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Mac OS 9 on Unsupported Hardware / Re: PowerBook6,8
« Last post by ELN on Today at 06:51:22 PM »
I strongly suggest starting to patch your own version of the boot 3 resource.

Check out the boot3 branch of, but follow the instructions in the master branch README to set file types. Then use to build:
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empw EasyBuildBoot3
The 68k source for boot 3 is in OS/StartMgr/Boot3.a, and the output in BuildResults/RISC/Rsrc/Gibbly.rsrc.

Let me know if you have any trouble!
Greetings. 35 year old Canadian here, posting from my lovingly restored iBook G3/700MHz running 9.2.2, which will soon have the RAM maxed out. I also want to put in a small SSD, more for noise reduction than speed, and I'm considering having the battery rebuilt so I can use it on the go -- right now the battery only works for about half an hour.
Mac OS 9 on Unsupported Hardware / Re: Booting Mac Os 9 on Mac Mini.
« Last post by ELN on Today at 10:42:48 AM »
Output: BuildResults/RISC/Image/RomMondo
Input: RomMondo.bin
Output: BuildResults/PowerROM
Input: rom
Output: tbxi

Who's ready to get building?
Video Cards, Monitors, & Displays / Re: Radeon 9800 Pro
« Last post by MacOS Plus on Today at 07:23:10 AM »
  I'd like to know if there's any potential for at least enabling 2D acceleration on this card by adding the device ID to the ATI ROM Extender file.  I have one of these cards that I only recently got to try out after replacing a broken component.  I don't do any gaming or other demanding video stuff in OS 9, so this card seems like a decent middleground for a 9/X dual-boot system.  Using the latest drivers, it's working fine for me in OS 9 and surprisingly quick without acceleration on.  It would be nice though if 2D acceleration could be made to work.  I know there's been some progress made recently on adding other cards to the ATI software.  I just don't know how far the 2D support can be stretched.
My problem of a conked G3 iMac using a StyleWriter II printer

I summarise the events of this problem for the possible interest of others.

I have used a StyleWriter II printer connected to a G3 iMac for some years until the iMac conked recently. I could not get another G3 iMac within a reasonable distance of me, but managed to get a 2001 G3 iBook.

I copied a StyleWriter II printer driver from a Zip disk on which I had saved a Mac OS 7.6.1 system in about 1998 (it was a back-up of my Classic II). I installed that driver into Extensions of the iBook, but the next mouse click resulted in the iBook freezing & the only ways to unfreeze it were to restart the iBook with Extensions OFF or use a CD, and then move the driver out of Extensions. This led me to surmise that maybe the driver had corrupted over time, tho that idea seemed dubious after I had tried drivers from 2 more back-up Zip disks. I looked on the web in the hope of getting a download of the driver, but tho there were quite a number of StyleWriter drivers for PC printers, I found none for the StyleWriter II printer.

I then turned to “macos 9 lives” and put a “HELP” in its Help section in the hope that someone may advise me of a website to download a driver. I was fortunate that someone replied and told me that a Color StyleWriter 1500 driver should drive a StyleWriter II printer and advised me how to get one - the fact that I failed to get one for some time was entirely my fault. Eventually, I got one by following his patient advice - from the Apple install CD that I had used to install Mac OS 9.2.2 into the iBook. However, the same thing happened as had happened with the StyleWriter II driver - putting it into Extensions caused the iBook to freeze.

I then decided that I could not possibly succeed with the project & emailed the chap from whom I had got the iBook - an Apple-trained man, who runs an Apple computer service business from his home. He was the very able technical brains at an Apple business and started his business when the Apple business that he worked at closed (his garage is packed with Apple stuff kept when the firm closed). The chap called 3 days later & brought an external floppy reader (I still had the original 4 printer driver install floppies) and a 14.2” PowerBook, as he thought it possible that my iBook had simply developed a fault (after all, it is old!). He installed the StyleWriter II printer driver (that I suspected) into the PowerBook (just as old as the iBook) & the Belkin USB serial adapter software needed and then tried to print - it did so immediately!

Telford Moore
Mac CPU Upgrades / Re: Sonnet Encore/ST G4 Duet 1.8GHz CPU Upgrade - not working
« Last post by Protools5LEGuy on February 16, 2018, 06:48:51 PM »
Can you please attach the hacked Apple CPU Plugin file?

Attachment included.  Let me know if there are any problems reading it.

I gave up with Mac OS 9 with this machine because of the missing Apple CPU plugin. Without it all my Protools rigs refused to work.

I will try next week again, now with this extension. show them only a little more powered that the 1.42 745x duals. Faster but some things are quicker on 745x


It seems that there is some thing for the PRAM needed in OS9, at least for the gigadesign model.
Mac CPU Upgrades / Re: Sonnet Encore/ST G4 Duet 1.8GHz CPU Upgrade - not working
« Last post by Protools5LEGuy on February 16, 2018, 06:31:45 PM »
I am in the asumption that the firmware were already installed in that machine. Because it works. It shouldn't without the firmware update.

Digging in I have found that i need Sonnet Cache Enabler, that is only on the Sonnet page under

It should be on but it is on the other place...

Mac CPU Upgrades / Re: Sonnet Encore/ST G4 Duet 1.8GHz CPU Upgrade - not working
« Last post by Protools5LEGuy on February 16, 2018, 06:03:32 PM »
I have one dual 1.8 744x with a copper heatsink. The fans have sonnet in a label on it.

That machine always is with the L2 cache off. The developer tools from Panther says that is a 745x ??? and report L2 cache off. I can turn it on from there, but it is a shit to have it off by default.

Where can I find the software to enable this L2 cache?

DAW - Cubase/Nuendo by Steinberg / Re: G3 and Cubase VST 5.1
« Last post by Astroman on February 16, 2018, 01:48:31 PM »
be aware that a 10 year old drive may fail anytime - it doesn't have to, but it may.
(I also use a couple of such old drives and I'm constantly amazed about them still working, but backing up is must if the drive stores more than just some fun)

I get your sentimental point well (same with me when I saved the B/W G3 from the trashcan).
But the only reasonable 'upgrade' is a Quicksilver - they go for 100 bucks or even less and have everything better and more.
Imho it was Apple's best PowerMac ever - the MDD has (a little) more horsepower, but is much less reliable and can be tough to handle when bitching.

The answer to 'why is digital audio so demanding... ?' is simple: it MUST be close to realtime and errors are really hurting. If a bit doesn't match in a video preview noone cares - in audio it's usually a terribly annoying click or worse.
Another hint in this direction: stick with single core CPUs, audio (from those days) usually HAS trouble on multicore setups. Best of luck ...
Welcome to Our Community - Guidelines, News, & Social Posts / Downloads Boards
« Last post by DieHard on February 16, 2018, 08:12:47 AM »
Remember to check all download boards for new stuff, I am on a mission to expand the download system.

Also, due to the fact that many resources have dried up on the internet, I will be making some boards (like hardware drivers) public (no membership required)
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