble booting up, and I finally got back home from school where my OS 9 disk was. I booted up with it, and I changed Startup Disk's default to OS 9 (OS X was the one giving me the problem). Now I restart, and my background and all my fonts are different, and under the Apple menu, nothing is there but "About This Computer", and when I hit restart it says "A valid System Folder and Finder are not selected, you may not be able to reboot"...

So when I try to reinstall OS 9, a few minutes into it, it says "The file 'icon' on 'Machintosh HD' was unable to be accessed. Please move the file or delete it." I have no idea what that means and could not find any such file.

Any help is GREATLY appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Sep 23, 2001, 11:54 PM
OS 9.21 is crap. I'd bet its your prob.

Delete your Finder Preferences, System Preferences.

Zap your PRAM - Apple-Option-P-R at startup, let go after the third chime.

Rebuild your desktop - Apple-Option just as the Finder loads.

Check your disk with Disk First Aid - see if its okay.

Go back to 9.1 or 9.04... have a seperate 9.21 for OSX Classic.
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Sep 24, 2001, 12:37 AM
You may have accidentally disabled your Text Encoding Converter. The icon file is the file that stores the custom icon for a file or folder.

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