BasiliskII-31052001: description + notes

Basilisk II

A 68k Macintosh emulator

Copyright (C) 1997-2001 Christian Bauer et al.


Basilisk II is available under the terms of the GNU General Public License. See the file "COPYING" that is included in the distribution for details.


Basilisk II is an Open Source 68k Macintosh emulator. That is, it enables you to run 68k MacOS software on you computer, even if you are using a different operating system. However, you still need a copy of MacOS and a Macintosh ROM image to use Basilisk II. Some features of Basilisk II:
  - Emulates either a Mac Classic (which runs MacOS 0.x thru 7.5)
    or a Mac II series machine (which runs MacOS 7.x, 8.0 and 8.1),
    depending on the ROM being used
  - Color video display
  - CD quality sound output
  - Floppy disk driver (only 1.44MB disks supported)
  - Driver for HFS partitions and hardfiles
  - CD-ROM driver with basic audio functions
  - Easy file exchange with the host OS via a "Host Directory Tree" icon
    on the Mac desktop
  - Ethernet driver (not supported on IRIX)
  - Serial drivers
  - SCSI Manager (old-style) emulation (not supported on IRIX)
  - Emulates extended ADB keyboard and 3-button mouse
  - Uses UAE 68k emulation or (under AmigaOS and NetBSD/m68k) real 68k


The standard SGI keyboard lacks a key corresponding to the Mac "option" key ("Alt" is treated as the Mac "command" key.) BasiliskII treats the X "Meta" keysym as the "option" key, and SGI's default keymap does not appear to generate "Meta" on any key. The fix is to manually bind "Meta" to some key. For instance, to bind "Meta" to the right-hand "Alt" key, leaving the left-hand "Alt" key for "Option", use the following command:
xmodmap -e "keysym Alt_R = Meta_R Alt_R"

The serial driver is untested on IRIX.

The CD-ROM driver is only partially functional. You can read CDs, but may have to start BasiliskII with the CD in the drive. CD-audio will not work.

FPU emulation does not work on IRIX. Do not use the "68030+FPU" or "68040" emulated CPU types, or BasiliskII will produce incorrect results or even crash.

To auto-install this package, go back and click on the respective install icon.