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Does anybody know if I can do this? I am currently using powerbook G3 with English MacOS8.6.

One more thing, I've installed two language kits(Chinese and Japanese). I wonder if I can upgrade to Chinese OS9 without screwing too much...
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Since OS9 is a completely new system, not an update, you should have no problems. Just be sure to get rid of all the 8.6 stuff. Dont do a "dirty install". To be on the safe side i would also back up my entire hard drive, wipe the powerbook drive with apples drive setup and install 9.0 from scratch. You probably dont have to do that but sometimes its worth it just to be safe.
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You mentioned, "To be on the safe side i would also back up my entire hard drive, wipe the powerbook drive with apples drive setup and install 9.0 from scratch." Can you be more specific on that? I am notsure how I can wipe off the current stuff and be able to install a new OS.

Are you saying something like "format" in PC?
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Yes basically thats what im saying. Put all the information from your powerbook, sans the current system folder, onto zip, jaz, CDR, another computer..whatever. Just so your information is backed up. Then booting off your chinese os9 cd format the drive and install os9. You probably dont have to do this but its better safe than sorry.
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Thanks for quick response. Hopefully, this is the last question:)

How do I format the drive and install OS9 at the same time?

What I can think of is to put in CD first and ... then?
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You mentioned, "To be on the safe side i would also back up my entire hard drive, wipe the powerbook drive with apples drive setup and install 9.0 from scratch." Can you be more specific on that? I am notsure how I can wipe off the current stuff and be able to install a new OS.

Are you saying something like "format" in PC?
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That is something that your manual should take you through but to sum it up.

Put the CD in, hold down the C key and restart. Keep the C key held down until you see the smiley mac. Open apples Drive Setup in the utilities folder on your CD. Select your drive and hit the initialize button. Close Drive Setup. Run the OS9 installer from the root level of the CD. Proceed normally.
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