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Speed Doubler install fails

I am trying to install Connectix's Speed Doubler but can't get past the "Install from Master Disk" error message.
I am running this from Basilisk II on a tablet, so "copying it all to floppy and engage the write protection" is not an option for me. Could someone who is already "speed doubled" upload a stuffit archive of the extensions/control panels involved to the Garden - please?

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Update: I read that SD is no good for native 68k systems - is that true?

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I remember it didn't work well on my Color Classic back in the day; RAM Doubler worked great though.

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I also used Ram Doubler 2 I think, along with RAM Charger (I wonder if we ever had a serial number posted for this?), which gave RD and small extra boost and some nice 'RAM-Charging' menubar widgets (if anyone wants to try it out, 3.0.1s sn might work for the newer versions: NTEA-QPCC-WAAY-ANLSB)

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I installed it a very long time ago on a 68k Mac, but I never installed it after that because the main speed benefit lies in it's enhanced 68k program emulation for PowerPC Macs compared to Mac OS 7 and 8.

And from what I distantly remember, the other minor benefits can be obtained from other utilities, one of them being other file copy speed tools, but it's been so long I can't even tell you which faster file copy utilities those used to be, lol!

I thought it may have been CopyAgent, also from Connectix, but that software's the copy feature of SD stripped of the incompatible portions for Mac OS 8.5 to 9.x, so it's not compatible with 68k Macs (although they could have easily released a 68k version to sell to pre-PPC Mac users, but there mustn't have been enough market for it, I guess).

From Connectix:

Speed Doubler 2 accelerates your Macintosh without the expense and hassle of upgrading your hardware. Installation takes just seconds and there are no adjustments to make. Get double the performance in Power Mac emulation, faster disk access on all Macs and quicker Finder functions. A Power Macintosh with Speed Doubler is usually quicker than the next faster model - a Power Mac 6100 with Speed Doubler runs faster than a stock 7100! Take your system performance to a higher level with Speed Doubler.

Doubles Power Mac Emulation Performance Speed Doubler is the essential utility for every Power Macintosh. The Speed Doubler emulator runs all your 680x0-based software at least double the speed all the time. Every non-native application (using 680x0 instructions) processes twice as fast,* including graphics applications, spreadsheets, games and more! Even if you are running native applications, a significant portion of Power Mac System software is non-native, including File Manager. Speed Doubler doubles the speed of all non-native system instructions.

Accelerates Disk Access on all Macs Get faster disk access for your Macintosh with Speed Doubler. Large files save quicker and databases sort in a snap! Speed Doubler keeps frequently used data in RAM where the processor has fast access to it. It's the quickest way to get the data you need. And the more memory you assign to Speed Doubler, the greater the disk speed benefit! The new Speed Doubler 2 provides faster access to removable media such as Zip and Jaz disks - up to 40% faster.*

Speeds Finder Functions Copy and delete files without delay. Speed Doubler's file copy and delete work in the background and are faster than the Finder, allowing you to complete other work as the process continues. Speed Doubler 2 speeds up copies over the network - up to three times faster!*

Speed Doubler 2 makes it easy for users to keep folders of information synchronized. PowerBook users who need to keep information synchronized with a desktop system or users who store files on servers will benefit from Speed Doubler 2's new synchronization feature.

* According to Connectix testing

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Added the installed Control Panel and Extension as 4th DL.
Installation from the German floppy image (Speed_Doubler_8-DE.img) was hassle free on my side in Basilisk II.
The disk image is write protected though. Smile

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The disk image was write protected on my system, too, but that didn't make a difference.

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Strange. Did you mount the disk image with DiskCopy too?
Did you already try the "naked" files?
I would not expect a speed boost for Basilisk II, but it can´t harm methinks, if you use it with your System 8.1.

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Well I say thx for the upload but once I found out that there is no benefit to installing SD on B-II I decided not to mess with it. I got sooo much much running now on my setup (Secure FTP, Samba Shares, SSH ...) and now I even found a web filter extension/CP, that can make modern day websites "readable" (sort of) for old Mac browsers. So why risk screwing it all up?

