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24bit's picture
Joined: 2010 Nov 19
Mini vMac II (about)

About Mini vMac II

As you may know, Paul C. Pratt maintains and develops Mini vMac, including his Mac II builds.
Mac II sound emulation is rather usable for some time now,
as Paul managed emulating the Mac II´s ASC. (Apple Sound Chip)

Paul offers a bunch of pre-built variations of Mini vMac 3.4.1 at the time of this writing.
His variations page is here:
This collection was removed, the developer will have his reasons...

To pick a matching build for you, follow the scheme below:
For the Mac II flavours, you want a build with "-m II" in the name.

-t imch { Macintosh OS X - Intel }
-t mach { Macintosh OS X - PowerPC }
-t mppc { Macintosh OS 9 and earlier - PowerPC }
-t m68k { Macintosh - 680x0 }
-t wx86 { Microsoft Windows - Intel }
-t wx64 { Microsoft Windows - x86-64 }
-t lx86 { Linux - Intel (32 bit) }
-t lx64 { Linux - x86-64 }
-t lppc { Linux - PowerPC }
-t larm { Linux - ARM }
-t lspr { Linux - SPARC }
-t fbsd { FreeBSD on x86-32 }
-t fb64 { FreeBSD on x86-64 }
-t obsd { OpenBSD on x86-32 }
-t ob64 { OpenBSD on x86-64 }
-t nbsd { NetBSD on x86-32 }
-t nb64 { NetBSD on x86-64 }
-t dbsd { Dragonfly BSD on x86-32 }
-t db64 { Dragonfly BSD on x86-64 }
-t oind { OpenIndiana on x86-32 }
-t oi64 { OpenIndiana on x86-64 }
-t wcar { Pocket PC - ARM }
-t minx { Minix 3.2 }
The x86-64 versions are currently slower, for lack of assembly language tweaking, and should not be used if the x86-32 versions will work.

You may also ask for a custom build of your own, if you see special needs.
Don´t forget to donate a small contribution please, if you can afford it.


WhosIt.There's picture
Joined: 2014 Aug 23

This collection was removed, the developer will have his reasons...

It does say this elsewhere on his website, which is probably the reason ...

To prevent taking too much space on my hosting provider’s computers, older custom variations will eventually be removed. So please download your variation promptly.

MikeTomTom's picture
Joined: 2009 Dec 7

the developer will have his reasons...

Paul C. Pratt's Variation Service is now Donationware.

Visit his Mini vMac "Sponsor Code for Variations" page, for full details.

To get a variation build made to your specifications now and without the word "Demo" floating around the screen, you will need to purchase a $10 or more, Sponsor Code (or build it yourself using source code).

It's not a bad deal, as a one-off $10 donation will buy you as many builds as you need within a one year period (up to 25 variations each day, every day for a year). Also, because of the GNU license, fully working builds can be redistributed to 3rd parties, gratis.

You can still download fully working Mini vMac II variations from this page for free and without a demo reminder. But they are limited to a 640x480 display and 256 colors, only.

Also noting:
-t mppc { Macintosh OS 9 and earlier - PowerPC }
-t m68k { Macintosh - 680x0 }
No longer seems to be an option for variation builds (unless building it yourself from source).

JDW's picture
Joined: 2010 Mar 3

The "His variations page is here..." link mentioned above (strikethrough) can be found on the WayBack Machine here:

Jatoba's picture
Joined: 2018 Apr 16

A pity it didn't archive so many of the downloads there.

Franky233's picture
Joined: 2019 Apr 6

Which version of Mini vMac are you looking for exactly ? The last version to be compatible with Mac OS 9 is the v3.4.1, but if you're searching for another, ask me...

MikeTomTom's picture
Joined: 2009 Dec 7

I think Paul C. Pratt's; up to 25 builds per day (a possible 9125, non-expiring custom builds) of the Mini vMac executable, for a "$10 for one year", donation, is very generous.

But it is also possible still, to create your own custom Mini vMac builds set to your own needs, for free.

Either, by downloading the current latest source code from the Mini vMac 36.04 (Stable) page.
The "Download Source Code (500K)" link on that page, gets you this.

Or, the source code for the earlier Mini vMac 3.5.8 (Old). The "Download Source Code (662K)" link in the page gets you that.

The older Mini vMac 3.5.8 source is more contemporary to the builds (no longer available) listed on the Wayback Machine. It is also the more user friendly of the two source codes. It contains a variation code builder which runs from an existing Mini vMac and exports that code containing any custom variation choices to the host PC, ready to be compiled as a new Mini vMac.

A couple of weeks ago I built a very nice Mac II, using it, - I finalized the build using XCode tools - You can use the compiler of your choosing on whatever your Mini vMac is running on (CodeWarrior on classic, etc.). A "how to" read me doc for this process, is the excellent "Build_MiniVMac.pdf" ("Manual" DL) located here at the MG. Also found on that page, the 3rd DL " (46.38 MB)", additionally contains the Mini vMac 3.5.8 builder tool in its archive. - Accompanied by a bunch of pre-installed apps, games, plus a bootable SSW 6 for Mini vMac.