Getting the ORIGINAL Diablo to work - Assistance appreciated

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Bikibuu, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. Bikibuu macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2008
    Greetings all, I've lurked on this forums for a while now (mostly ever since the late 8800GT video card fiasco), but I figured it'd be time to ask for some help on this.

    Diablo III's announcement, with it's lush, beautiful graphics, (Shame on you Blizzard, SHAME! You can have rainbows in WoW, but keep that beyond 256 colors garbage out of my demon grinding game!), interesting gameplay aspects, et cetera, caught my interest in the series. I admit to never having played any of the games at the time of their original release dates, but I figured it's about high time I did. I picked up a copy of the Battle Chest recently with aspirations to play through the two games.

    Anyways, I got Diablo II to work in XP (My computer's a Mac Pro, 8-Core. I can give more specs on request if they're relevant for some reason). I tried to get it to operate properly in OS X (10.5.3), but I could never succeed (I saw the posts about having to hold down the option key and switch from OpenGL to Software mode, the game always crashed before I received the options window in order to make the switch), so I basically gave up on it. I installed the original Diablo with intentions to run it in XP as well, but it simply crashes after the Blizzard logo.

    So I guess my question is, anyone have any ideas how to get the original Diablo to work? My idea was to use an emulator. I tried Sheep Shaver, and the game ran, but with unsatisfactory results (Chunky framerate, choppy sound, laggy). I'm not aware of any other emulators that operate in OS X that emulate a PowerPC processor, and I'm unfamiliar with the process of configuring an emulator to run an early Pentium computer.

    Any help, or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. Bikibuu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2008
    I just realized how wordy this is in comparison to most posts on this forums.



    Old Diablo won't work Waaah help please.
  3. imassents macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2008
    If you have a multiple monitor setup, disable them. I remember my brothers PC crashing here as well.

    I was under the impression that Sheep Shaver would run it acceptably. Although I've never player Diablo on it, I have fiddled a little with it. Were you using the Universal Binary build? Also, it should run emulating 680X0 architecture (system 7 as well) if you want to experiment with that.

    Make sure you allocate a fair bit a RAM (64MB should do) and set the framerate to at least 60.
  4. Bikibuu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2008
    That would probably explain that. I do indeed have multiple monitors. I'll give that a shot next time I boot into Windows, thanks.

    I was using the Universal Binary of it (least I think I am, so it says on the download link. Version 2.3.2). I tried Basilisk II, but it (correctly) emulated that the game wouldn't run on anything below a PowerPC processor. I was using some version of System 9, I'll have to see if I can find a copy of System 7.6 somewhere and see if that solves things.

    I'll update if anything resolves this conundrum.

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