I have a couple old compact macs that I'm looking to get going again. But, I have no installation media at all. I bought one of the Big Mess o' Wires floppy emulator, and have successfully booted the computers using a few of the boot disks that were in a raw disk image format - but I have had no luck finding system installation floppy images.
I was sure these would have been easy to find with all of the emulators and whatnot. At this point, I'd be fine with getting a functional set of actual floppies. I dont have working old school mac at this time. Any ideas?
I don't necessarily want the floppies, as I would really like to find disk images to use with the floppy emulator.
But I suppose if I could find the disks, I could then make images after getting a working system going. Thanks,
What about getting it straight from Apple here? Scroll down to the "System Software Downloads" section.
I was about to recommend that as well before I saw that Apple distributes 7.5.x as one giant self-mounting image.
RetroMacCast covered "Rescue My Classic Mac", a small business that sells physical system software disks. Perhaps he'd be willing to provide a disk image service for you.
I tried getting 7.5.3 from the Apple site, but as you mentioned it does just expands to a large installer.
I was able to scour the internet and found a treasure trove of MacOs disk images, but they are DiskCopy 6.x images and do not appear to work with the Floppy Emu.
I did find a System 7.0 boot image, and that does get the machine going - but not alot more I can do with it from there.
I ended up ordering a set of 7.5 floppies of ebay, so I'll have something to get started with. Afterwards, I'm going to make some floppy emu friendly images of those disks for future use.
I have all pre-system 9 systems as floppy disc images (Disc copy images as part of the system support discs that Apple issued to technicians) . You used to be able to get this stuff from Macgarden. Paul
Yeah I found a motherload collection of all disk images Pre-OS9. Just needed to convert from DiskCopy 6.x to 4.2, and did so using a Basilisk II emulator and a shared volume.
My floppy emu seems to get SD read errors half way through first disk of an install, and I think the internal floppy is toast as well. So, I'm thinking these classics are going to go back into their "eye candy" stage of life. :)