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BeOS Preview Release 230105

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (279.38 MB)
MD5: 0d14bcfb5988f6f69e3998013a820009
For System 7.0 - 7.6
Guides on emulating older applications

This CD is of a BeOS preview release from 1997. Same 230105 CD as the MacWorld Release - but without the dual HFS partition (containing only the MacWorld press releases for the Expo). Perhaps more "user friendly" WRT burning a copy from this DL - and actually installing it onto a compatible Macintosh.

See Also: BeOS MacWorld Preview Release | BeOS Preview Release 2

Architecture: PPC

Compatible only with certain 603/604 PowerPC machines.

If you have heard of, or knew of BeOS beforehand (and can actually use this Preview Release), cool. Otherwise, this 279 MB DL, will be of little use.

That is, it cannot run in an emulator (or an incompatible Mac) - it must Be a compatible PPC Macintosh...


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by MikeTomTom - 2012, February 12 - 12:08pm

@Smartcom5: neat desktop screenshot. Thanks!

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 4 - 3:53pm

@Vitoarc: I don't know about whether MacTracker does what, WRT does it have Nubus or is compatible with BeOS. AFAIK the 8200 and most Performa models with the exception of the Performa 4400, 6360 & 6400 series, were not compatible with the BeOS preview release or later.

I've often relied on, Especially for info regrading Classic Mac hardware to: The Apple Spec database
Either choose the "Apple_Spec_8-98.smi.bin" DL if you have FileMaker Pro 3 or newer, or DL the file "Apple_Spec_app.smi.bin" for a standalone FM Pro "player" version of the same. Either choice, you get immediate info on Classic Macs with this database, without futzing about with web pages that may or may not deliver you to the correct info (this DB is Apple official) and fast.

The Apple Specs DB doesn't mention a "Performa" 8200 but does list a Power Macintosh 8200/100 and 8200/120 respectively. Both have a 601 CPU but both have PCI slots not Nubus, which does not concur with TyCom Systems' "Power Macintosh 8200 [2] Support for NuBus-based systems will not be available." - I think they have erred here, as the 8200 is PCI not Nubus. It should read "[3] Support for PowerPC 601-based designs will not be available." Which would be more plausable.

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by Vitoarc - 2010, October 4 - 2:30pm

Hmmm, I'm just noting something interesting/peculiar here. On Mactracker version 5.2.1, it only lists the PPC 6100, 7100, 8100 as NuBus. Therefore it leaves out the 8200 and the Performa models mentioned in the link

Can anyone confirm that "Macktracker" is indeed errant regarding these expansion ports?

Download Macktracker here:

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 4 - 2:24pm

@by nmz502:

awwww. Bummer. It won't run on my old beige g3 Sad .

I can confirm this - have been there and done that - No it will not Sad
One Mac I owned at the time that could boot into the Be partition and install this BeOS Preview was a Performa 6360, but most Macs with 603 and 604 CPUs of that period could... Any G3 CPU or newer? Nup.

Don't waste your bandwidth if you don't need to.

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by iig - 2010, October 4 - 1:47pm

awwww. Bummer. It won't run on my old beige g3 Sad .