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Radius Rocket Software

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Radius_Rocket_Archive.sea_.Hqx (29.25 MB)
MD5: cd965dc9f554dc2abbc4c0f065a0e7a4
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
RadiusWare.sit_.bin (2.58 MB)
MD5: 46d32d0077ef4b01c8ac895a446be373
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
RocketShare.sit_.bin (14.96 MB)
MD5: 3c3554965b8ff3951d07832867110135
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
RocketWare.sit_.bin (1.89 MB)
MD5: 7d338c1cd37a5a8bf06a4b94b1654397
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (3.33 MB)
MD5: c3155107ec8d2e47e67c106118f146b8
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
RadiusRocket1.2Beta.sit (127.98 KB)
MD5: e264d88c6342bbd687656343adaccc24
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
Guides on emulating older applications

The software for a Radius Rocket.

RocketWare is for running the Rocket in accelerator mode. Version 1.3.2 and 1.5 included.
RocketShare is for running the Rocket in a hardware VM mode. A Stage II Rocket cannot run RocketWare. There is 1.0, 1.1 and 1.3.1 provided.

Also included: PhotoBooster disk, ColorComposer, RadiusWare and PhotoShop Updater.

CompactPro self-extracting archive with BinHex 4.0 protection.

MD5: cd965dc9f554dc2abbc4c0f065a0e7a4

Now there is RocketWare 1.3.2 at another website ( but the disks were modified in a fashion that makes the Installer reject the disk. This is because the creation dates of the files were modified to some time back in the 1940s. The Installer will reject any file that does not match a particular creation date. This can be overcome in ResEdit. The disk images supplied here will work without issues. Tested on a Radius Rocket 33 on a Macintosh IIci.

It is not possible to run both RocketWare and RocketShare at the same time, at least with just one Rocket. Instead, RocketWare must be turned off before RocketShare can be used, or just not installed.

Update Dec 6 2014: Uploaded RocketShare, RocketWare and RadiusWare in separate archives with MacBinary encoding. Stuffit Deluxe 4.0 compressed. Each has the same Disinfectant log and download content text file. MD5:

MD5 (RadiusWare.sit.bin) = 46d32d0077ef4b01c8ac895a446be373
MD5 (RocketShare.sit.bin) = 3c3554965b8ff3951d07832867110135
MD5 (RocketWare.sit.bin) = 7d338c1cd37a5a8bf06a4b94b1654397

Update June 20 2018: In case that serial number for RocketShare is too hard to read, it is: SRS3404665919

Photos above are: Radius Rocket 33 w/8MB RAM, Digital Signal Processor (DSP) daughter card, and diskettes. Rocket 33 under System 6, showing Control Panel with Rocket config panel. Rocket 33 under System 7.0.1 in hardware VM mode.

Tip: For best performance, use a discrete graphics card when using a Rocket, not the internal graphics. Use at least 16MB of RAM on both the host machine and the Rocket itself for room to spare. Have a hard drive of at least 80MB, but ideally much more space to allow for the Rocket's partition.

Update August 1 2020: Added a 1.2 Beta version, dated July 1991 [RadiusRocket1.2Beta.sit]. This is a pre-release for System 7 users, and contains both a CDEV (Rocket) and a Chooser ADEV (Rocket LocalTalk).

Architecture: 68k PPC

System 6.0.7, 6.0.8 (RocketWare 1.3.2), Mac OS 7.0.1 to 7.1 otherwise. Mac OS 7.5 is not recommended, if it is used then only RocketShare will be compatible. A Rocket will run on certain PPC Macs like the Power Macintosh 8100 but only with RocketShare. Warning: Composite SIMMs will NOT work with RocketWare 1.3.2 under System 6. Composite SIMMs have two or three chips on the module rather than the usual 8 or 9.


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by themacmeister - 2014, October 19 - 8:34am

Nice post!