Can't Get Flightgear to Work.

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Can't Get Flightgear to Work.

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?

thanks. -digital Wink

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Easy!

1: Go to http://www.ubuntu.com and download an installation disk. If your OS 9-only Macintosh is a B&W or better get a PPC version. Otherwise find a free PC with a DRI supported 3D graphics card. Anything made by ATI from Rage128 up will do.

2: Install Ubuntu. Then set your package sources to download from "universe" and apt-get flightgear.

3: Step 3? There is no step three.

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I have Ubuntu stitting on som

I have Ubuntu stitting on some CD-Rs and on the professionally pressed disks from Ireland that took 2 months to get here. I KNOW you can run it on ubuntu. that is not the point. let me clarify:

I WANT TO GET THIS RUNNING UNDER OS 9. NOT UNDER UBUNTU. I KNOW IT IS SUPPOSED TO WORK, BUT IT ISNT.

thank you. -digital Wink

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Re: I have Ubuntu stitting on som

I WANT TO GET THIS RUNNING UNDER OS 9. NOT UNDER UBUNTU. I KNOW IT IS SUPPOSED TO WORK, BUT IT ISNT.

Ooooh. ALL CAPS! YAY! ;^)

From your description do you know for a fact that the OpenGL drivers for your video card are working? Can you run games like Quake successfully?

Other then that, well, good luck.

--Peace

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im downloading if now and go

im downloading if now and going to give it a try in OS 9.2.2. yea i used the web arcive in the year 2001 to download it a hare over 13.0mb big
here is the link to the arcive.

link to the site to download the 13mb installer

i will post back my results i should be able to tun it my spec's are in my sig

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Just to note...

Out of curiosity I downloaded this myself, and took it for a spin on my Titanium. On startup it draws an instrument panel and seems to be doing "something" (the gauges move slightly, but not apparently based on command inputs), but it doesn't render any scenery.

(This is under both "Classic" and directly booted into OS 9. The only difference between the two is under Classic I can usually quit the program sanely, while I had to force-quit it under raw OS 9 both times I tried it, as after several minutes of poking the program seemed to ground to a halt and ignore keyboard and mouse input.)

As I said, good luck. It's *very* possible that the person who put this out had this running on a small collection of boxes with very specific hardware, and gave up on it when he discovered how many problems it had on everything else.

--Peace

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i seen scenery but i know no

i seen scenery but i know no controls to use the thing by. i liked the space sim i downloaded from the xplane site. that is a hard one to play with

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