Not OT: Classic apps and the Intel Mac
pdp11 at saccade.com
Thu Jan 12 12:47:36 CST 2006
>I still use a number of 68K apps I picked up for a song because they do the
>job, they're fast, and they were cheap. I'm not giving that up so easily.
I've had great luck with BasiliskII running on Windows. Even funky older
68K programs work (like my own "Wallpaper for the Mind", that compiles code
and jumps to it on the fly).
I found BasiliskII a few years ago when I wanted to set up a time-lapse
photography station, and use an old Mac as a camera controller. I didn't
want to drag the Mac back and forth to work to test the software, so I
developed it under BasiliskII running on a Windows laptop.
I just set up (and ran!) an appropriate vintage copy of Code Warrior under
BasiliskII and tested the camera controller with it, including the serial
port access. Later I found I could access my old Mac files by popping a
SlimSCSI card into my laptop, and using BasiliskII to access my old Mac
SCSI drives (including a Jaz). Need to get something off an old Mac
CD-ROM? No problem! It's like having 1992 in a window.
What's really funny is how much -faster- the old System 7.5 stuff runs
under this emulator on modern 1Ghz hardware. Mac OS boots in a second or
so; amazing to watch after all that time a dozen years ago waiting 30-40
seconds on the original Macs.
Although it requires a separate "disk" file (unlike Classic on Mac OS,
which shares the filesystem), I've found it to be a more complete 68K mac
emulator than running "Classic" on Mac OS X.
- Basilisk II homepage: http://basilisk.cebix.net/
- Windows port: (download) http://www.oldos.org/howtos/mac68kemu.php
- Windows w/JIT compiler: http://www.gibix.net/projects/basilisk2/
- Nice documetation (shareware): http://os-emulation.net/basiliskii.html
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