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Thej's picture
Joined: 2019 Mar 6
Best ROM for SheepShaver??

I'm finding Sheepshaver to be quite crash-happy (as we all can relate) but I'm thinking it might be partly related to the ROM I'm using.

What ROM will get the best results for SheepShaver?



MikeTomTom's picture
Joined: 2009 Dec 7

"Best" I couldn't comment on, as I find SheepShaver to be a crash-happy Mac emulator no matter which ROM is used, tho' some are definitely better than others.

My preference is for the "Old World" Power Mac 7200 & 7500 & 8500 & 9500 v1.ROM (has checksum 96CD923D) and the sole reason I prefer Old World to new is that I often run several Mac OS's predating 8.5

This ROM can be located on install CD's for those Macs or included in with the Macintosh ROM archive.

Thej's picture
Joined: 2019 Mar 6

Thanks for the info ! It did not solve the crash I was experiencing but at least I know I have the most likely to work ROM setup now Smile


24bit's picture
Joined: 2010 Nov 19

I do prefer the 4MB OldWorldROM too.
- Sheepshaver may from another volume via the Sartvolume Control Panel.
- The emulator with OldWorldROM may boot from disk images made with the NewWorldROM too.
(The other way round its not possible - given my memory is correct.)

As for crashes or a "hanging" OS, I feel that the emulator is no worse than real Apple hardware was.
I have to admit that we had a really awful PowerMac crashing several times a day and that I did not throw a heavy workload onto SheepShaver recently. Smile

On a side note, Qemu PPC running MacOS 9.2.2 looks very reliable and runs many apps that did make SheepShaver crash. There even is a rudimentary Altivec support meanwhile.