Well this is my second eMac. I used to have a 700MHz G4 that I gave away to a friend that needed a computer ( he doesn't have much money, plus its fine for the simple web browsing and emailing that he does.) On that computer I had OSX 10.4 along with OS 9.2.2 installed, and I could boot into either.
I recently got a Northern lights 1GHz eMac from eBay. It has a 60Gb drive, 640MB RAM, not too shabby...
I got an airport extreme card for it just recently too.
The reason I got this particular machine is that I wanted to find the fastest machine that could still boot into OS 9.2. There area number of software that I have that just doesn't run well under Classic Mode. I wanted the ability to boot into OS 9.2 to run that software (mainly some games, kids games, etc).
Well the machine came with OSX 10.4 installed, but no OS9 or classic available...
For my former 700GHZ eMac I had bought on eBay the original OS9.2 install disk that came with it, and had used it successfully. I tried using that same CD on my new eMac, but it would not install.
After screwing around with it, I screwed it up and could not get it to boot anymore. I would not recognize anything to boot. In desperation (real dumb move probably here) I had a OSX disk for a G4 iBook that I had. I installed OSX 10.2 on it. Surprisingly it installed OK, and now its running 10.28 fairly well.
Then I tried using my eMac OS9.2 install disk that I mentioned before. This time it did install. And Classic mode does work. But unfortunately I can't boot into OS 9.2.
When I opened up "Startup disk" it lets me select OS.9.2, and then when I restart, it give me the picture of the "broken disk" type thing, meaning it can't find a bootable image to boot from. I tried restarting and pressing the command key to select the place to boot from but it only give me one choice, and that choice didn't work, So I was up the same creek again. But I found out about the
Boot with 'X' pressed to book into OS X trick, and that saved me. So for some reason I just can't boot into OS9. Any ideas why that might be the case?
Okay, here's what I recommend. First off, I usually set up separate partitions for each OS; 1 for OS 9.2.x and 1 for OS X. Once the drive is set up that way (partitioned and erased), make sure you install OS 9.2.x first, then OS X. Oh, don't forget any software updates needing installing before putting OS X on that eMac.
Next, before you attempt the above, try running Disk Utility off of the OS X Install disk. See if any files are screwed up. If all goes good, try "blessing the OS 9 System Folder". To do that, simply navigate to where the OS 9 system folder is at, open then close the folder. Those actions will "bless" the folder and make it bootable. Then go into the OS X System Preferences and change the Startup Disk settings to boot from OS 9. Restart afterwards.
Try all this and report back with results.
73s de Phreakout.