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The Mac version of CMBO ONLY worked with OS 8.x and 9.x. It is COMPLETELY INCOMPATIBLE with OS 10.x.x because it required the 3D RAVE API, which ended up not being supported under OS X and it was coded for Motorola PowerPC rather than Intel x86. Battlefront and Gog.com do NOT offer it for sale and the only way to find it would be to buy it used. Running it on a Mac would require BootCamp and an installation of Windows (using your current PC copy), but this is something you already have with a separate PC.

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There are a number of ways to run an old version of the Mac operating system on either old hardware or modern hardware in emulation

Sheepshaver http://sheepshaver.cebix.net

quemo https://www.emaculation.com/forum/

Pear PC https://www.emaculation.com/forum/

These allow running various versions of Mac OS 9 in emulation. I haven’t tested it but intend to shortly on my more modern Intel Mac Mini.

It is also possible to get old hardware to run again. I have had an old PPC Mac Mini of the final generation (1.5 ghz G4 PPC, 1gb of Ram, 64mb vram and upgraded to a SSD for storage) which can be made to boot into OS9.2.2 directly or a MDD 1.42DP (Or similar). There are great resources here: http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php?PHPSESSID=dpo01b11u5s5sv8idtiuudo4h0&


You can also acquire the disk images of CMBO etc on different sites if you can’t find the software disks for sale. I have all my old disks from twenty years ago (amazing how time flies) so I was all set. I wish the disks were still available for sale with all the updates in one place.

Oddly it was only yesterday that I got my old PPC Mac Mini back up and running and directly booting into OS9.2.2 (which it was never able to do when new).

It was really fun to get reacquainted with an old friend (CMBO)

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One other choice besides Bootcamp is Parallels Desktop. I have it on my Mac because of some of the research work I used to do and have used it for years. Older versions were Windows emulators but when Apple switched to Intel processors from the PowerPC, it runs natively on the Intel processor and uses the graphics card as well. It resides as a large file on your Mac.

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