Ask PowerPage: PBG4 17 and Mac OS 9 Booting

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Date: Thursday, January 9th, 2003, 00:00
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I was sitting and wondering. Will the new PowerBook G4/17 I want so bad be able to boot into Mac OS 9 or will it only boot Mac OS X? Has anyone at Expo tried booting it up with a Mac OS 9.2.2 CD-ROM or FireWire drive?

Officially it is an OS X-only booting machine, but we have heard that re-formatting the HDD with 9.2.2 may work.

(Aside: We need a nickname for this new machine, WideBook? BroadBook? AlloyBook17? And what about the 12-inch model? MiniBook?)

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