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#1 2014-05-20 00:07:15

JeffStilwell
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Diablo 2 OS 9 iMac G3 vs OS X G4 vs OS X imac core duo

Found my copy of Diablo 2 yesterday and decided to try it on my macs for old times as my PC with Win7 won't run it. It installed and kind of ran on my 400mhz imac G3 but not well enough so I tried my core duo imac running 10.6. Installed but wouldn't boot. Tried the G4 tower running 10.4 and it works perfectly. Im guessing the G3 imac just wasn't beefy enough but could the problem on the core duo imac possibly have been a Carbon issue? The older G4 with older version of X and its 32mb video card didn't give me any problems.

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#2 2014-05-20 00:25:50

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Re: Diablo 2 OS 9 iMac G3 vs OS X G4 vs OS X imac core duo

Goto Battle.net and make an account, put your D2 serial number in and download the game from there if you want to run it on the imac with 10.6.  They had to make an updated app with carbonlib. Works on 10.4-6 on intel but not later due to rosetta being removed.


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#3 2014-05-21 00:44:13

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Re: Diablo 2 OS 9 iMac G3 vs OS X G4 vs OS X imac core duo

thanks for that tip! I will give that a try. When I tried to install off the disk it asked me to first install rosetta which I admittedly know nothing about. Given the word, I'd assume it has something to do with translating program code from one 'language' into something readable by a different system.

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#4 2014-05-21 01:27:36

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Re: Diablo 2 OS 9 iMac G3 vs OS X G4 vs OS X imac core duo

Rosetta is Apple's built in translator for running PowerPC applications on Intel Macs. If I recall correctly, it's a fairly simple install either from the OS X install disc or possibly as a downloaded package from Apple's servers.


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#5 2014-05-21 20:39:02

JeffStilwell
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Re: Diablo 2 OS 9 iMac G3 vs OS X G4 vs OS X imac core duo

It must have been a download from their servers as it did not ask me to insert any OS X install disk. I will have to try downloading the game from battle.net though, as suggested. Not having dealt with Rosetta before, is there anything I would need to do at the time of installation or otherwise, or once installed, do programs automatically boot and run as if native?

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#6 2014-05-21 21:12:06

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Re: Diablo 2 OS 9 iMac G3 vs OS X G4 vs OS X imac core duo

I seem to recall that its also on the OS X 10.6 install DVD. Once its installed, Cocoa and Carbon apps (those which ran natively under OS X PPC) run as if they were native, but just a tad slower. Sadly Rosetta doesn't support Classic apps at all.

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