Mathematica 2.2 and 3.0 working!

Started by spitfire, September 29, 2021, 07:33:27 PM

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Hello everyone,

For ages I've been trying to get Mathematica 2.2 again like I had on my old Turbostation.
Wolfram absolutely refuse to issue license numbers for anyone. and my understanding was that they changed the serial generation seed with each version.

However in a fit of thickheaded stupidity I decided to try the oldest key generator I had - for V4.0.
Well, it works on both V2.2 and V3.0
NB: Mathematica 3.0 is available on NeXT and Intel (I think also sparand HP I can't remember. Will anyone try that?) V2.2 is NeXT only. So you have choices where you run it.

Below is proof. (it was of an earlier attempt so has an error message, but yours won't.)

I'm not sure of the etiquette of uploading key generators to this forum so I'll leave off the original file for now. I will leave instructions.

Use the mathematica 4.0-4.1 keygen V1.2 by hard-wisdom.

Select European style license and enter your mathid and license number. If you don't have a license number there should be an example mathpass file with a license number you can use.

I selected license style 1.

Hit generate.

Use the password it generates and alter your license string as it displays below the password
(EG: Change L2093-8764 to L0000-8764).

That's it!

Rob Blessin Black Hole

Hello NeXT Community: This is excellent news , I was able to get pemission to do this from Theodore Gray back in the 90's, nice fellow , he cofounded Wolfram and won a Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2002

Letter from Wolfram hobbiest Mathematica licenses....

Thank you Spitfire !

Best regards Rob Bllessin
Rob Blessin President computerpowwow ebay  [email protected]
303-741-9998 Serving the NeXT Community  since 2/9/93


Since Rob has permission, and spitfire has a keygen, can the necessary bits be shared with the community for download somewhere?


If Rob says it's okay I'll post the key generator here.

So Rob, is it okay to do this?



Well I haven't heard a "NO" from Rob. So here it is.

Beware, I haven't virus scanned this. So run it in a VM without network. I ran it on a Windows 2000 VM.


Virustotal gets a hit on one of the 59 engines it uses to scan files, but not sure how accurate that engine is.


Thanks spitfire. I actually have a legit copy, with the original license and install media, that I got from a University, but the the hostname changed and there's a printed e-mail trail of Wolfram trying to fix it for them. Ultimately, it partially works but throws a warning every time you run a calculation. Hopefully this solves it (20 years or so later!)


Quote from: spitfire on October 01, 2021, 12:48:45 PMWell I haven't heard a "NO" from Rob. So here it is.

Beware, I haven't virus scanned this. So run it in a VM without network. I ran it on a Windows 2000 VM.

I think it's reasonable because there are people here that have legit actual licenses and cannot use the software they paid for otherwise.

Rob Blessin Black Hole

Hello NeXT Community : Absolutely Yes on the keygen, I don't know how I missed this as we have permission for Mathemmatica hobbiest license use for NeXT 68K hardware all version up until 3.0.2.  It is an App from the roots of NeXT and Wolfram ; Mathematica 1.0 originally came bundled with NeXTSTEP 1.0 on the very earliest cubes :)

 Theodore Gray <[email protected]>
Sent: Jan 31, 2011 1:15 PM

Considering how special these licenses are I don't think we would have any problem with registering one internationally.  If the registration system gives him any trouble let me know.

We are, like everyone, thinking about what to do with the iPhone.


On Jul 9, 2008, at 2:33 AM, [email protected] wrote:

> Hello Theodore Gray:
> I thought I would follow up with you and thank you once more has it > has been a few years for giving us at Black Hole, Inc.  permission > to distribute the last version 3.0.2 of Mathematica for original > NeXT computers.
> I still have a some of the 50 licenses that you personally assigned > me (thank you) and am just letting you know that we will be > registering a few copies to collectors of the good old NeXT > computers with in the next few weeks!
> One of the customers drive died and he has several important > mathematica / write now documents that he needs to recover > information from !
> I also have a request from a customer in Germany as he is interested > in a copy for his NeXT as well for fun and am wondering if you would > give approval to this customer to register a copy of Mathematica as > he is an international customer , I thought I should check and make > sure this would be Ok.
> I feel that these customers will procure other new products directly > from Wolfram in the future as a result of helping them with their > NeXT's , I always include the brochures that you sent and know that > this has led to a few sales from Wolfram directly.  I am just trying > to make sure assigning these NeXT computer licenses is still OK as > it has been a few years.
> Also are you all going to have any products for the Iphone?
> Look forward to continuing to support Wolfram and your excellent > products in the future!
> Best regards Rob Blessin President , Black Hole, Inc 303-741-9998

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Rob Blessin President computerpowwow ebay  [email protected]
303-741-9998 Serving the NeXT Community  since 2/9/93


Rob. Do you (Or anyone else) have a copy of 3.0.2? I've only been able to find 3.0.1, and of course 1.0/2.0/2.2.

I'm currently using 3.0.1 on a regular basis.


Sorry to resurrect this old thread, but can someone here explain to me how to find the correct MathID? I have 2.1 running fine under Previous 2.5 but can't get 3.0 to license correctly using the app from upthread.

I also can't get a copy of the 3.0.2 iso to unstuff correctly on Windows but that's a different game :)

Thank you for your help.


I have 3.0 licensed using spitfires guide.  I seem to recall some lack of clarity around this as well, but I don't recall or I didn't make notes about it. If you want to to share what you see (PM?), I can compare it to the screensave I made at the time.  Perhaps that will be revealing.

Is there a copy 3.0.1 posted somewhere?



Macintosh Repository has the 3.0.1 iso but it's a sit file that I'm fighting with. I'm hoping basilisk ii can deal with it.


Sometimes for a quick unstuffing or whatever, I've had success using or Saves having to install an emulator locally. See sticky notes on the desktop for info on how to get files in and out.