WP in SheepShaver in Windows
- Hi, Everyone.
I had long wanted a satellite install of WP3.5ep on the PC's at the
medical center where I work several days each week, rather than have to
lug in my MacBook Pro, or PowerBook 1400, if I have that kind of work.
ClarisWorks (Mac) 4 would work in SSWin, but WP would not even start up
completely, UNTIL NOW.
WP *works well* in the latest Windows build available on the eMaculation
site. Keystrokes on the DOS/Win keyboard mostly work the way we would
expect based on position, not label: alt works as our command key, the
windows key usually does what option should, and control is of course
If anyone else is interested in such an install, I will be happy to add
more details of how I installed SS, then OS 8.6, then WP and some other
Thomas J. Rostafinski, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
1140 Lake Street, Suite 508
Oak Park, IL 60301-1053
fax (708) 848-1436
- Yes, please. Thank you.
--- In email@example.com, "Thomas J. Rostafinski, Ph.D." <TJRostaf@...>
> If anyone else is interested in such an install, I will be happy to add
> more details of how I installed SS, then OS 8.6, then WP and some other
- Ed and Everyone, my successful WP install in SSWin is on a PC running
Win2000 that is part of a large network.
Most of the needed files are obtainable from links near the bottom of
including SSWin itself, and GTK+2 Runtime:
It might be possible to start with the new SSWin build, here:
which includes a newer SDL.dll version, 1.2.10. I used the old build to
install, then used the new SSWin with the already existing installation.
Emaculation recommends doind as I did, however, and NOT starting with
the new build. More info is at the emaculation site:
Then the following download explains very clearly how to install SSWin,
I pretty much followed all the directions in this help file:
Since I had a working SS install already (with OS 8.6, WP, ClarisWorks
4, and a few other things) on my MBP, I decided to transfer it pretty
much intact to SSWin, thus. First making certain that SS was not
running, I opened the SS disk (which has the .dmg file extension) in
OSX, selected all in the window, and copied it all (via drag and drop)
into the main Toast window, for burning onto a hybrid (Mac/PC) data
CD-RW (CD-R would work too, of course). Once burned, this CD contains
the System Folder and all other files and folders that my original SS
After the new SSWin build is unzipped, a Mac OS ROM file needs to be
added to the SS folder, and additional files need to be installed,
including cdenable.sys and gtk-win32. All this is detailed in the
above-mentioned help file.
Then, the Mac OS install CD should be inserted into the PC's drive, then
SheepShaver GUI run. I used SheepShaver GUI to create a 500 MB disk I
named Mac_OS, did the rest of the GUI configuration as described in the
help file (not a very different process from the configuration in ISX;
make sure you enable CD's and make sure you enable My Computer), booted
SS with the OS 8.6 install CD already in the PC's drive, installed 8.6
onto the newly created disk, hen quit SS (same shutdown procedure as on
Mac OSX, using the Shut Down command in the Special menu).
Then I removed the OS CD and replaced it with the CD-RW I had burned. I
reopened SS GUI to create another new disk, this one 1G in size, named
(with my usual startling originality) gigdisk. I set SS up in the GUI
to boot from Mac_OS (by listing it first in the main window) but also to
open gigdisk (by listing it second). I started SS, and after Mac_OS
completed its boot process there was a dialog box asking whether to
initialize gigdisk. I clicked OK, and once gigdisk had been
initialized, both virtual disks and the CD-RW appeared mounted on the OS
from there it was simple. I opened the CD-RW, selected all the files in
the window, and copied them (by dragging and dropping) onto gigdisk. I
then dismounted the CD-RW (though that may not have been a necessary
step) and again shut down SS. I removed the CD-RW from the drive. I
reopened the GUi and switched the positions of the disks, gigdisk on top
to make it the boot disk now, since it has a System Folder and
everything (you can use the mouse to move items around in the GUI list).
When I restarted SS, gigdisk booted and gave me the familiar Mac
environment and features.
The old SSWin build worked to this point, but WP did not. At this point
I would shut down, and restart using the new SSWin build. WP works on
my install of this new build, as does ClarisWorks.
I find it interesting that the alt key on a Win keyboard takes over the
functions of our command ("apple") key, probably because it is the key
immediately to the left of the space bar. The Windows key acts like our
option key, and control is control. What is strange, though, is that by
default, the arrow keys and Home and End type numbers instead of
navigating the cursor -- as if you were typing on the numeric keypad.
In WP it is enough to disable NumLock (by entering shift-escape) to make
the arrow keys etc. work normally. I have not been able to defeat this
in the Finder or in other apps, though. Shutting off NumLock on the Win
keyboard itself does not work.
Transferring files into and out of SSWin is a little different.
When I open the My Computer icon on the Mac desktop, I get a Mac Finder
window with 3 folders labeled with Windows drive names: C, D, and E.
These are, respectively, the PC's HD, the CD drive, and any removable
disk. I have been using a (1G or 2G) DOS-formatted thumb drive for
transferring files to and from the hospital PC's , and these drives are
easily accessed by SS by opening the folder icon labeled E. I just drag
and drop files, or folders, between the E drive folder window and Finder
folders in the Mac OS. I can save files or folders to the C drive as
well, but there is too much stuff on the C drive for navigating deep
into the folder in SS without long delays.
I have been using DropStuff (for which I still have a paid registration
from years ago) right in SS to make .sit files of anything I want to
transfer. Without something like DropStuff, files lose their metadata
when passing through non-Mac file systems. I'm told zipping works
nearly as well. Even old versions of Stuffit Expander will open zipped
as well as stuffed files.
Of course, if I want to use something on the PC that I have been working
on in WP, I save the WP file onto the C drive as RTF or a Word 6 file,
and can then use it in WordWin. Another thing I have not tried but
would probably work is using Adobe_PS or the LaserWriter driver to make
a .ps file, then saving that to the thumb drive to convert to PDF and/or
print on my Mac later. If Windows has any way of converting PostScript
files into anything else, though, I have not found it.
Since there is no equivalent in Windows for opening the SS disk in OSX
and running Disk Utility on it, I keep the Mac_OS around to boot from it
if I need to run Disk First Aid (which will not repair the current
startup disk) on gigdisk.
Hope this helps. I plan to put the NumLock question to the emaculation
forum, since it seems that many of them have worked with SSWin as well
as SS for OSX.
I'm getting work done without always having to carry a Mac laptop with
me. It's also a trip to be running my favorite Mac programs on a PC.
> Re: WP in SheepShaver in Windows
> Posted by: "Edward Mendelson" em315@... em315
> Date: Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:12 pm ((PDT))
> Yes, please. Thank you.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Thomas J. Rostafinski, Ph.D." <TJRostaf@...>
>> > If anyone else is interested in such an install, I will be happy to add
>> > more details of how I installed SS, then OS 8.6, then WP and some other
>> > things.