OS 8.6 Apple Japanese Lang Kit lost when re-installing system-where?

Posted on 2003-03-28
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Last Modified: 2010-04-25
In changing to ADSL, I re-installed my (USA) system software (twice) due to a PPPoE, TCP/IP conflict.  Now Japanese Language Kit software is no longer attached to my e-mail, Word, Internet, etc. In trying to re-connect using Japanese Language Register in Apple Extras, I get message "You must install Language Kit software to use this application".
I have "Language Register" in the Apple Extras folder.
I have "Language Kit Extension" in my Extensions folder.
I have "Language Kit Preferences" in my Preferences folder.

I don't know where my original CD is (in what country-in what box, I bought it in June 1999).
I didn't back everything up before re-installing, because it said nothing would be lost. (my mistake!)
1  Is the software possibly still somewhere on my hard disk?  
   Where should I look? It isn't under Japanese Language.
   I don't know another name, so Finder hasn't helped.
2  Is there somewhere I can quickly get this "old" software for my
   PowerBook G3, using OS 8.6?
3  Will Apple help me?  I'm not sure, but I think I would have
   registered it at that time. If there's a chance, how do I contact
   them (I'm in Japan--calling doesn't work very well)
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ID: 8229534
The language kits are optional parts of an OS install, and are installed FROM the original CD. You wont get the language kits anywhere else. You SHOULDNT drag it from your old system folder to the new one. Thats just a messy way of doing it. Apple probably wont help. Its kinda like if you buy a used car and it's stolen a week later. Theyre not gonna replace the car for free. You need to purchase an old copy of 8.6 or just bite the bullet and buy a copy of OS 9.

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ID: 8229872
Thanks, but, the Apple Japanese Language Kit is NOT a part of OS 8.6.  I HAVE my OS 8.6 CD.  It is a separate program that I purchased from Apple so that I could use Japanese.
And from what I have read, it sounds like one can't upgrade an original PowerBook G3.  It won't help, anyway, if I can't get the Japanese program.
Have you heard of this program?  In June 1999, it was the only way I could find to do word processing (Word) and e-mail in Japanese.  (I think my using PowerMail was probably your suggestion a couple of years ago.  It's been great.)

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ID: 8230338
Actually, if you know ANY way I can do Japanese with Word, Netscape Navigator 6, (or 4.6) and PowerMail, that's what I need.
I don't absolutely need to recover the Apple Japanese Language Kit.  It is just that that's the only way I know how to get what I need.  But I don't even know if I can buy it for OS 8.6 anymore.  I tried an Internet search, but couldn't find it.
I've been working on this for six weeks, and I'm not even trying to get out of paying for something (of course, I'd prefer not to pay for something I already purchased, but...).
Do you know of anything that will work?
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ID: 8230698
Well, with a japanese font, and using the japanese keyboard layout under OS X you should get the same result. Im fairly sure the japanese language kit was included on the installer CDs but you had to dig for it. It wasnt an option via the OS installer. It was a separate installer.

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ID: 8238177
I found it, the other installer, but it's an update.  I tried to use the installer, hoping it could find what I can't, but it also gave a message that the system doesn't have a valid Language Kit installed, so it can't update it.
Any other ideas?  Should I give up, and give you the points?
I appreciate your efforts, truly, but don't have a solution.
Are you saying that OS X has Japanese on it?
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ID: 8238494
OS X has much better language support than OS 9 ever did. I've been able to type Japanese here with no extra add-ons. Dont have the faintest clue what im typing but that's another story.

I dont have an 8.6 CD here but on my OS 9 CD there are a bunch of language kit installers, extra japanese fonts etc.

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ID: 8244969
Thanks.  Looks like I'll be buying a new system upgrade.

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ID: 8244982
If the last comment only is kept with the question, it doesn't make much sense.
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The entire thread is kept as a whole so anyone who comes along and reads it later will have a chance to read the entire dialog.

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