BeBox Dual603-66
BeBox Dual603-66



Setname:  bebox   
Year: 1995
Manufacturer: Be Inc
Status: preliminary  notworks
Type: Home Computer
Clones: BeBox Dual603-133
Emulation info
Overall emulation:  preliminary   
Color emulation:  good  
Sound emulation:  good  
Graphics emulation:  good  
Savestates:  unsupported   

Tech info
 Base hardware: (available in all slot configurations)
PowerPC 603 ("ppc1")cpu 66000000 Hz
PowerPC 603 ("ppc2")cpu 66000000 Hz
AM9517A ("dma8237_1")cpu 4772727 Hz
AM9517A ("dma8237_2")cpu 4772727 Hz
Speaker ("mono")audio
YM3812 ("ym3812")audio 3579545 Hz
Screen ("screen")raster horizontal 640 x 480 @ 53.178707
Media devices
Media devices for this system
depend on the chosen expansions
RAM options
8M 8388608
16M 16777216
32M 33554432

 Optional hardware: (available with specific slot configurations)

 Configure the slot options for bebox:
 Slot Value

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Show detailed info about 'Slot Options' of this system
Slot options

NameValueCompatible device(s)
ide:0 cdromcdrom
 hdd hdd
ide:1 cdromcdrom
scsi:1 harddisk scsihd
scsi:2 cdrom scsicd
smc37c78:0 35hd floppy_35_hd

Romset info
ROM NameSizeCRC32SHA1Dump StateBIOS option
bootmain.rom131072 df2d19e0da86a7d23998dc953dd96a2ac5684faaa315c701good
bootnub.rom16384 5348d09a1b637a3d7a2b072aa128dd5c037bbb440d525c1agood


* CPU: Two RISC-based PowerPC 603 or 603e @ either 66 or 133 MHz
* RAM: Up to 256 MB (up to 8 72-pin SIMM modules)
* ROM: Unknown
* Text Modes: 80 columns x 25 lines
* Graphic Modes: 640x480 to 1600x1200
* Colors: 256 to 16.7 million
* Sound: 16-bit stereo sound system - Dual MIDI channels
* I/O Ports: 4xserial, Parallel, 3 x Infrared, SCSI II, 2 x Joystick, 2 x Midi, GeekPort
* Keyboard: Standard PC-AT
* Built In Media: 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD, SCSI & IDE HDD
* OS: BeOs
* Peripherals: 3 x PCI and 5 x ISA card slots


MESS supports both BeBox main models

* bebox [BeBox Dual603-66]: the 66MHz model
* bebox2 [BeBox Dual603-133]: the 133MHz model


These systems require full keyboard emulation to work correctly. At startup, full keyboard emulation mode is enabled by default. Whilst in full keyboard emulation mode, some key associated functionality may be disabled (like the ESC key for EXIT). The keyboard emulation mode is toggled using the "Scroll Lock" key (by default).

RAM options

Different RAM configurations are possible for the bebox and bebox2 in MESS. You can switch between them, changing the -ramsize parameter. At command line, you simply have to add ''-ramsize ram_value'', where //ram_value// can assume one of the following values

32m (default)

Known Issues

The emulation of this system is Preliminary.

History and Trivia

The BeBox was a dual processor PC, created in 1995 by Be Incorporated to run their own operating system, BeOS.

BeBox hadware was based on a dual PowerPC 603 CPU running at 66 MHz (later 133 MHz). The motherboard was not really innovative but featured a large range of Input/Output ports, including IDE and SCSI HDD interfaces, standard PC card slots, MIDI, audio, infrared ports plus a special GeekPort for hardware experiments.

The Be Operating System was also developed from the ground up. It aimed to be an alternative to the "Heavy weight" Windows and Mac OS's.
BeOs was a clear and clean multi-processor (up to 8), multi-threading, multi-tasking, GUI-based operating system, optimized for digital media management.

The first BeBox machines were mainly intended for use by software developers, and BeOs was delivered
with Metrowerks CodeWarrior and C++ languages. But, in spite of its numerous advanced features, the BeBox never met the success expected by its designers, mainly because it was not compatible with other OS and application widely used in the computing industry.

In 1996, BeOs was ported to Apple PowerPC machines but Apple eventually preferred the NeXT basis for its future Mac OS X. Two years later, BeOs ran on Intel machines.

In January 1997, the production ceased.

Nowadays, although marginal, BeOs is still alive, and new releases and updates are regularly announced by the BeOs community.


It's a digital and analog I/O and DC power connector, 37-pin connector on the ISA bus. It consists of:
* Two independent, bidirectional 8-bit ports
* Four A/D pins routing to a 12-bit A/D converter
* Four D/A pins connected to an independent 8-bit D/A converter
* Two signal ground reference pins
* Eleven power and ground pins: Two at +5 V, one at +12 V, one at -12 V, seven ground pins.

(info based on various Wikipedia pages)


* Wikipedia page --
* The BeBox Zone --
* (Mirror of, the official Be web site, now closed) --
* BeBox Photo Gallery (by Joseph Palmer: Be HW Engineer) --

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