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Basilisk II keycodes for OS X

I have a problem with the Basilisk II keymapping.

I run it under OS X sometimes. This means have I have the usual Command and Option keys. But the Option key doesn't work under Basilisk II.

I found this page...

http://mac.linux.be/content/tuning-ubuntu-macintosh-key-mapping-and-3-mo...

...which tells me that I need to make some kind of keymap. But I don't know what the keycode for Option is or how it should be mapped in the keycodes file. I'm hoping every other key works. (I have a first generation iMac keyboard, model number M2452, that came with the Blondi Blue iMacs.)

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Hi, not sure what that Ubuntu page had to do with Basilisk II keymapping. Usually I'd be rummaging around E-Maculation looking for answers.

On the set-up BII for Mac OS X page at E-maculation, scroll down page to step: "4. Configure preferences in Keyboard/Mouse tab", your setup should look similar to this, where you select the keycodes file in the BasiliskII folder...

Failing that working out 100%; When running BII next, choose "Key Caps" from the Apple Menu and press a few keys to see whats what. Often the Command and Option keys are swapped around, so you could end up using the Command Key as the Option key. Or, the keycodes could fix that issue. DL a recent BII from E-Maculation, one containing the keycodes if you don't have it.

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A follow-up to my previous post:

I don't normally run Basilisk II on OS X. So I installed Basilisk II onto a Mac Mini running OS X Leopard... A 2009 build for 10.4 & 10.5 from Emaculation.

I found that the Option key worked OK if editing a text document, but it fails to work at all, if for example, I want to close several open windows at once (Option-click any window's close box). It does nothing at all.

I don't know why it won't work. Key Caps shows it as pressing the Option Key, so I'm at a loss here.

But it did remind me of why I run Basilisk II (build 142) on Windows - That build is most like a real 68k Mac - everything just works Wink

[Edit]: Perhaps the following has some bearing:

Source: columbia.edu:

"versions uploaded late in 2009 used a version of Basilisk II that did not recognize the Option key in all contexts, and that version has now been replaced with an older version that recognizes the Option key correctly."

So perhaps I need to try an earlier version of BII that will run on Leopard...

[Edit 2]: Good grief. It was the version of BII on OS X that I was using!

I DL'd the .dmg from the Columbia Edu linked page, above. With this one, the Option Key works correctly.

BTW, the Columbia Edu DL contains Basilisk II plus Performa 630 ROM and a 400 MB disk image file with a pre-installed Mac OS 7.5.5, ready to go. The disk image contains mostly pre-installed versions of Word Perfect (various) and a few utilities. Quite an interesting DL, actually.

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Noted.

I hadn't pointed out that if I was doing Cmd+Alt+W then it would work, but not the usual Alt+double click to navigate directories I usually do.

I guess I'll have to check the changelog for what really is the scoop with build 142. I've heard of it before because word on the street is that it will chime along with FDDs and TCP/IP better.

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The build from Columbia Edu works well in Intel Macs from Leopard and up... (maybe even Tiger (Intel))

Solid TCP/IP support in build 142 on Windows is the primary reason I prefer this over any of the JIT builds on any platform - I can use a static IP address with it and use MacTCP 2x on earlier Mac OS versions as well as Open Transport on newer Mac OS's - Note this is likely broken in 64bit Windows, I'm still on 32bit Windows here.

Chime? As in System startup bong? Yep it does that too. ROM from my old PowerBook 180 has the best sounding chime of those I've tried to date Smile

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I mostly use Basilisk II for quickly checking something, not for regular gaming.

Is there a way to get 7.1 on the b142?

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Installing SSW 7.1 on B2 build 142 is easily done. One thing you do need to keep in mind is that via the build 142 B2 GUI, you can choose to emulate pretty much any type of 68k Mac model.

With Systems 7.1 & 7.1.1, several of the Mac models running these OS's required machine family type specific System Enablers. - You couldn't boot up a Quadra 800 with a 7.1 System Disk Tools floppy disk for an LCIII, for example.

So if you want to emulate some model of Mac Quadra, your SSW 7.1 will likely need to include System Enabler 040, or install the System version of 7.1 or 7.1.1 that already includes a required enabler for the Mac model you wish to emulate.

[Edit] the 3rd DL from top of the 7.1 page here is a very easy install for you. The file to DL; "MacOS71_CD.ZIP" (28.66 MB).

This zip archive contains two .toast files. Of the two, only the enclosed "691-0088 InstallMeFirst CD.toast" is compatible as a bootable disk in B2 build 142, without modification. Once extracted, 1st, rename the .toast extension to .dsk so the B2 GUI can recognize it. Next, lock the disk image so it doesn't get written to once it boots up on B2. Then add it to the list of drives in the B2 GUI.

In B2's GUI, set it to some Quadra model, as this CD has the 040 enabler on board. Quadra 800 is a good choice. The install CD has some form of At Ease on it, but once it boots you can just click the Finder icon in At Ease to get a normal desktop if you'd prefer it before installing the OS.

You will also need to have a drive to install the OS to, which you should create beforehand. Also have a suitable 1MB ROM in place and setup, in the build 142 GUI.

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What about emulating the PowerBooks?

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No & it doesn't emulate the "AV" Macs either. Only desktop Macs are in its list of Mac models. Some 30+ Mac models from a IIci to the Quadra 950 and everything in-between.

I run B2 build 142 on a laptop, the host OS handles the book side of things, like sleep and screen dimming.