Post by William R. Walsh
As per the subject line, I'm wondering if the CRT-based iMacs happen to
"know" somehow what color they are. I've done some 9.2.2 installs on several
models of different colors/patterns and each time the Mac OS ends up
displaying a wallpaper image that matches the machine when setup has
Now I guess I've answered my own question...but if the iMacs *do* know their
own color, where is this information stored?
I'd appreciate any answer, thoughts or constructive comments on how to
better spend my time! :-)
that's a fun, refreshing question... the installer at least in OS9
certainly looks up what machine it is before the install begins. It used
to be called the gestalt id, but I think it's just machine model, or
model id now days... apple has always had 3 digits in the serial number
that contains the configuration and other "coded" data... the old world
rom'd machines had other stuff stored in rom to make that model
"unique", thus those crazy enablers from days long gone...
it's entirely possible someone took the time to make a "blue dalmation"
match a "blue dalmation" desktop pattern... that's when apple / steve
was very focused on iMacs... not unlike the ipods of today...
so I guess to answer your question... look at the "serial number"... all
blue dalmations will have: RTY in them (for example)
XB for singapore, built in 1999, 33rd week, RTY (blue dalmation, 6GB
Drive, 128MB, etc) then the actual "serial" 90T.
The serial is burned into each machine somewhere... so my "guess" is it
looks there... if indeed it actually is doing what you describe... apple
does some anal things so it's entirely possible...
by the way... in the mac world... it's "desktop"... windows...
"wallpaper"... ms had some... legal issues... :)