May 16, '06 08:00:00AM • Contributed by: sp1nner
Do you use an Intel-based Mac but still have a few essential Classic (pre-OS X) Mac applications you want to run? Recent universal compiles allow you to use SheepShaver (SS) or Basilisk II (B2) to run Classic software in emulation on Intel Macs under Mac OS X directly -- or under Windows via dual-boot or Parallels virtualization. B2 emulates an old 68K Macintosh, while SS emulates a PowerPC Mac.What you need:
- An old Mac OS (up to OS 8.1 for B2, or OS 7.5.2 through 9.0.4 for SS). You can get OS 7.5.3 for free from Apple. E-Maculation has a downloadable OS 7.5.3 starter disk already prepared (4.3MB download ).
- A Mac ROM. For B2, you must extract a ROM file from an old 68K Mac that you own. Use CopyROM or ROM-grabber for the extraction. For SheepShaver, use the Mac OS ROM Update 1.0. provided by Apple. None of the other Apple-distributed software-based New World ROMs, nor the Old World ROMs I've extracted from my own Macs have worked. However, to use this ROM, I think you'll need at least System 8.5 (I couldn't get it to run on OS 8.1; maybe older systems don't support New World ROMs?). Extract the ROM from the updater with TomeView. These extractors are themselves Classic apps, so you'll need access to a Mac capable of running Classic or older to get the ROMs.
- To run SS or B2 under Windows, you'll also need: (a) the Win32 Runtime Library of Simple DirectMedia Layer and (b) the Gtk+ Win32 Runtime Library. Just extract the contents of the downloaded files into the same directory as the SS and B2 .exe files.
- I'm running MacOS X 10.4.6 on a MacBook Pro 2.16 GHz w/ 2G RAM. Basilisk runs for me using either System 7.5.3 or 8.1, but won't launch some of the software I want to run. So, I use SheepShaver running OS 9.04. But, that is not without difficulties. Using SS 2.3, build 0.20060121.1-OSX.i386, under OS X, I have to start up OS 9 with extensions off (hold down the shift key when launching SS), or else I get some sort of display problem after the OS 9 boot sequence.
The display problem doesn't occur when running the Windows version of SS (under either Parallels Workstation or dual booting via Apple's Boot Camp). So, ironically, I run SS in Windows (XP Home Eddition, Service Pack 2) in order to use my Classic Macintosh applications (Photoshop 4 and Matlab 5, because I'm cheap and they are still perfectly
[robg adds: The ROM downloads linked in this hint are all provided by Apple, they are not pirated versions. I have not tested this one. If you are going to do so, I recommend a good backup first, just in case.]
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