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Basilisk II is a Windows program that emulates 68K Macintosh and is used for color 68K emulation, since Mini vMac remains the best option for B&W 68K emulation and its more realistic than Mini vMac. It is very accurate and functional, supporting floppy disk drives (1.4MB floppies only, not 800KB or 400KB) out of the box, color, sound, network and even host to guest (Windows to Mac OS) file sharing via the MY COMPUTER tab > Enable external file system option in the setup program. You can also change the speed emulation to make it slower or faster if the application you want to run is unusable with your current hardware processing speed.
IMPORTANT: YOU NEED TO INSTALL GTK+ BEFORE USING BASILISK II :)
To configure Basilisk II, run the BasiliskIIGUI.exe program. Make sure the paths are all correct, notably in the MEMORY tab > Rom file path, you should see the Mac OS ROM file. Also in the DISK tab > Installed disks. You should see the "100MB - Mac OS 7.5.3 - 68k only.dsk" file. If it's not right, then make sure you click browse and navigate to select the appropriate files as mentioned. If you see errors not related to the ROM or DISK file, then consider executing Basilisk II in Windows 7 compatibility mode.
The Mac OS 7.5.3 Basilisk II bundle comes with a 100MB disk image, half filled with a few popular applications from the 90's:
The Mac OS 8.1 Basilisk II bundle comes with a 200MB disk image, three quarter filled with a few popular applications from the 90's:
(29.88 MiB / 31.33 MB)
Basilisk II (v1.0 from 2015-02-26) for Windows bundled w/ Mac OS 7.5.3 (NO FLOPPY SUPPORT) / Zipped
(1.97 KiB / 2.02 KB)
(30.57 MiB / 32.05 MB)
Basilisk II v1.4.2 (2008) for Windows bundled w/ Mac OS 7.5.3 (WITH FLOPPY SUPPORT) / Zipped
(78.16 MiB / 81.95 MB)
Basilisk II v1.4.2 (2008) for Windows bundled w/ Mac OS 8.1 (WITH FLOPPY SUPPORT) / Zipped
(9.52 MiB / 9.98 MB)
Basilisk II (v1.1 from 2022-01-26) for Windows, just the app, no OS (NO FLOPPY SUPPORT) / Zipped
Architecture: x86 (Windows)
Basilisk II should run on any version of Windows NT (2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10...)
With the default BasiliskII keycodes file, arrow keys as well as a few others do NOT work. Instead they may print unexpected characters. keycodes.txt uploaded to this page enables arrow keys and has been tested under Windows 10 with a standard 104 key keyboard.
To go fullscreen under the 2015-02-26 version, press simultaneously [CTRL+ENTER] and note that it can dynamically change the color bit depth (B&W, 256 colors mode, thousands of colors mode) like a normal computer. To go fullscreen under the 1.4.2 version, press simultaneously [ALT+ENTER] and take note that this is LOCKED to a single color bit depth, so if you launch BII with 256 colors mode, then you will NOT be able to change the number of colors (e.g.: B&W) while the virtual machine is running, you'll have to close it, change the prefs file and relaunch BII.
Furthermore, weird glitches or a even a totally black screen will show if the resolution is unsupported by your system. I found that 800x600 is the lowest resolution at which the fullscreen mode works reliably. Also, colors won't be OK, weird lines and red/blue separation might occur if the color bit depth is set to anything else than 256 colors (at least on my system) so check those things if any of these things happen to you.