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Chapter 5. Back to Mac OS 9 > Restarting in Mac OS 9

5.3. Restarting in Mac OS 9

Unfortunately, Classic can get you only so far. Sure enough, it fakes out your older software fairly well—but your Mac is not actually running Mac OS 9. Anytime a piece of software tries to communicate with some physical component of your Mac, such as the SCSI, USB, FireWire, or serial ports, it will bruise its knuckles on the stainless-steel dome of Mac OS X, which is really in charge of your ports. That's why a lot of add-on equipment, including USB-to-serial adapters, certain printers, SCSI cards, scanners, and so on may not run properly in the Classic environment.

What this kind of equipment really needs, of course, is Mac OS X-specific driver software. If drivers exist (check the manufacturer's Web site), you can once again use your gear.


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