When I read Speed Doubler runs on Basilisk-II I thought it would do some good there, well - me and my thinking. Shock

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Well, the finder fixes are still beneficial; especially the bit where you can do other things while copying is going on, along with the larger buffers.

But then, it's not like copying speed is painful these days when the host is likely running nvme SSDs and can fit the entire system in RAM....

[edit] Oh yeah; what I originally came here to ask is for a list of the enhancements you added to your image. I'm curious which combination is stable enough to function on BII -- do you have Action Utilities installed, for example? Stuffit Total Integration?

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I did run Speed Doubler on my PowerPC Macs: PB1400c, PB2300c, PF3630, LC5260, PM8500, PM6400 and any G3 Macs that booted the Classic OS, and it ran fairly well for them (although SD might even run under the Classic environment).

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I have been building my system for four years now, so listing *everything* I squeezed in there would take me a day or two. Wink
Basically its the dream machine I wished I could have afforded "back in the day" and of which I wonder up till now, if it would have made a difference in my life back then. Shock

Btw: I just found out about the niftiest FTP client I *ever* came across - the FTP companion tool from eXodus II. Its so small and yet darn fast & stable - and looks good on top of all else - its scary Laughing out loud

Ah and I am creating my very own custom keyboard layout and macro shortcut library, with the aid of QuicKeys. Oh gorgeous days that lay ahead!

PS: I am sooo loaded with tools, I sometimes feel like taking over the world is not enough. Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

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How many worlds are we talking about here? Wink

A nice, compact 68k FTP client does sound really nice; tbh, it's been a minute since I needed one Smile

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Another option for file transfer that's always available is Hotline. There's Hotline-compatible server software for every modern OS (clients too), and you can run both the client and server on a 68K Mac. Much more lightweight than running FirstClass or similar.

And Timbuktu has its own built-in file transfer system as well.

Thanks to yours truly, Hotline includes resumable file transfers Laughing out loud Tinbuktu also does. Most 68k FTP clients do not, even though FTP itself supports resumable downloads/uploads.

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I love you, man!

Wait, so the good ol' 68k hotline client can be used with say, my Windows 10 server? Whoa! How cool is that? And I don't know why I haven't tried to run Timbuku; I guess I keep thinking that it's really hard to configure or something. Well, at least on Basilisk II that I run all the time, anyway.

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Timbuktu doesn't keep compatibillity across more than two version numbers (its even stated in their product info). So if you're using an old 68k client, the highest you can go on the Windoze side would be Timbuktu NT. All else just gets you a screen garbled in transmission (and I know as I tried).
Now there are nice secure FTP daemons to be had for NT and eXodus's client is so lightweight and stable, it be almost a crime not to use that. It looks and acts like a normal Finder window and you'd hardly notice the difference, if not for the delay in transmission.
But harden your system against outside attack, if you open up an FTP port. I use my own private network and limited all access, so that only known machines are allowed to talk to one another.

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So for FTP, does it behave like a shared folder on the network then? That sounds fantastic! (outside of the obvious need for the Internet-to-LAN network hardening)

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It behaves like a network folder with the only exceptions that you can't start a program from it and it won't preserve resource forks.

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So it behaves a little more like the Basilisk II Unix folder (it should really be renamed something else, like 'network' or 'host' or 'netdrive') Smile

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https://preterhuman.net/gethotlinekdx.php for the available client/server versions Smile

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This is going to be a really fun exercise! Smile

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Another that may be worth trying is CPU Doubler; it might give the OS a little extra speed bump. It never gave me any system or application conflicts that I noticed. I was never able to get the updated version.

And if you haven't tried it already, DoubleTouch makes the finder's window-shade feature a real time-saver by allowing you to doubleclick the command key to windows-shade the active window. It offers more than just that, but just that one feature makes it worth having it installed.

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CPU Doubler *does* have a positive effect, but it also makes a lot of apps run unstable and I don't want to go through all of them to exclude the ones who crash on it. Didn't try DoubleTouch until now.