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    Hi all,

    I'm happy to announce that I'll soon be releasing a build of Basilisk II, a 68k Mac emulator, for the TouchPad. Speed is fast enough for normal use, and a number of games (including SimCity 2000, my all-time favorite) run perfectly. The remaining issues I have to address: Touchscreen support exists but is pretty flaky right now, and I'd like to ensure that networking works properly as well. It will also be necessary to do some keymapping in order to make the on-screen keyboard more usable.

    I plan to package this for release for anybody else who would be interested in using it. Once I work out the remaining issues, I'll distribute both a release and the modified source code with build instructions. Hope that some of you will find this useful and/or enjoyable!

    For some tantalizing screenshots, look here:
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    Sounds great! Will we need a ROM image for this?
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    Yes -- a Mac ROM is needed, as well as a disk image with system software. I use the ROM from a Quadra 650. With some clever Googling, both of these things can be found already prepared for use Otherwise, System 7.5 is available as a free download from Apple.

    Once I work out some of the quirks of the touchscreen, I'll post a build here for you all to play with.
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    Are you the same guy who got it running on the Nokia N900 ?

    Looking forward to this version though
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    when your finished, be a legend and port uae4all for us amiga fanatics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geekpeter View Post
    when your finished, be a legend and port uae4all for us amiga fanatics.
    Yes! Yes! Yes!!!

    I love the Basilisk II port though too
    My 68k collection doesn't get enough attention now a days.
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    +1 I am liking any emulator that finds its way onto the TP (via your hardwork of course)...thanks!
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    Hi all,

    Ready to emulate a Mac on your TouchPad? An initial (but very functional) build of Basilisk II for the TouchPad is ready for use. Everything essential works just fine, including the display, touchscreen, sound, onscreen keyboard, and networking. Things are still a bit hack-ish in this early stage (meaning that there's no configuration GUI, nor is the emulator without its quirks), as lots of changes to the code were and are still required in order to get this running smoothly on webOS.

    Quick installation guide:

    1. Download the attached IPK, and install as you normally would.

    2. Basilisk II requires a ROM file from an actual Mac in order to run. You need to supply this file, as it's technically illegal to distribute and use a ROM, even from an old Mac, if you don't own the hardware. If you Google "quadra 650 rom", take a look at the first result... this might help you. This build is pre-configured to use a Quadra 650 ROM file. To install it, place it at /media/internal/basiliskii/quadra650.rom

    3. You'll now need to install a hard disk image with Mac system software. Keep in mind that Basilisk II only runs very early versions of the Mac OS (up to 8.1, I believe)... so don't try to run anything newer. Early versions of the system (up to 7.5.x) are available for free from Apple. You can either prepare a system image using Basilisk II on your desktop computer, or you can download a prepared image of System 7.5.5 (highly recommended) at Download Macintosh System 7.5.5 (emulation disk image) - Macintosh Garden

    4. Place the hard disk image at /media/internal/basiliskii/MacOS755.hfv

    5. Launch Basilisk II, and let the fun begin!

    6. If you wish to customize the configuration or the location of the required files, edit the CONFIG file -- it's located at /media/cryptofs/apps/usr/palm/applications/com.nickburkhart.basiliskii/CONFIG

    NOTES about current quirks (these will all be resolved in future releases):

    - The coloration of the video will appear a bit off until you set the color depth to "256 colors" from within the Monitors control panel in the emulated Mac OS.
    - The on-screen keyboard will appear, but only if the emulated OS is in "256 colors" mode.
    - You can also change the screen resolution from within the Monitors control panel; I added a special 1024x526 mode to the video driver to accommodate an XS onscreen keyboard. You may have to re-set the screen resolution on every launch, for the time being.
    - The on-screen keyboard cannot yet be hidden and called up at will.
    - To enable networking through your TouchPad's Wifi connection, ensure that DHCP is enabled in the TCP/IP control panel.
    - The default keymapping leaves much to be desired -- useful Mac keys (command, etc.) are not mapped at the moment.

    You will have no problem getting this up and running if you follow the recommended steps above. Please let me know if you encounter any problems or have any ideas! I will release source code once it's not so embarrassingly messy.
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    Very nice!

    Tried setting tcp/ip to dhcp, but netscape still didnt detect anything, nor does it seem like tcp/ip grabs an ip.

    And I can relate to your last sentence. lol.
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    I also could not make tcp/ip work, other than that everything looked good.
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    Any new progress on this?
    Ordered 2x HP Touchpad 32GB @ 9:34AM EST
    Purchase #441xxxx
    Order #3056xxxx

    Received shipping email 10/12/2011 @ 7:31PM EST
    Received the 2nd 2 week email

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    just a shame mac's aint got much of worth to emulate them for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geekpeter View Post
    just a shame mac's aint got much of worth to emulate them for.
    Classic games for Mac make it worthwhile.

    Hi all,

    Thanks to Elosito for putting this together!
    Like the others tcp/ip isn't working for me. iCab is installed, tried DHCP and it hangs for a bit then gets 'Network Error #1.' SC2000 works great with sound, if bluetooth keyboard is used the whole screen can be set for OS7.
    It's awesome having this run in a card inside of WebOS and out of the box works nearly perfectly.
    Hope to see more development on Basilisk in the future!
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    Hi there, was there ever an update to this great project or got it stuck at its very first version (which is amazing) ?

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