Re: [NTLK] Weird Classic issue

From: Morgan Aldridge <>
Date: Wed Jul 19 2006 - 17:50:04 EDT

As someone else mentioned, it's because the copy that made it from
the iBook to the FireWire hard drive retained its "blessed" state,
but (for some reason... probably poor Finder extended attributes
support in your version of Mac OS X) it lost it when copied from the
FireWire hard drive to your local hard drive.

If you're familiar with the command line, you can use the 'bless'
command with the '--folder9' switch to bless a a Mac OS 9.x System
Folder for booting from (if supported) or Classic. An example would be:

        bless --folder9 /System\ Folder/

Note: you probably need to run it as root, so make sure you're logged
into an administrator account and use 'sudo', like so:

        sudo bless --folder9 /System\ Folder/

Both these examples assume that the Mac OS 9 System Folder is named
"System Folder" and is in the root of the drive. The backslash before
the space is required.

Otherwise, you'd have to actually start up the computer in Mac OS 9
(from the FireWire hard drive) and re-bless the System Folder on your
hard drive by dragging the Finder and System files out of it and back
in. Of course, that requires that your machine is old enough to
actually boot into Mac OS 9 and also to boot into Mac OS 9.1.x
(preferably you'd try one of you 9.2.2 System Folders to try to avoid
that limitation).

I hope that helps.


Morgan Aldridge

On Jul 19, 2006, at 5:31 PM, Jim Felder wrote:
> A few days ago I announced success in running NCU on my Powerbook and
> connecting my Newton. While that's all still happening, there is a
> gnawing weirdness that I'd like to explain--and change.
> I acquired Classic by grabbing a system folder off my daughter's
> iBook on Sunday. I plugged up my 250G HD to the iBook and slid the
> system folder onto the FW drive, then connected and slid it off onto
> my PB's local drive.
> The Classic I've been running is the one on the FW HD, because it's
> the only one that Panther will recognize. Panther will absolutely not
> recognize system 9 on my local drive. Since sunday, I've located a
> number of 9.1 and 9.2.2 copies I had stored away and have loaded them
> with no success at all.
> Remember, originally I was using an IDENTICAL system folder on both
> hard drives, but Panther only recognized the one on my external drive.
> Why would this be? What could be done? I don't want to have to carry
> an external firewire drive with me just to use NCU.
> Thanks,
> Jim
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