Can't run Classic on new G4?

I went to grab a new G4 powerbook, but after picking one out the "genius" at the Mac Store told me that it could not run Classic.  At first I assumed he meant that it could not boot in classic, but he said no, the new systems cannot even run "classic mode".  I personally found this hard to believe, and have yet to find anyone else tell me this is the case.  Sad to say it would be far from the first time one of these so called Genius's didn't know what they were talking about.  However, I want to make sure b/c I need to run some classic apps, and will have to dig up a reconditioned system if this is the case.

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Andrew DuffyTechnical Services CoordinatorCommented:
If you're talking about the new MacBook Pro, then the 'genius' is right - it simply won't run Classic. This is because the code it's written in only runs on processors from the Motorola legacy and the MacBook Pro has an Intel processor. In order for classic to work they'd have to rewrite the Classic environment, which I'm sure you can see is unrealistic.
Andrew DuffyTechnical Services CoordinatorCommented:
Re-reading your question, you've specifically said G4, so I'd say that you can run Classic on that and perhaps the 'genius' is getting his wires crossed.

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hindsightAuthor Commented:
I've found this to be correct.  Thanks for the response.  My only other concern is that I've loaded Classic on G4's before with Panther/Jaguar running and been able to run PageMaker 7 out of classic without issue.  I've seen on some boards though that this is a problem on "newer" macs.  For some reason PageMaker will not run.  By newer I'm not sure what is being referred to, I can only assume since Classic starts appropriatley, then Tiger could be a potential problem.  Can anyone confirm that PageMaker will run correctly in Classic, on a Tiger system?  I can't see why it wouldn't, but don't want to make a $3000 investment on something I can't use.

Thanks,
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Andrew DuffyTechnical Services CoordinatorCommented:
A good question. I've successfully run Pagemaker on a G5 running Panther, but I'm afraid I don't personally have the means to test it on Tiger. Good luck finding out though.
MichelVDKCommented:
This seems to be a final from Apple http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303137
Bad luck for you :-(
hindsightAuthor Commented:
Well I'm not going to purchase an Intel system, I'm going to stick with the G4 series.  I've also successfully run PageMaker on  Panther on a G5, I just have to find someone who has tried it on Tiger.  I'd prefer not to downgrade my OS after purchasing.  I'll leave this up a few days and see if anyone has used PageMaker on Tiger.  
hindsightAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info.  I found someone who had a brand new 17" G4.  I loaded OS9.2 and PageMaker 7 on without problem, as I thought I would.  Not sure what some of these posts I had read were coming from but it worked just fine, I will be buying a system today.
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