Minimal installJust drag and drop the VICE icon into your Application folder. This installs the VICE executable only.
Full installationUse this installation method If you also want to keep a copy of the VICE manual and other technical documents: create a new VICE directory in your Applications folder (/Applications) and copy all files from the virtual disk image (vice-macosx-gtk-ub-*.dmg) there.
LaunchingUpon launching it will ask which emulator to run. If you always want to run che C64 emulator without further asking, rename this icon to x64.
SettingsTo emulate a virtual joystick using the keyboard numpad go to Settings -> Joystick settings -> Joystick device in port 2 -> Numpad. 0 is fire, 1,3,7,9 go diagonal. Real joysticks can only be used on linux, but nowadays, who has one? Most games use only one joystick, that one in port 2. If you don't have a keypad, use Define keysets, then assign one of the keyset to the joystick and make sure Allow keyset joystick is checked before using your virtual joystick.
I tried to set the sample rate to 44100Hz in Settings -> Sound settings but that causes VICE to crash.
The video settings are in Settings -> VIC-II settings. Beeing nearsighted I enabled Double size.
Remember to check Settings -> Save settings on exit or at least Settings -> Save settings if you want to save your configuration.
Software imagesAlso known as ROM's or images. Here are some common ROM types, all supported by VICE, differentiated by their filename extension:
|EXT||type of image|
|TAP||raw cassette tape|
|D64||VC-1541 diskette (170 kB)|
|D71||VC-1571 diskette (340 kB)|
|D81||VC-1581 diskette (800 kB)|
|PRG||executable program in BASIC|
|P00||program file as PRG with an additional header to identify the program and its original name|
Loading gamesSelect File -> Smart attach disk/tape. This option also supports ZIP archives - no need to uncompress them first. In many formats you can find more than one game or program. Select the one you want from Contents or click the Autostart button. Funny things will happen if you click over BLOCKS FREE.
You may not want to wait long loading times... Use Options -> Enable warp mode to speed up things. But remember to disable it after the game has loaded otherwise it will be too fast to play. Alt+W toggles warp mode on/off.