Today I simply tried to install an HP 1012 laserjet printer on a Dual G4 1.25 desktop. This is the dual
bootable i.e., OSX or OS 9.22 startup disk options.
I started in OS 9.22 as I normally do, ran the installer for the HP software and restarted only to get a
freeze and a half-displayed dialogue box grayed out in the foreground... I proceeded to remove any
other pre-existing printer software (from a Canon i560) and try again...same issue. I kept restarting
in OS9.22 but when the "HPLaserJetEngine" dialogue attempted to open it hung and froze the
finder and OS completely. I was able to do an uninstall of the HP stuff.
Then I thought I'd try booting from OSX. Upon getting video I received text similar to that of DOS
looking stuff indicating "No Such Directory" or something to that effect - I had never seen that on a Mac before. This was as far as I could get on repeated attempts to restart (trying to find a way to
switch startup disks but couldn't get past this freeze point with the on-screen text).
Unfortunately I did not have a bootable first-aid disk that would respond using the "C" key but
Ultimately I found an installer disc set for a Mac OSX Panther Upgrade install that i've never used, and was able to get to a Start-Up Disc selection option, allowing me to re-choose OS 9.22 which I did and
restarted okay into OS 9. I don't want to even try restarting OS X again for fear of encountering
the same scenario.
Question - what can I do to restore the OSX software - which it sounds like is what's required...without screwing up my existing contents/environment of the OS9.22 system on this
computer...? I presume that installing Panther means you no longer can dual-boot to "Classic" - but
I do have the "System Restore" discs for the system that's in here now. What would be a safe way
to reinstall OSX as-is without screwing with my OS 9 system which...for the moment is rebooting
and running like before. the OSX side of the machine is version 10.28 build 6R75.