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Wish I were... v2.0

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Wish-I-Were-v2.sit (25.26 KB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
Emulation
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

The "Wish I were..." control panel provides a method for a system to identify its hardware as another hardware type, via the Gestalt "mach" selector.

The reason for creating this control panel was to assist individuals who install clock chippers, especially to Power Macs. Some applications (for example MachTen) use the response from the Gestalt "mach" selector to determine a Macintosh's hardware type, and thus perform run-time configuration. Clock chipped machines may respond with a value that does not correspond to an existing machine (for example, a clock chipped PowerMac 6100 response as a 6100/80), and some applications may be confused.

This utility can be used to force Gestalt to respond with an acceptable value, and thus the application will function correctly.

Excerpt: Enclosed "ReadMe" documentation

Wish I were... v2.0 Control Panel and Extension in 800k Disk Copy 6 floppy disk image compressed as StuffIt 3.6 ".sit" archive.

Mount the 800k floppy disk image named "Wish-I-Were-v2.img" using Disk Copy 6 or via emulator's GUI etc, and copy the Wish I were... Control Panel and Extension onto the closed icon of the System Folder. Click OK when requested. Double-click the Control Panel and choose a Mac model and reboot.

What it does: Wish I were... changes the Gestalt ID of a Macintosh to another of your choosing. This can be useful in situations for example, where you want to install certain software that may not have an installer that will allow an installation to go ahead because it detects an incorrect Macintosh model. Wish I were... fools that installer into thinking the Macintosh you are running is the correct model and the installation proceeds. An installer can be any Macintosh installation software, including System Software installers.

See Also: Mac Identifier v2.2

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k

68k encoded. Runs fine on both 68k and PPC Macintosh.

For Mac OS's 7.0, to at least 8.1
(not tested by myself in Mac OS's later than this).

Requires any Macintosh 68k or PPC (emulator or otherwise), capable of running the above Mac OS's.