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Basilisk II 68K Mac Emulator on the Raspberry Pi

Basilisk II, a 68K Mac emulator running on the Raspberry Pi. Everyone asks if the Pi can do this or that. The only trick here was building from source (it's not in the Raspbian repos) which was easy:

# apt-get install git libsdl1.2-dev
# git clone
# cd macemu/BasiliskII/src/Unix
# ./configure --enable-sdl-video --enable-sdl-audio --disable-vosf --disable-jit-compiler
# make install

There is no 68000 JIT for ARM CPUs yet so it's not lightning-fast but is eminently usable. As ever, it runs faster on the console (as shown here) without the bloat of Xorg. 8-bit color mode crashed but all the other modes including 16-bit color works fine. Audio lags by around or perhaps a little more than 500ms.

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Comment by Jorma Honkanen on July 3, 2013 at 11:45am

Tried this on my Pi with Debian Wheezy (updated). Installs fine so far i can tell, but it will not start as it wont find/load the ROM file.

Comment by Derek on July 3, 2013 at 8:54pm

You might need to read this Setting Up Basilisk II on Linux guide. :) You need to supply your own ROMs, and you need to edit the appropriate lines in ~/.basilisk_ii_prefs to point to the ROM file.

Comment by Jorma Honkanen on July 4, 2013 at 9:17am

I did and i had my own ROM files, but could not find the _prefs file at all. I thought it would do if they were in the same folder. Oh well, need to continue the project...

Comment by Derek on July 4, 2013 at 10:15am

Dotfiles (filenames beginning with .) are invisible by default in some graphical environments including Mac OS X. If you bring up an LXTerminal or xterm and run

nano ~/.basilisk_ii_prefs

... you should have a relatively easy-to-use editor in front of you with your config file at the ready.

You might also be able to use a GUI text editor to do this by specifying the full path to the file in the open dialog box. Specify /home/pi/.basilisk_ii_prefs as the filename and see what happens. :)

Comment by Jorma Honkanen on July 5, 2013 at 1:11pm

Right... of cos :D It just didn't get that far that night. Thanks Derek.

Comment by Jorma Honkanen on July 5, 2013 at 2:19pm

Working just fine now :) 

Would be nice to have 68k Mac working on the Chameleon as well.


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