I'm trying to play Taskmaker on Mac OS 9 in Sheepshaver on OSX. Taskmaker tells me that it doesn't have enough memory to run in color. Within technical support it says that I have 512 megabytes total memory, 2295K approximate partition, 1676K available. I've tried bumping the RAM up and down, and while I have many megabytes to spare, I can't seem to get more "available" to Taskmaker.

Any suggestions welcome... is there some setting in OS9 that I need to set? I've gone to the memory control panel and tried messing with RAM Disk and Disk Cache, to no avail.

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    Taskmaker! Yes! May 4 '19 at 16:37
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  • @比尔盖子 Done, thanks
    – schx
    May 13 '19 at 14:25

Click on the application icon, select "Get info" from the "File" menu, and adjust the memory allocation in the window that pops up.

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    This is the answer. Thanks, Mark.
    – schx
    May 4 '19 at 2:52
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    @schx, if it fixed the problem for you, you can indicate it by clicking the grey checkmark underneath the answer's score.
    – Mark
    May 4 '19 at 3:03
  • Done. I wasn't able to on day 1 due to lack of cred.
    – schx
    May 6 '19 at 20:48

Many older Mac games were written to work best in 256-color (8-bit color) modes. Your system is probably set to use thousands or millions of colors (16- or 32-bit color); these modes do not improve the appearance of these games, and may make them slower or -- in Taskmaker's case -- may even prevent them from launching normally.

Change the display depth of your emulated system to 256 colors. If you're running a default install of Mac OS 9, you can do this by opening the Control Strip and clicking on the icon that looks like a TV with blue, yellow, red, and green bars on it. You can also change this in the Monitors control panel.

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