I've only got Macs at home and am not sufficiently technically proficient to get this to work. Any pointers?
I was able to get MacVice to work and the QLink disk to load, I have no idea how to trick the emulator into thinking that when it dials the "modem" it actually goes out to the internet. I tried both Netcat and tcpser but couldn't figure out how to install them on my Mac, let alone configure them.
Post by Golan Klinger on Sept 27, 2005 22:23:40 GMT -5
Which version of VICE are you using? The only ready-made binary available from the VICE website is 1.14 which doesn't have the features required to access Q-Link. You'll have to download the source for version 1.16 and compile it for yourself which, unfortunately, isn't as easily said as done due to the requirement of things like the sound libraries (SDL). Also, VICE will only work with Xwindows which means you'll have to install X11 either from the Tiger install CD, with Fink or DarwinPorts or something like that or, like VICE, by compiling it yourself.
No matter how you cut it, getting Q-Link to run on a Mac isn't easy.
Post by Golan Klinger on Sept 28, 2005 12:20:13 GMT -5
I might have to reinstall Virtual PC. I hate it because I have a G4 iMac and it is painfully slow.
I have already installed X11 (it's needed even for MacVice which is at 1.14). I haven't compiled anything in years, but I'll look into compiling Vice 1.16 - any recommendations on a compiler?
After I get it to compile, what other programs will I need to run concurrently?
Yeah, Virtual PC is slow and it isn't cheap (especially when you add in the cost of Windows). FWIW, I just tried downloading the free DOSBox emulator and running the DOS version of VICE to no avail. I thought it might be a cheaper/easier alternative to Virtual PC. C'est la vie.
It should have occurred to me that you had X installed if you were able to run VICE at all (sorry, it was late and I was tired). You can use whatever compiler you like and since gcc is included with OS X, it seems a logical choice. Grab the source, configure, make, make install and see if it runs. Once you get VICE compiled you should be able to follow the instructions found at www.quantum-link.org/ to get everything working. All that being said, getting VICE compiled isn't the easiest thing to do.
Post by Golan Klinger on Sept 28, 2005 12:29:37 GMT -5
It would be nices if the person maintaining VICE for OS X released a binary for 1.16. Better yet would be if someone ported VICE to OS X so that it didn't require X. That would be quite nice. There is a port of Frodo for OS X (see www.bannister.org/software/frodo.htm) although I'm quite sure it doesn't support virtual telecommunication devices. I don't think Power 64 (see www.infinite-loop.at/Power64/) does either which is a shame because it is an otherwise amazing product that is much easier to use than VICE.
When I made this post the system put up a banner ad about running Windows on a Mac. I clicked it and it took me to a website for a program called Guest PC (see www.lismoresystems.com/). I've never heard of Guest PC but it appears to be a less expensive alternative to Virtual PC. Targetted banner ads are neat and creepy all at once.