ShapeShifter can act a bit strange at times and some of its features are not obvious. Please consult this FAQ list if you are having problems with ShapeShifter.
A PowerPC ShapeShifter for AmigaOS is not planned.
Try <Alt>-<N>, followed by <Space>. If that doesn't work, activate the USKEYMAP tool type and use the "`/~" key. For other keys, consult the "Keyboard" desktop accessory.
You have to hold down the left Amiga key and the right mouse button on startup. The key combination <Alt left><Amiga left> doesn't work because this combination is intercepted by the Amiga operating system as a replacement for the left mouse button.
Hold down the Alt key (or the right mouse button), choose the "Restart" menu item and keep holding the Alt key until the Macintosh screen is cleared.
ShapeShifter can only use a contiguous memory block. E.g. if you have 2MB of Chip RAM, 8MB of 32 bit Fast RAM and 4MB of 16 bit Fast RAM, the theoretically available amount of memory for ShapeShifter is 8MB (and not 14MB). The Amiga operating system will, of course, use some of these 8MB for itself.
You are probably using a 512K ROM. This ROM is not completely 68040 compatible and ShapeShifter has to turn off the data cache to make it run. If you use a 1MB ROM (e.g. from a Quadra) the speed should increase notably.
(According to Mike Carlson):
You need a suitable Mac printer driver. For Epson-compatible parallel printers you can use "Chuck's Printer Driver", for HP DeskJets/LaserJets you need "HPDJ 3.0". Simply configure the Mac printer port for the parallel port and choose it from the Mac printer driver. The serial settings don't matter but you should turn on "Hardware Handshake".
You may also use the commercial package "Power Print" that includes drivers for the most popular printers. For more info, contact:
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Due to a brain-damaged modification to the Disk Initialization Package, System 7.5/7.6 refuses to format 720K disks unless the "720K Disk Formatter" extension is present. If you give ShapeShifter the tool type "720KKLUDGE", it will format these disks with 719.5K. Apart from losing 512 bytes of disk space, it doesn't make any difference. 719.5K disks can be read on a real Mac as can 720K disks under ShapeShifter with System 7.5/7.6.
Press <Ctrl><Shift left><Alt left><Esc>. ShapeShifter should then quit itself.
In rare cases, it may happen that the Macintosh won't boot or might crash on startup. Then you should try the following:
If that doesn't help, then I don't know (i.e. bug reports are useless).
Press <Ctrl><Shift left><Alt left><Esc> (eventually hold it down). ShapeShifter should then quit itself.
If you are using CyberGraphX, consider using Picasso96 instead. Otherwise there is no real solution for this. Press <Ctrl><Tab> before switching screens and take care that no Macintosh program is drawing on the screen as long as the Workbench screen is in front to minimize the effect. If you can live with a graphics slowdown, you may also activate the gadget "Refresh always" in the graphics settings.
This is probably due to the QuickDraw acceleration. It can be turned off with the "NOQDACCEL" tool type.
Open the Monitors control panel on the Mac and switch to color.
Not from me.
PrepareEmul doesn't work with softkickers. The only solution is to patch the Kickstart file as shown in the manual.
Start PrepareEmul with the "A1200" switch.
Try the "A1200" switch even if you don't have an A1200.
See the manual for alternatives.
(According to Oliver Stein):
Find the program "Set040" by Nic Wilson and insert the following line in your "Startup-Sequence" right after PrepareEmul:
Set040 >NIL: FASTROM NOLOCAL NOZCACHE
If you remove all 16 bit Fast RAM from your system, you are able to use the original (AmigaOS) "68040.library", but then you have to use the "A1200" option of PrepareEmul.
(According to Stefan Raudonis):
The program "GVPCPUCtrl" must not be started in the Startup-Sequence. The command alone, without parameters will cause programs to crash under ShapeShifter.
To get rid of ALL problems regarding the Fusion-Forty and ShapeShifter and to be able to use ShapeShifter's MMU features, install the original (AmigaOS) "68040.library" in LIBS: and insert the following two lines at the top of your Startup-Sequence:
SetFF FASTKICK AMAXIV SetPatch NOAGA REVERSE QUIET
Or, if you are softkicking a different ROM image:
SetFF FASTKICK devs:kickstart AMAXIV SetPatch NOAGA REVERSE QUIET
You don't need "PrepareEmul" then.
Turn off the "CyberPatcher" utility.
You have to use "SSIOktaPatch". Please read the file "ReadMe" in the archive "SSOktaPatch.lha".
See the ShapeShifter manual.
AHI (Audio Hardware Interface) is a device-independent audio driver by Martin Blom. More information and AHI itself can be found here. ShapeShifter requires ahi.device version 4 or higher.
Your CPU is probably not fast enough to do the sampling. The CPU load of sampling at 22kHz equals that of a serial transmission at a sustained data rate of approx. 250000bps. As you need a fast CPU to do this with the "serial.device", you need a fast CPU to do sound sampling under ShapeShifter. "But my A500 can sample at 48kHz!" you may answer. Then name any Amiga sound sampling program that multitasks while sampling.
ShapeShifter runs on the "DraCo" computer by MacroSystem. There are only a few things to take care of:
Some properties of ShapeShifter may lead to problems on the Amiga side or may disturb concurrently running Amiga programs: