Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.4)

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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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OK, this was another thing I neglected to change when I converted the Mac OS 9 app from single-user to multi-user-capable. I've got it fixed but want to test it some more. Will post here when it's ready.
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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This should now be fixed. Ever since I complicated this system by making it work for multiple users and by switching to a sparsebundle format for the main disk, everything got extremely complicated. If there are still problems, then you can download the old single-user version which works reliably, but doesn't use a sparsebundle and works only a single-user system when run from the Applications folder.
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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emendelson wrote:This should now be fixed. Ever since I complicated this system by making it work for multiple users and by switching to a sparsebundle format for the main disk, everything got extremely complicated. If there are still problems, then you can download the old single-user version which works reliably, but doesn't use a sparsebundle and works only a single-user system when run from the Applications folder.
Thanks for your work on this. It does import successfully now.

Now that SheepShaver supports it, is there a way to specify that CD images import as a virtual CD-ROM, rather than as a hard disk?
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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almeath wrote:Now that SheepShaver supports it, is there a way to specify that CD images import as a virtual CD-ROM, rather than as a hard disk?
Just to clarify: what has changed is not SheepShaver, but the AppleScript in my Mac OS 9 app that launches SheepShaver.

And you're right that it should be possible to mount an image as a CD-ROM. That is now supported in the current version.

Anyone who finds this AppleScript application useful in their work, or who is glad to have it, is welcome to visit:

http://wpdos.org/voluntary.html
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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emendelson wrote:And you're right that it should be possible to mount an image as a CD-ROM. That is now supported in the current version.
I tried dragging different images onto the app and it works well. For some reason, several of the CD images still displayed as hard drive icons on the desktop, but it seems they are still recognized as CDs by MacOS.

I know I keep throwing requests at you .. but could there be an ability to import multiple CD images to be mounted simultaneously? There are some multiple CD games (i.e. Riven) where it would be useful to mount all the images at once. This can be done within the standard SheepShaver preferences file, so I am hoping it could be incorporated into your script? When I try dragging a second image onto the app, it says it will remove the original image and replace it with the new one as the second disk.
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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almeath wrote:I know I keep throwing requests at you .. but could there be an ability to import multiple CD images to be mounted simultaneously? There are some multiple CD games (i.e. Riven) where it would be useful to mount all the images at once. This can be done within the standard SheepShaver preferences file, so I am hoping it could be incorporated into your script? When I try dragging a second image onto the app, it says it will remove the original image and replace it with the new one as the second disk.
Very interesting idea. I hadn't thought of it because I don't actually use this system. Yes, I can easily do that, and I've already got it working in a no-frills way. I've added a voluntary-contribution ink to my download page for this system, and if any substantial contributions come in, I'll put in the time needed to make it work smoothly.
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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I've updated this to include kanjitalk755's recent improvements. Linear scaling and nearest-integer scaling are turned on by default.
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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I've now completely reworked the SheepShaver Wrapper app so that that it uses the SheepShaver Preferences pane in the normal way.

When you launch the SheepShaver Wrapper for the first time, it sets the Unix folder as your Documents folder, but it will remember any change you make to the Unix folder in the Preferences pane. If you enter a non-existent folder in the Preferences pane, it will automatically set the Unix folder as your Documents folder.
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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Is anyone experiencing problems with the wrapper in the latest version of Mojave (10.14.5)?

It was working perfectly for me up to 10.14.4, but following the update, I am getting a black screen and beach ball when I run it. I have to force quit because it does not respond at all.

I also tried dropping the latest SheepShaver build (4 May 2019) into the wrapper, and it does the same thing. So it does not appear to be an issue with the latest build of SheepShaver in 10.14.5.
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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No problem here under Mojave 10.14.5. Possibly something's wrong with the disk image on which you installed the classic OS? That's just a guess.
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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emendelson wrote:No problem here under Mojave 10.14.5. Possibly something's wrong with the disk image on which you installed the classic OS? That's just a guess.
Thanks. I will do some more testing with fresh disk images. The two things that confuse me are that the existing wrappers worked normally before the update (nothing was moved or copied) and SheepShaver 2.5 VMs (using the same disk images) are still working fine for me.
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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After some more testing, the problem is now manifesting itself with the SheepShaver 2.5 application. I will raise the issue in the main forum.
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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I've now updated the SheepShaver Wrapper so that (1) it runs smoothly under Catalina and (2) it includes a 4GB blank disk image on which to install OS 8 or 9. The 4GB image is in sparsebundle format, so it only occupies about 26MB until you install something to it. There's a second 4GB image in the same folder, and, if you need extra space you can add that from the Preferences Pane.
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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hi -
I had SheepShaver working on Mac OS10.14 - recently updated to Catalina OS10.15

When I tried to open SheepShaver Mac "Security & Privacy" > "Privacy" > "Input Monitoring" system preferences opened asking me to 'tick' the SheepShaver.app to "Allow the apps below to monitor input from your keyboard even while using other apps." - I 'ticked' but SheepShaver wouldn't open, just a white rectangle on the monitor with spinning beachball icon and in the Force Quit Applications window it said "not responding" so I force quitted after a while.

Updated the SheepShaver wrapper from this site - version 2.5 October 2019 - and replaced the original in my Applications folder with this one. When I open the app I get a "Before you run this application under macOS 10.15 Catalina or later" notice - I click 'continue' but then get a warning "The variable posixToMe is not defined. The variable PosixToMe is not defnined. (-2753)" - I get a choice to "Edit" or "OK" - "Edit" opens Script Editor - "OK" closes the dialog -

should I change any details with Script Editor?

to be honest I'm quite lost! - hope someone can help -
thanks - bedwyr
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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That "PosixToMe" error is my mistake; I know how to fix it, and will post an update within the next few hours. Apologies for the inconvenience.
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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Fixed now (at least I hope it's fixed).
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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hi emendelson -
yes, I can confirm it's fixed! - all went well, got the "Update Apple Hard Disk Drivers" hang during installation but got around that -
many thanks for all your work -
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Re: Standalone SheepShaver for OS X (add ROM and OS 8.5-9.0.

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This system now uses the 25 July 2020 revision of SheepShaver by kanjitalk755. Also, the AppleScript wrapper has been updated so that it will run smoothly on Macs that have an updated operating system later this year.
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