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Durandall's picture
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FPS in sheepshaver

Anyone else have problems playing FPS games with a mouse in sheepshaver? I've never found a way around this. Mouse movement in sheepshaver makes no sense. It's kind of like a joystick or something in marathon.

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If it's anything like Basillisk, or any emulation software, even just screen emulation like Apple Remote Desktop, the app spends its whole time telling the emulated system where the mouse is on the emulated screen. The emulated system then positions the mouse there and sends the info back to the emulating app. It can only do this so many times per second. 15-20 is about a limit, maybe 30 on a Mac Pro, 60 would be ideal. A real Mac doesn't have this problem, the mouse is hardware driven, which is why you have a mouse before 90% of the OS loads, on OS9 and before it was before any of the OS loads.

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Yeah, I'd say it's almost impossible to get a FPS to work for me. Well, it technically RUNS, but it's not what one would call... Playable. If you're trying to play an OS9 game, you might try Mac OS X 10.4, since that is the last version to support Classic software, I believe (please correct me if I'm wrong). Although, if you're like me and a PC user, this won't help you, unless you illegally install a hackintosh... Which I thoroughly say to "just buy a Mac and do it that way!". Emulation is great except for FPS-s I find.

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Yeah, best way to fix it is to buy a £10 eMac and gorego the emulation altogether.

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I second that notion, if you want to play pre OS 10 games, then try and get your hands on a G4 that can load OS 9.2 natively. All emulation is at the end of the day emulation and is also unstable due to different hardware configurations.

I have tried Classic mode on OS 10 and it sucks, I couldn't even run Pathways into Darkness smoothly, it would be very jerky periodically. Also I have tried SheepShaver on my PC that I am talking to you right now on and to be honest, it is still not fast enough to process everything quickly. I am running a core2 duo 3.0Ghz with a blazing fast vid card, 2GB of ram (more than enough) and still sheepshaver is insufficiently jerky.

Get an older mac!

I3loodTeeth

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I have a G3, just hate lugging the heavy thing out and finding space for it. lol

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Yeah, I keep my old G4s under my desk. Sometimes they just get in the way, but it's a lot better than when they used to live in the cupboard and I'd have to edge them out to get a quick game of something.

iBook G3s (and G4s) are just a few pennies more than an eMac now, especially the early ones. Sure you'll have to live with a G3 processor (zzzzz!!) and a laughably small disk (ie. 6GB), but it'll do the job.