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10.4: Provide Crossover with a missing quartz-wm Apps
Crossover is a pretty decent way to run some Windows programs on an Intel Mac -- without the need to install or own Windows. It uses Wine as its backbone, and "needs" a file called quartz-wm off of your OS X install disc to make it look and feel more integrated into OS X. I put "needs" in quotes, because you -can- run it without the file, but it will look and feel rather clumsy.

So what to do when you don't have your OS X disc handy, but want the integrated feel? Quartz-wm is a window manager that Apple bundles in their distribution of X11. So the logical thing to do would be to install X11. Well, I tried downloading X11 from Apple's site, but that simply wasn't working. The 'old' version basically said it wouldn't run, and the 'new' upgrade said that I didn't need to upgrade.

Fortunately, quartz-wm can be extracted from the installer, and dropped into the Crossover application. I started by downloading the X11 Update 2006 1.1.3 from Apple. Control-click that file, and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu. Once inside, you'll want to double-click Archive.pax.gz to extract the archive onto your Desktop. Open the resulting folder on your desktop, and navigate to Archive -> usr -> X11R6 -> bin. In another Finder window, control-click on your Crossover application, and go to Show Package Contents. Navigate to Contents -> SharedSupport -> X11 -> bin.

Now, simply copy quartz-wm from the bin folder in the Archive folder to the bin folder inside Crossover. Start up Crossover, and things should look a bit better! You can then get rid of the X11 installer.
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10.4: Provide Crossover with a missing quartz-wm
Authored by: pepi on Jan 26, '07 08:08:59AM

Amazing...

Why not just pop in your original Tiger install media an install the X11 Package from there? This will provide a full and working install of X11 which can then be updated through the usual means. No need to surgically inject files that do not belong to the system release you're running.
Pepi



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10.4: Provide Crossover with a missing quartz-wm
Authored by: adrianm on Jan 26, '07 09:31:30AM

I suspect that by "when you don't have your OS X disc handy" he meant, don't have a legal copy of OS X ;-)

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10.4: Provide Crossover with a missing quartz-wm
Authored by: googoo on Jan 26, '07 12:02:17PM

That is not true. My university has a site license for Mac OS X. We do not get individual CDs for paid upgrades. (We do have all the disks that come with the computer, though.) Our Mac consultant installs them from a master disk.

-Mark



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10.4: Provide Crossover with a missing quartz-wm
Authored by: brh on Jan 26, '07 03:49:10PM

I submitted this hint.. Logic behind this wasn't 'not having a legal copy of OS X,' it was simply that when I went off to school, I didn't pack away my OS X discs. At the time, I couldn't think of any reason I would absolutely need them. If the OS got corrupted or something on my G5, I would just temporarily use my MacBook for everything, until I found the time to get home and get the disc. Granted, I could've waited this out too, but I just felt like doing something hackish instead.



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10.4: Provide Crossover with a missing quartz-wm
Authored by: huntercr on Jan 26, '07 08:00:37PM

BTW, I also encountered the problem where the "current" X11 package says you are up to date and the old one says you can't be upgraded. This happens if you click on the wrong installer for X11 on the Tiger disc. I appologize that I am doing this from memory and can't tell you what to click on instead, but if you use a different pacvkage file, it will install the right subpackages and not give you that "you're already current" error.



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10.4: Provide Crossover with a missing quartz-wm
Authored by: brh on Jan 27, '07 11:24:27PM

When I got the errors, I was working off downloads from Apple, not the OS X disc. I tried a couple of different X11 downloads, getting the various strange errors. Perhaps there was another installer online that I could've tried as well.. Had I had the OS X disc, Crossover would've tracked down the file automatically, without the need to install X11 anyway. Interesting to know that the same errors spring up from packages on the OS X disc as well though.



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10.4: Provide Crossover with a missing quartz-wm
Authored by: mikexryan on Jan 27, '07 11:05:06PM

In your instructions you say: "In another Finder window, control-click on your Crossover application, and go to Show Package Contents. Navigate to Contents -> SharedSupport -> X11 -> bin. "

Where is the Show Package Contents? All I see in my applications folder is CrossOver.app. I click it and start the application. I then run through all the dropdown menu options but I see nothing about "Show Package Contents".

Explanation please.



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10.4: Provide Crossover with a missing quartz-wm
Authored by: mikexryan on Jan 27, '07 11:24:09PM

Gees, you know what? I'm not sure I want/need the answer. I tried installing Embellish for Windows, a graphics (paint-like) program for Win95/98/2000 and CrossOver brought my entire 3Ghz 16GigRam, 1Terabyte of hard disk space to a complete freeze. Zap. Could do nothing but shut it off and back on again.

I won't try that again with CrossOver. If the CodeWeavers want people to try CrossOver they better add a mechanism that will simply announce "this Windows program cannot be used under CrossOver" and leave it at that. By taking down my whole system it took down a long list of running applications. Not appreciated.

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10.4: Provide Crossover with a missing quartz-wm
Authored by: ghay on Jan 28, '07 10:43:17AM

There is a clue in your quoted text.

"control-click" means hold down your control key and click the icon.

I wouldn't buy off codeweavers anyway, if you want wine install wine yourselves, don't pay someone else for a packaged version of an open source and free application.

And if you needs windows support, parallels is, well, unparalleled.



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10.4: Provide Crossover with a missing quartz-wm
Authored by: deejemon on Feb 01, '07 04:28:10PM

There's a good proportion of users for whom the full X11 is a total waste of time and space. There's a reason CrossOver specifically extracts that file instead of running the whole X11 installer. I would never tell one of my users to install the whole X11 system just to get one file. That's like "I just need this one font", "Well, go and install the entire Microsoft Office".

I would suggest that Pacifist might be an easier way to go for some people, rather than poking around in the installer package and the gzipped archive. Just extract quartz-wm using Pacifist and then follow the rest of the tip with regards to putting it where it's needed.



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10.4: Provide Crossover with a missing quartz-wm
Authored by: Trugamer5 on Jun 19, '08 12:01:32PM

When i try to copy quartz to the other bin folder an error message comes up saying "The item quartz-wm could not be moved because "bin" cannot be modified." anybody have any suggestions?



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10.4: Provide Crossover with a missing quartz-wm
Authored by: kupietz on Sep 24, '08 03:56:07PM

I tried CrossOver Chromium once without quartz-wm, and then installed it per the instructions and ran XOC again, and honestly can't see a difference in the look and feel. Still looks and acts like Windows.



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