s knowledge base, here's how to do that: 1. Open System Preferences and click on Startup Disk. 2. Choose the OS 9 System Folder. 3. Click on Show All in the upper left corner of the window. When it asks if you want to change, select Change. 4. Click on Startup Disk and repeat the procedure a second time. At this point, I could boot my new iBook into either OS 9 or OS X from the firmware by holding down the Option key. Follow a similar procedure to restore any other software that came with your machine (AppleWorks, World Book Encyclopedia and a few games came with mine). Just pop in each of the Restore CDs, go to the .images directory of that CD from the Terminal command line, copy the dmg file to the hard disk, mount it, and copy the files you need. Doing it this way, you can selectively restore any software without using the all-or-nothing restore program (which kind of defeats the whole purpose of doing this). cheers -xymos.