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I have some old Mac Floppies that I have copied to my Powerbook. When I try to install from one of them while inside Basilisk, the system asks me to mount the Floppy. What is the method I should use to do this? If it involves creating a Disk Image file, what utility should I use?
The file utility that came with my Powerbook created images with a .DMG extension. These images crashed Basilisk when I tried to mount them.
I think Powerbook is the Macintosh laptop, right? Well my experience with Basilisk II and floppy drives is limited to PC, both windows & linux versions. I will tell you what I know.
I have found that the easiest way to access the contents of an old Macintosh floppy is to create an image of the floppy and define the floppy image as a disk in the basilisk_ii_prefs file. Then the floppy shows up as a hard drive in basilisk. Note that PCs can only read 1440k floppies, and it doesn't always work (I get a failure rate of about 1 in 15). I make the floppy image in linux using the dd command:
bash$ dd if=/dev/fd0 of=floppy_image.dsk
Theoretically, if you have a floppy drive on your workstation then you should be able to use it with basilisk. On PCs, only 1440k floppies will work. I have tested under windows, and found that sometimes it works but it is unreliable - for instance, I could see the folders on the floppy, but I couldn't read the files. Under linux I couldn't get the floppy drive to work with basilisk at all even though I was able to mount the same floppy as type hfs from the shell.
Remember that when you use floppy drives on a PC with basilisk you must use the CTRL-SHIFT-F1 or CTRL-SHIFT-F11 key combination to mount the floppy. These directions are buried in a readme file in the source tarball.
All of this may be different on your powerbook, but maybe it helps.
the dd command works for OSX too, although the dev file for the floppy drive is different. It is often /dev/disk1 or /dev/disk2. If you open Disk Utility and do a get info on the floppy it should tell you what file it comes from.
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