Mac OS X

updated 2001-12-29
MacC&C works on Mac OS X, Apple's UNIX based operating system for Macintosh computers.Thanks to my friend BigPulsar I can tell you some details about MacC&C running on Mac OS X.

MacC&C - a classic application

BigPulsar runs MacC&C on an Apple iBook. We made a clean install from the standard CDs coming with the iBook. We connected a Logitech optical mouse (featuring several buttons and a scroll wheel) to one of the USB ports and it worked without any extra software or drivers to be installed immediately under Mac OS X 10.0.

We found that Mac OS X 10.0 didn't recognize the MacC&C CDs. I expect that to change with version 10.1. (That's right, Mac OS X 10.1 recognizes the MacC&C CDs as we found out meanwhile.) So we bootet the iBook in Mac OS 9.1 and installed MacC&C. We used Apple's free DiskCopy utility program to make a disc image of the NOD CD of MacC&C. Then we bootet in Mac OS X 10.0 and mounted that disc image with a double click. Now Mac OS X recognized the image as the original CD and we were able to run both WChat for Mac and MacC&C.

Mac OS X can use several formats for hard discs. MacC&C dislikes everything except the old HFS file system as decscribed here. If you boot from a disc that isn't in HFS format then MacC&C and WChat cannot start each other. You have to start both applications manually. Or start WChat and if it asks you where MacC&C is located, show it in the file selection dialog. As soon as both programs are running, they see themselves.

MacC&C is a so-called "classic" application meaning that Mac OS X 10.0 boots internally Mac OS 9.1 as soon as you begin using any "classic" program. But it's smart: You don't have a difference in handling newer and classic applications in Mac OS X 10.0. The only visible difference is that classic programs show their original menu bar and newer programs show the OS X menu bar if they're running in front. Everything else is the same, even classic applications appear in the dock.

MacC&C works best when you let the dock auto-hide itself. I guess in 10.1 you don't need to auto-hide the dock anymore.

BigPulsar claimed that MacC&C runs faster on OS X than on 9.1. Well, at least it runs at the same speed, what was a big surprise for me looking at the fact that here OS X internally runs the older 9.1 and in there MacC&C. It was so fast, that we had to put the speed down in the game. It looked great.

Mac OS X and DSL - a perfect match

We had to try an internet match of course now. Using the built-in modem of the iBook it run very fast.

I was curious if we could get the iBook working on my DSL. You connect the DSL box with your computer by Ethernet using the PPPoE protocol (Point to Point Protocol on Ethernet). We had my old Mac running beside his iBook and pulled the Ethernet cable out of my computer and connected it to his iBook. Then we switched from the built-in-modem-option to the PPPoE network option, filled in my DSL name and password and it worked. On Mac OS X 10.0 you don't need to install any driver or any software to use a DSL connection: The UNIX-based OS X features it already. In contrast to that I had to install DSL-software on my old Mac OS 9.1 to connect with DSL.

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