(updated June 17, 2013)
Basilisk II build 142 is an old version of Basilisk II. It has been superseded by more recent “JIT” versions of Basilisk II, but certain users require the older version, so a setup guide is provided herein.
An older, but very extensive manual (11 Mb,150 pages PDF) was created years ago by Marc Hoffman: BasiliskII 142 Guide
Basilisk 142 emulates up to a 68040 Macintosh. You can install up to Mac OS 8.1 in the emulated machine. This guide focuses on installation of System 7.5.3 from floppy disk images which are available for free (and legal) download from Apple, and System 8.0 from CD-ROM or CD-ROM image.
Installing System 7.5.3 (which can be updated to 7.5.5) or 8.0 in Basilisk II build 142 is fun and easy! But before getting started, there are a few files that you will need to download:
In addition to the above, you should download:
First we will create a blank hard disk image that we can install System 7.5.3 to. Start by running HFVExplorer.
See figure 1, below, for a look at the New Volume creation options.
Now we will copy the System 7.5.3 files to the blank disk image that we just created.
See figures 2 and 3 for help.
Run the file BasiliskIIGUI.exe in your Basilisk142 directory.
In the tab “General”:
In the tab “Memory”:
In the tab “Screen”:
In the tab “Disk”:
At the bottom of the Basilisk GUI, click “Run”
Open the Basilisk 142 GUI,
Mac OS will start up. You can remove the 19 installer parts from the Mac OS 7.5.3 disk.
Congratulations, you are running mac OS 7.5.3 in Windows through Basilisk!
Installing System 8.0 from CD is a lot easier then installing system 7.5.3 from floppy. On 32-bit Windows systems you can boot from a Mac OS Install CD-ROM. On 64-Bit Windows systems, you can't use a real CD. And for Basilisk 142, there is a trick needed to boot from a Mac OS Install CD-ROM. It is described in the section “Detour for 64-Bit Windows users only”.
Start BasiliskIIGUI.exe and go to tab “General”
Go to the Memory tab
Go to the Screen tab
Go to the Disk tab
Go to the CD tab
Detour for 64-Bit Windows users only
As 64 bit windows machines can't use the cd rom driver, you need to create an image of the Mac OS install CD. You can do this with e.g. Nero.
In order to boot from the CD image, you have to edit the Basilisk142 preferences file. It is located in your Basilisk142 folder, and is called “BasiliskII_prefs”.
Reopen the BasiliskGUI.
End detour for 64-Bit Windows users
Click “Run” at the bottom of the GUI.
The mac OS desktop appears:
Back in Windows, restart the BasiliskGUI and go to the tab General
Congratulations, you are now running Mac OS 8 through Basilisk 142 in Windows.