MAC OS System 8.0 on Basilisk

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UPDATE: For a list of interesting old Mac applications which you can play with using Mini vMac, Basilisk and SheepShaver, refer to my latest article.

This guide shows you how to run MAC OS 8 on the Basilisk emulator. This is the last version of Mac OS X that can be run on this emulator. The emulator emulates a 68k Macintosh, while later versions Mac OS requires a PowerPC.

It is recommended that Windows XP SP2 or older is used. Certain part of Basilisk is not compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7.

First download Basilisk from here .

1. Configure CD-ROM driver: copy CDENABLE.vxd or CDENABLE.sys (depending on Windows version) from the CD-ROM drivers to c:windowssystem32. A re-boot may be needed.

2. Installation of network card (recommended if you want Networking such as Internet)

– Log in with administrator rights. After installation, user rights suffice.

– Open Network and Dial-up Connections in Control Panel.

– Click Local Area Connection (or the active connection to the Internet)

– Click the File menu, and then click Properties, or click the Properties button.

– In the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box, click Install.

– Select “Protocol”, and then click “Add”

– Click “Have disk”.

– Browse to the folder where you unzipped files “B2Win2k.inf” and the Windows 2000 version of the “B2ETHER.SYS” driver. Click OK.

– Select “Basilisk II Ethernet driver” from the list and click OK.

– Close the dialog. Wait until the binding analysis is complete,

– Reboot the computer (recommended).

– After reboot, select the desired network card in the Basilisk GUI ethernet page.

3. Start BasiliskIIGUI.exe and perform the configuration as per the screenshot

Tab Memory – load a compatible ROM. Some ROMs (both Old World and New World) can be downloaded here. You can use the QUADRA650.ROM

Tab Disk: Load the empty hard disk image into the Installed Disk panel. The disk should be created previously using HFVExplorer.

Depending on the type of the installation CD image, you may be able to mount it directly in the Disk tab or you have to mount it via a separate tool such as DAEMON tools and configure it in the CD tab.

If the installation media is on CD, configure it to boot from the emulated CD-ROM. Else choose “boot from first bootable media”

4. Now double-click BasiliskII.exe to start the emulated Mac. By default it will start in full-screen. You can also configure a custom screen resolution in the Screen tab. Press Alt-Enter to switch between full-screen and windowed mode. Double click on Mac OS Install icon to start the installation.

5. Follow the on screen instruction and continue installing. When completed, shut down the Mac, open Basilisk configuration panel again and remove the emulated CD-ROM. Configure the Mac to boot from the first bootable volume and you’ll be able to boot up Mac OS 8

Basilisk can only run up to System 8. To run up to System 9.0.4, you’ll need SheepShaver. Detailed instructions are available here.

On a side note, System 9.1 is available as free update for System 9.0.4 users. However, it cannot be installed on the Mac emulated by SheepShaver. If you attempt to do so, the installation will continue flawlessly but the system won’t be able to boot after a restart. The error message says “Incompatible processor”. In fact, System 9.0.4 is the last version of classic Mac OS that can be emulated on a PC. The newer PearPC emulator can only support OS X onwards.

Also, if SheepShaver is running but not having focus (e.g. you run SheepShaver in the background while using other applications), very often the mouse cursor would move to the top left of the screen. There is no known fix for this.

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