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    Amanda's Avatar
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    White Macbook 1GB RAM 80 GB Combo Drive
    'Classic' mode
    When I try to play older games, like Dyno Tycoon, it tells me that it can't play them because 'classic mode is no longer available' or something like that. Is this because the new machines are Intel based and is there anyway to get around it?

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    Sep 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, New York
    15" MacBook Pro, i7 2.66Ghz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD; iPad 3, iPhone 5
    It's partly down to the Intel chips, although most PPC functions can be emulated using Rosetta, but it's more down to Leopard no longer supporting OS Classic.

    There are ways around it, although I am not sure how legitimate some of them are. One I know is pretty ok is something called Sheepshaver, which emulates a PPC runtime environment. You can install OS 7 - OS 9 assuming you have the disks, and run your applications from within them.

    More information here

    In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is stoned to death.
    - Joan D. Vinge

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    Jan 27, 2007
    17 inch 2 GHz C2D imac (5,1) with 3GB DDR2 RAM, X1600 (128MB memory) GPU - OSX 10.6.3
    I second sheepshaver. But it is a real mongrel to get working properly. If you need an OS 9 machine I'd suggest getting an old G3 or whatever you can afford. That's run it all rather nicely.

    I have gotten sheepshaver to work, not perfectly mind you, but it ran.

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