Can virtualization be used for Mac OS 9?

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  1. princealfie macrumors 68030

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    Is it possible to use various virtualization/emulator programs for running Mac OS 9 on my computer?

    For example, will Mac OS 9 on a Macbook work with Parallels or vmware?

    Also

    for my Powerbook, will Virtual PC or Qemu work to run Mac OS 9 on my desktop?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    You can't run Parallels and VMware inside of Mac OS 9, nor can you run Mac OS 9 inside of Parallels. However, you can use other emulation programs to run Mac OS 9 on a MacBook, if need be, and these programs should coexist nicely with Parallels/VMware. I don't know if VMware supports Mac OS 9 - even if it did, it would have to emulate a PowerPC processor to run it on your computer.
     
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  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Parallels and Q are both designed to virtualize access to the x86 architecture so that x86 OSes can work on top. Of course, Mac OS 9 cannot work, because it is not an x86 operating system.

    Try SheepSaver. It's supposed to work on Intel Macs also.

    EDIT: Quite right re: robbie... sorry for being careless in my response also.
     
  5. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You should not write virtualization/emulation. This implies they are different names for the same thing. They are totally different.

    Virtualization presents a virtual machine that is of the same architecture and roughly speaking capabilities as the host. So Parallels and VMWare running on an Intel Mac present x86 virtual machines.

    Emulation presents a virtual machine that is of a different architecture to the host machine. So Virtual PC running on a PPC Mac presents an x86 virtual machine.

    OS9 only runs on PPC Macs (not even all PPC computers). To OS9 running on an Intel Mac you will need something that acurately emulates a supported PPC Mac. This is clearly not virtualization so neither Parallels or VMWare will work.
     
  6. princealfie thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I looked at Sheepsaver and it looks like I will have to compile the code... Hmm, looks way too complicated.
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    It's available pre-compiled...take a look at this:

    http://www.atpm.com/12.09/classic.shtml
     
  8. princealfie thread starter macrumors 68030

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    True but I can't seem to figure out what to do with a .bz2 file? Does it needs to be unzipped to execute?
     
  9. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Just double-click it - a little app called BOMArchiveHelper should decompress it for you. If it doesn't, do a Get Info on the .bz2 file and select BOMArchiveHelper as the default application. If it's not in the list, go locate it (it's in /System/Services, I believe).
     
  10. princealfie thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks I got it unzipped but I can't find a .exe file to install on Windows :(
     
  11. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    It's not for Windows, it's for your Mac.
     
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  13. ivnj macrumors 65816

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    I just figured out sheep shaver. There's nothing to compile.

    Thanks,
    ivnj
     
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  15. ivnj macrumors 65816

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    A little slow, not to bad. The only problem is it crashes every time I open scrapbook and try to flip through it.

    Otherwise it's OK.

    Thanks,
    ivnj
     

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