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Mathematica 2.0.3 on PowerPC?

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  • Subject: [mg14309] Mathematica 2.0.3 on PowerPC?
  • From: dalem at (Dale Medendorp)
  • Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 01:21:24 -0400
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This is a copy of a thread from comp.sys.mac.scitech.  Can anyone here
help me? The basic problem is that I want to run my old version of
Mathematica (2.0.3 Extended) on a StarMax 4000/160 running MacOS 8.0. 
Can it be done?

Dale Medendorp

Copy from comp.sys.mac.scitech:

Mathematica 2.0.3 Extended doesn't offer the option of non-FPU

I'll send this thread over to the mathematica newsgroup.  My initial
thinking was that this was as much a Mac question as Mathematica.

Thanks for the help!


In article <gwinn-0710982348040001 at>,
gwinn at (Joe Gwinn) wrote:

> I do know that Mathematica 2.2.2 does work on my PPC, although I have since
> migrated to Mathematica 3.0.1.  One trick is to reinstall Mathematica for a no-FPU 68K
> box; the installer allows this choice.   SoftFPU isn't necessary for this
> to work.
> It may also be that Mathematica 2.0.3 is too old to run on PPCs. It was
> pretty buggy, if I recall.
> There is a Mathematica newsgroup to which you could post the question:
> "comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica".   I have had very good luck getting
> questions answered there.
> Joe Gwinn
> In article <cntt01-071098131726 at>,
> cntt01 at (Dale Medendorp) wrote:
> > I have an earlier version of Mathematica (2.0.3 Extended) that I haven't
> > used in awhile, but now have a use for again.  My problem is that I have
> > changed to a PowerPC Mac since last using Mathematica and this version of
> > Mathematica requires an FPU.
> > 
> > I downloaded SoftwareFPU in the hope this would solve the problem.  While
> > Mathematica now starts up, it still won't run.  I get the error message "Internal
> > error: FreeExpr called on dead expr.".  Can anybody help me with this?
> > 
> > BTW, I've tried it on a Power Mac 8100/80AV running MacOS 7.5.5, and on a
> > StarMax 4000/160 running MacOS 8.0.  Both have the same problem.

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