Laptop went from Mac OS X to OS 9. It tells me I need the OS X disc
Can't pinpoint how it happened but my system regeressed
Can you try booting while holding down the Option key? Do you get a choice of OS9 or OSX?
Failing that, try booting while holding down the X key. This is supposed to start up in OSX. Been so long, I don't remember if it works just with Boot Camp or also with OS9, but it's worth a try.
Can you describe the "remote install OS X window"?
While you're running in OS9, can you open the Control Panels/Startup Disk window and choose your OSX installation there? If the "remote install" window is actually the Netboot window, this should fix that.