How can you get SimCity Classic to run on Mac OSX?

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  1. mobius86 macrumors newbie

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    I have an Intel Mac and I discovered in a pile of old games SimCity Classic. I put it in and it gives me a predictable error:

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    Is there a way I can get the Classic environment to run on my MBP? It's an old 1992 game, and i've searched the internet for about 3 hours now and I can't find any sound suggestions.

    Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. lostless macrumors 6502

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    No, Aint gonna happen. Leopard killed classic support, and intel macs could never run os9 or classic. You could try to install sheepshaver, which is a PPC emulator that runs older mac oseses, But you need to find a Macintosh Firmware file (cant say where to find one) and a copy of Mac OS9.1 or below. Also i dont think sheepsaver supports sound.
    You could get DOSBoX (A dos emulator for osx) , which is free, and download the dos version, which i found free on a buch of old DOS game websites. Ive used dosbox to run many DOS games and it runs very well. Good luck.
     
  3. neonblue2 macrumors 6502a

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    SimCity Classic went open source last year.

    Here's an older version I compiled a while ago. Link
     
  4. Beric macrumors 68020

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    I was running it just 1 day ago via Sheepshaver. Full sound, graphics and music. Emulating OS 9 via Sheepshaver is pretty CPU intensive (meaning LOTS of heat) for my Macbook, though, so I've got the undervolting Coolbook program (lowers temps up to 20 F with same performance), the Fancontrol program for regulating fan speed, with my laptop on my desk next to me, elevated, and a small fan (constantly running) pushing all the hot air out of underneath it. Because I'm using an external monitor, I find that not having my laptop screen on also reduces heat. I get temps of about 145-150 F with all of that.
     
  5. mobius86 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I downloaded Sheep Shaver and have found a few tutorial sites to set it up, but I can't seem to find a bootable version of Mac OS 9 that works. All the Mac OS 9 files I have tried to boot, it keeps saying "Cannot Read CD-Rom" or something like that.

    So how exactly do you install Mac OS 9 on Sheep Shaver?

    I think i'm doing something wrong but every tutorial i've read seems to say the same thing or follow similar steps, so I don't know how to get the Mac OS 9 disc I do have to read.

    And many thanks to those who have responded, I appreciate the information!
     
  6. Beric macrumors 68020

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    What disk do you have? I just used an old iBook G3 OS 9 restore disk, and "restored" my computer that didn't originally exist. Works great. :p Took about 6 hours or so to finally get everything working, but I'm glad I did.
     
  7. mobius86 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, this is really starting to frustrate me. I downloaded SheepShaver 2.3, created a 512MB Hardfile, Inserted a Mac OS 9 Install disc (it's a copy of an OS 9 Disc, but should work), then I click "Start" on the SheepShaver interface and it gives me this error:

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    And this is the screen I have before I hit the "Start" button:
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    Somtimes I switch the "Any" option to CD-ROM and/or Select the "Disable CD-ROM" box. I also have no idea what goes in the Unix Root box, besides the Rom files that I would try to load, but i'm not sure if that's right or not.

    I know the Mac OS 9 disc isn't a Rom file, but when it gives me that error, I have no idea what "Rom" I do need. I've tried downloading the ibookg4 rom and that didn't seem to work, among a couple of others. No thread or FAQ has helped me figure this out, so I figured i'd try here.

    Can anyone tell me what i'm doing wrong or what i'm missing?

    All I want is just the OS 9 running so I can open "Classic" applications and games. Thanks!
     
  8. Beric macrumors 68020

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    I'd give you the list of links I used, but my Macbook's HD is currently being replaced. Maybe I can help you later today.
     
  9. mobius86 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hah! okay, so I figured it out. I had to download a 4MB PCI PowerMac Rom (which was a pain to locate, anyone needs help finding it, let me know and i'll be glad to help), select that, THEN insert the Mac OS 9 disc. At first the install disc kept giving me an error on how the CD/Files were locked, so I re-burned a copy and it started to boot fine. I launched the install and it worked perfectly after that.

    Now does anyone know if the CD drive will also mount in the OS 9 interface? I have tried a few old game CDs and doesn't seem to recognize, is there something I need to do for that? I might be able to figure it out, so i'll update if that's the case.

    Thanks again!
     
  10. Beric macrumors 68020

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    Certain CD games (i.e. Sim City 3000) will not run under Sheepshaver. Other CD games (such as Sim Farm) will run.
     
  11. mobius86 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Now that I actually got SheepShaver up and going, the only things that are functioning in an odd manner is the CD drive, and i'm not getting any sound.

    So besides CD reading and no sound, it also crashes just after about 5 minutes into running it. I know that running it on OS 10.5.6 may be a little buggy, but I didn't think to this extent.

    Once again, any ideas or suggestions?
     
  12. BayouBengal macrumors regular

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    DosBox is awesome, works great. I'm running SimCity in it.

    I just need to find SimTower.
     
  13. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I have a variable amount of resources available on my website for SheepShaver. You can find SimTower at MacUnderdogs (google it).
     
  14. savvos macrumors regular

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