Mac OS Emulator
All OldOs fans will know that there is little more satisfying than getting that old computer or Operating System up and running. What's even better than getting that old version of NT up and running is running an OS that shouldn't work; that wasn't intended to work on your hardware.
Tools: To accomplish these tasks you will need to download the following sets of tools:
You can download a Mac Quadra 650 ROM here: Download. Note that you may only download the ROM if you have an actual Macintosh. Using the ROM without owning a Macintosh is illegal.
2) Start Up Disk:
Locate the file you downloaded earlier called 'Network_Access_Disk_7.5.sea.bin', and drag it into the StuffIt Expander Window. This will decompress the file and create a new directory below the one in which 'Network_Access_Disk_7.5.sea.bin' was stored. This will be called 'Network Access', and contains The Network Access Disk Readme and a file called Network Access.Image. It is the latter which we shall concern ourselves with.
2 a) Writing the Boot floppy;
When you open this Image, NOTHING will be displayed in the WinImage Window, as shown below, DON'T WORRY ABOUT THIS. The Image is there.
From the disk menu, select to write a disk.
3) Preparing Hard Files for Basilisk II:
The Options selected in the Picture above will create a new 'Hard Disk' for use in the Emulated Macintosh. The 'Mac' will see this as a 500Mb Hard Disk Partition named System7, whereas it is really a file, stored in D:\system7.hfv. Get the picture? (NOTE: The volume names and file names do not have to match, I merely do this for the sake of consistency. For example, if you name the file the same as the volume name in the emulated environment, it is easier to keep yourself right when opening volumes in HFV Explorer.)
Locate all 19 parts of the System 7.5.3 Install CD Image you downloaded earlier. Copy all these items to your Macintosh Disk volume (System7 in this example by dragging them to it). It is a good idea to create folders from within HFV Explorer in the same way as you would in Windows Explorer, just to keep track of all the files. Copy all the Macintosh files you will be using later on at this point as well.
Help! I downloaded HFVExplorer and they won't copy for me, I just drag them into the disk but nothing happens, if anyone knows how to correct this e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
When the above dialogue is shown, always select 'Automatic; let the program decide' and 'OK to All' as is shown above.
4) Configuring the Basilisk II Emulator:
In the 'General' Tab:
In the 'Memory' Tab:
In the 'Screen' Tab:
Next, move to the 'Disk' Tab:
Go to the floppy and CD tabs to configure which of your host PCs removable disks you want to use in the same manner.
You can then, if you chose to do so, shut the Mac down from the special menu, and the remove the Network Access Disk from list of installed disks in the BII GUI program. This will serve to make things slightly tidier, and also test if your copy of the System Folder was successful.
When you restart, you are now ready to install System 7.5.3.
Open up the folder in which you imported the 19 Installer part images. In my example, this folder was called 'System 7 Installer'
Double-click to open the first part (the Self Mounting Image or .SMI file).
Double click to open the CD Image.
You are now ready to install The System Software. You will be greeted with a screen like this one:
From here on in, it is pretty much follow the bouncing ball. However, you should make sure that installation disk is selected as the one you wish to use in BII. Also Select Custom Install. My Setup looked like this:
Chose the components you want to install. I chose pretty much all, except A/Rose under Networking and Extensions, as BII is incompatible with this.
6) Configuring the System
Copy the lower file onto the desktop, you will get a warning about a locked disk most likely, this is referring to the disk image. Just click OK.
You should now have something very similar to the above set up. Drag the three files on the bottom row to the Disk Copy Application we moved to the desktop before.
NOTE: You can again, create update disks to use on a real Mac or for reference. Format three floppies to Mac 1.44Mb and simply copy the contents of the three images shown above to the three diskettes.
Open up the 'disk' Update - 1' and double click on the installer. This will automatically update the system to 7.5.5
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