for those of you who dont know, flightgear (www.flightgear.org) is an open source, FREEware flight simulator. they have builds for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and (had) for Mac OS 9. unfortunantly, for mac OS 9, the development stopped at 0.7.6. they are now up to 0.9.9 on the other platforms. you know me, Mr. too cheap to go buy a copy of tiger and is all OS 9, and need help with every little thing. I realized they did have an OS 9 version, but it wasnt on thier website, but they did mention it.
this is where the magical archive.org comes in. using thier indexing power, I found the OS 9 0.7.6 binary file sitting in a folder on a page circa 2001.
i downloaded the 13mb file, and then ran the installer in the binary archive (read: stuffit).
after the installer ran, I located the flightgear folder in the main directory of my HDD. I opened it, and ran the flightgear app. it popped open a window, loaded a graphic, and then some wierd menu (in the window), and a counter of some sort in the lower right hand corner, displaying 0.0.
this is how it sat for 10 minutes or so. I couldnt use command-tab to swithc programmes. it acted like it was frozen, but my itunes music kept playing. so, I hit command-option-escape, and was glad to be presented with the force quit dialog (why am I glad? because this has been a mixed bag for me latly, not working and the like, but that's going to be saved for another topic.)
so, I forced quit the bastard. then, thinking it was because I had 10 other programs opened, I closed them all, and restarted again. it STILL sat there. force quit gain. so, I delete the folder, installer, and binary archive, go back to archive.org, and re-download the file. re ran the installer, and the program, and the damn thing did it AGAIN!!
so, this is where I am at. And before you say "have you tried asking the folks at flightgear.org?" the answer is yes. however, thier answer is they cant help me unless I am running the latest and greatest version. I cant do that, because they didnt build 0.9.9 for OS 9. so, I am at a dead end.
help me out here, please?