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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:08 am 
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I'm so sorry, but I wanted to ask this question.

It's getting harder and harder to see Basillisk's screen depending on your monitor's resolution. As you know the same is true of SheepShaver as well.

The higher your monitor's resolution, the tinier Basillisk's screen.

This is regardless of what size you choose in the Basillisk preferences. Basillisk's screen becomes tiny in many cases.

With Mini vMac you can use the "Magnify" feature, which effectively doubles the size of its screen on your monitor.

Are there any plans to make a more readable screen for Basillisk and SheepShaver?

Thank you.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:34 pm 
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You can set higher resolution for BasiliskII to make use of your monitor's increased resolution.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:04 pm 
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It depends on what the issue is.

1. If you want the BasiliskII (or SheepShaver) screen (window) size larger, you can set a larger resolution for the emulator. You do not need to choose between the preset sizes. I myself use a 1280x800 resolution in SheepShaver. Best choose even numbers for the sizes.

2. If the problem is that everything inside the BasiliskII window gets smaller in higher monitor resolutions, you can try running BasiliskII full-screen. If the BasiliskII screen size (resolution) is smaller than the resolution of your monitor, everything in BasiliskII gets larger.

If your host system is macOS, you can use advanced settings to change the scaling algorithm in order to keep the enlarged BasiliskII (and SheepShaver) display sharp on a high resolution Retina screen. See: https://www.emaculation.com/doku.php/sh ... uilds_only


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:16 pm 
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Thank you Mr. Regensburg.

I just wanted to know if there are any plans to add a magnification feature like the one Mini vMac has to Basillisk and SheepShaver? It's a much needed feature for both emulators.

I'm so sorry and please correct me if I'm wrong, but the resolution settings in both Basillisk II and SheepShaver are somewhat misunderstood.

These settings actually don't change the resolution either emulator runs at. They only change how much space each emulator takes up on your screen. Both emulators always run at your screen's resolution.

For instance, a 640x480 emulator setting on a MacBook Pro screen at 1440x900 gives you an emulator that takes up 640x480 in the middle of a 1440x900 screen. Likewise for any other setting. Both emulators always run at your screen's resolution.

And although it's true both Basillisk and SheepShaver can be run in full screen mode, I've had them stick sometimes in that mode, often requiring a reboot with the Power button when nothing else will unstick the computer and that takes a massive toll on the computer's hard drive.

Likewise, switching back and forth between the emulator's full page mode and the computer's normal screen makes extra and unnecessary work on the monitor and as a technician I can say this. And when considering how often you'll need to switch back and forth when you are using your computer for average needs, that's not only quite a hardware workout, but you'll have to keep track of the modes as well each time you switch.

I completely agree, you can get a better resolution by using the emulator's full-page mode, but it would be so much easier, less frustrating, and less damaging if you could put Basillisk and SheepShaver into Window mode and apply a magnification like the one Mini vMac uses.

I hope one day both Basillisk and SheepShaver will have this much-needed feature.

In the meantime, I thank you nice help.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:01 pm 
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NavyBrat wrote:
For instance, a 640x480 emulator setting on a MacBook Pro screen at 1440x900 gives you an emulator that takes up 640x480 in the middle of a 1440x900 screen. Likewise for any other setting. Both emulators always run at your screen's resolution.
Exactly, that is how it works. At least in window mode.

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Likewise, switching back and forth between the emulator's full page mode and the computer's normal screen makes extra and unnecessary work on the monitor
Is that true? In what way will toggling between window mode and full-screen mode (using control-return) cause extra work on the monitor?

Edit: Don't you use your emulators on a OSX/macOS host? With the current builds of these emulators the full-screen/window toggle uses the OSX/macOS system feature that is used for all applications that can run in full-screen mode. Works smoothly and is no worse for the monitor than any other movement on the screen.

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I just wanted to know if there are any plans to add a magnification feature like the one Mini vMac has to Basillisk and SheepShaver? It's a much needed feature for both emulators.
I am not aware of any such plans. It depends on someone with developer skills to take an interest in adding a similar feature to BasiliskII and SheepShaver.


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Unless you are using a CRT, mode switching should not take a toll on the monitor.

If you get stuck in full-screen, you can press Ctrl-Esc to quit the emulator.


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uyjulian wrote:
Unless you are using a CRT, mode switching should take a toll on the monitor.
How can that be? It does nothing else than moving the image on the screen. If this would take a toll on the monitor, watching a movie or playing a game would have a much worse impact on the monitor.

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If you get stuck in full-screen, you can press Ctrl-Esc to quit the emulator.
That is only an option when the emulator becomes unresponsive. Otherwise you can simply shut down the emulated machine from the Special men. Ctrl-Esc equals a hard shut down and can cause file system corruption on the mounted volumes.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:12 pm 
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Ronald P. Regensburg wrote:
uyjulian wrote:
Unless you are using a CRT, mode switching should take a toll on the monitor.
How can that be? It does nothing else than moving the image on the screen. If this would take a toll on the monitor, watching a movie or playing a game would have a much worse impact on the monitor.

Sorry, I meant to add a "not" in there.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:39 am 
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I thank everybody for their input.

However, as a computer technician, I do stand behind everything I've said.

Dear Mr. Regensburg. You've been more than kind. And I sincerely hope that a developer does come along to implement such a much needed magnification feature like in Mini vMac:

"I am not aware of any such plans. It depends on someone with developer skills to take an interest in adding a similar feature to BasiliskII and SheepShaver."

I thank you for your time.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:59 pm 
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The answer to your magnification question was already answered: if you're running on a macOS host, you can adjust the scaling ratio (not limited to 2x like with Mini vMac). You can also use the built-in magnification system on your host -- macOS, Windows 10 and Ubuntu 18 all have one.


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