the problem of course is the ***holes who sold me the computer, gave me the OS9 install disc and the OS8.6 restore disk - the one with the appleworks folder (theyíre now out of business so thereís no going back).
so in order to have a fully functional appleworks app on board i had to have OS8.6 installed on a back partition (which i originally had, by necessity)
i wanted only one partition so i stored appleworks on iDisk thinking i could download it later after my OS9 clean install.
didnít work: tried to lift appleworks off the restore disk but this resulted in a clean install of OS8.6 overwriting OS9 and all my settings.
i went apeshit for 10 minutes but then remembered a friend recently went on a junket to set up 3 brand new iMacs for an airline display - took a longshot and gave him a call.
guess what - he had thoughtfully returned with 3 full OS9.1 software packages.
so my problems seem solved. iím picking one up from him tomorrow.
the motto of course is Ďif it ainít broke, donít fix ití - but then i wouldnít have ended up with OS9.1, iMovie2, Appleworks6(?) and whatever else might be waiting for me tomorrow.
thanks for your help though: i learnt a few things on this trip.