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Mega PRoblem with Dual Bootable OS 9/X today! No OSX "directory" message!

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.
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weedCommented:
Panther does not negate dual booting.

Sounds like whatever you installed, or did, hosed part of your OS X installation. You need to boot off the OS X CD, preferably Panther, and do an Archive and Install which will save your home folder, but put a fresh new OS X on it.
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mikes425Author Commented:
Cool, is the archive/install procedure provided as an option in the guided, reinstallation "routine or provided as an Option at some point of the installation, or is this something i need to do as a separate action.  The main
concern is not to disrupt in any way the content of the OS 9 environment and system, and all contents
therein.... (Thanks for your patience with my questions)

Mike
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weedCommented:
An OS X install wont mess with an OS 9 install unless you choose to reformat and install.

The Archive/Install procedure should be presented during the installation process.
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