Install Mac OS 9 Using SheepShaver
Alex walks you through this on YouTube.
Get the Files
- Download and install SheepShaver in a directory called “SheepShaver”.
- Download and unzip “New World PPC ROM“
- Download “Apple Mac OS 9.0.4 (ISO)” version 9.0 (and not 9.1 or 9.2)
- Download “gtk2-runtime-2.24.10-2012-10-10-ash.exe” – you will need these.
- SheepShaver comes with MAC OS 9 ROMs that don’t work. You can delete those.
- Copy the newworld86.rom to the SheepShaver directory.
- Rename the newworld86.rom to “Mac OS ROM” with no extension.
- Use 7zip to unzip the Apple Mac OS 188.8.131.52z file. It creates a Apple Mac OS 9.0.4.ISO file.
- Copy the Apple MacOS 9.0.4.ISO file to the SheepShaver directory.
- Make the Apple MacOS 9.0.4.ISO file read only: Right mouse click > Properties > Read Only. The Mac checks to see if the ISO is read only and errors if it is not.
- If you try to run SheepShaverGUI.exe without the GTK Runtime files, it will error with “The program can’t start because libgtk-win32-2.0-0.dll is missing…” So install these files by running gtk2-runtime-2.24.10-2012-10-10-ash.exe.
Open SheepShaverGUI.exe. Once you set everything up, you can run SheepShaver.exe directly.
On the Volumes Tab
- Select your actual CD ROM drive.
- Check the Enable “My Computer” icon. This allows you to access your Windows PC files from within the emulated OS.
- Create a Virtual Hard Drive.
- Click Create.
- Set the Size to 500 minimum or 1000 (1GB) for more storage. This creates a disk file of that size in the SheepShaver directory. You can name it whatever you want, such as “Mac OS 9.hfv”, and add the extension HFV.
- Add the Mac OS 9 CD.
- Click Add.
- Select the Apple MacOS 9.0.4.ISO file.
On the Graphics/Sound Tab
- Video Type: Window
- Refresh Rate: Dynamic
- Width: 1024
- Height: 768
On the Memory/Misc Tab
- MacOS RAM Size (MB): 512
- ROM File: leave blank.
- Check Ignore Illegal Memory Accesses
SheepShaver throws a CD error: “The CD-ROM driver file ‘C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\cdenable.sys’ is missing”. You can ignore this – just click OK. If you copy the file to from the “\SheepSaver\CD-ROM drivers\cdenable.sys” and put it in “C:\Windows\SysWOW64\drivers\” the error goes away. Maybe you have to reboot after putting it there.
OS 9 should run now.
Within OS 9
A popup asks “This disk is unreadable by this Computer…”
- Give the disk a Name (Mac OS 9), leave the Format to Mac OS Standard 1,000 MB, and click Initialize
- It says it will erase the disk, which is fine – click Continue.
- The desktop displays.
Now you need to install the OS onto the hard drive.
- Click Mac OS 9 Install (on the ISO image)
- The installer starts.
- Click Continue.
- Destination Disk: Mac OS 9 (as it was named above)
- Click Select.
- Continue. Continue. Agree.
- Click Start.
- Mac OS 9 will install to the hard drive.
- Click Quit to leave the installer.
- Click Special > Restart. It will boot from the hard drive.
- Run through the Introduction
- Set your region, name, time, etc. Simple finder: No. Skip the network. If it freezes, just hard shut it and restart.
- Special > Shutdown
Open the SheepShaverGUI.exe again.
Select the Apple MacOS 9.0.4.ISO file, and click Remove. We don’t need the install disk anymore.
Now you have a Mac OS 9 computer. You can now run it from SheepShaver.exe.
Now that you have it running, you will inevitably want to browse the Internet. Download and install Classilla.
- Open SheepShaverGUI.exe, click the Network Tab, select Basilisk II Slirp.
- Click Start.
- Go to Apple > Control Panel > TCP/IP
- Connect via: Ethernet
- Configure: Manually
- IP Address: 10.0.2.5
- Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
- Router address: 10.0.2.2
- Name server addr: 10.0.2.3
Note that these are the actual values. Don’t try putting your own router or IP addresses in.