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Fusion PC

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FUSION30.ZIP (369.69 KB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
#2
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HD240.zip (107.33 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
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HD240-7.zip (129.80 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
#4
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HD240-71.zip (8.82 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
#5
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fusion12.zip (19.21 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
#6
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VirtualBoxDOS.zip (275.97 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
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FusionPC_Support.pdf
Emulation
Guides on emulating older applications

FusionPC was Microcode Solutions 68k emulator for DOS and Windows 98 or lower.
Fusion can handle many Mac devices like SCSI scanners and drives.
Also many modems or other serial hardware was supported, the PC floppy drive is used for Mac HFS floppies automatically - albeit only HD floppies can be used due to hardware limitations.

Release history of FusionPC

Later on there was a PPC emulator of the iMac called iFusion for the Commodore Amiga with PPC card available (link).
There were plans to port iFusion to the Windows platform (link) but before it surfaced, the sourcecode of FusionPC and iFusion was sold to Emulators, Inc. (link). Fusion 3.0 was released in June 2006 by Emulators, Inc. before its technology was merged with Emulator's SoftMac 2000 software product (link).

First DL:
The Fusion app.
Second DL:
Bootable OS8 System on a 240MB disk image. Fusion has to be set to Quadra(700).
Third DL:
Bootable OS7.6 System on a 240MB disk image. Fusion has to set to Mac_IIcx.
Fourth DL:
Bootable OS7.1 System on a 240MB disk image. Fusion has to set to Mac_IIcx or another 7.1 compatible Mac.
Fifth DL:
Fusion 1.2 Demo, ready with ROM and OS 7.5.3.
The self expanding fusdem12.exe is added as zip file for reference.
Sixth DL:
A Fusion instance wrapped into Virtual Box, see also MacGarden/Forum/Virtual Box / DOS expert wanted.

Fusion 1.2 Demo will only run from a real DOS environment - no Windows DOS box.
The demo is limited to one hardfile of 100MB maximum and a 640x480 Mac screen.
Hopefully someone is able to add the full versions of Fusion 1.X from a private archive.

Obviously a ROM from a matching 68k Mac is needed to run the emulator.
If you did not dump your own ROM already try these from RedundantRobot meanwhile:
http://www.redundantrobot.com/sheepshaver_files/roms/1mbMacrom.zip
http://www.redundantrobot.com/sheepshaver_files/roms/Quad650.zip

Compatibility

Minimum Requirements:
66Mhz 80486 CPU
8 megs of memory
20 megs of hard drive space
Macintosh System 7.0.1 software
1.44MB floppy drive
512K Macintosh ROM

Recommended Optimal Configuration:
133Mhz+ Intel Pentium Processor CPU
32megs of memory
250 megs of hard drive space
PCI video card w/3D acceleration
Macintosh System 8.0 software
12x CD-ROM drive
1.44MB floppy drive
1MB Macintosh ROM

Fusion probably was the most compatible Mac emulator for the PC, especially for early OS7 games with 256 colors.
Fusion works in DOSBox on many recent X86 rigs with the limitations of an emulator inside an emulator.
To get the best out of Fusion, a Pentium III or P4 oldie with Soundblaster compatibility and ASPI compatible SCSI HBA is preferable.
WIN98SE on a pATA HDD may be the easiest host OS to set up.

Comments

by MacTouch - 2017, August 12 - 3:23pm

An emulator inside an emulator can´t fly.

I have tested Mini vMac inside SheepShaver & BII, it works well. But, yeah, about Fusion & Virtual Box, perhaps it's not very easy to play like with Russian dolls... Smile

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by noway - 2017, August 12 - 2:27pm

You may ask why not use DOSBox for Fusion PC?
Sure DOSBox is an option and the Soundblaster 16 emulation is working as it should in DOSBox.
The downside is that by default, RAM for the Mac is rather low, color switching not possible and last not least slowness. An emulator inside an emulator can´t fly. Wink

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by 24bit - 2017, August 8 - 10:44am

About the Virtual Box instance (6th DL), it can't be called slow methinks.

Both natively and with virtualisation the emulated Mac cpu is 28 times faster than the good old Centris 605.
Virtualisation is slightly faster than PC-DOS natively on my side.
Either way, Fusion is a very fast 680X0 emulation for X86, it has some obstacles of course, both natively and with virtualisation.

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by 24bit - 2016, May 30 - 2:25pm

The oldie is up and running again with a Pentium4 HP D530 from flea bay and some parts from my crap box.
Host OS is Windows98SE - FreeDOS did not like me. Smile
My wife could not help asking: "What are you going to do with another old computer?"

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by 24bit - 2016, May 14 - 10:02pm

My Fusion instance is down at the moment, but I´ll set up another one soon on some spare HDD on FreeDOS.
Fusion does have a screenshot feature built in, just like a basic import/export utility for the Mac side.
The keyboard shortcut for the screenshot escapes me right now. Must be in the doc files anyways.

Edit:
Its in the manual I made from the remains captured by the Wayback Machine: Ctrl-Print on the PC keyboard saves a screenshot file to the Fusion home directory.

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Where the snapshots go - seen from W10:

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by fm2 - 2015, May 22 - 6:04pm

It's from manual.

by Kitchen2010 - 2015, May 22 - 6:10pm

FusionPC ran under MS-DOS, so it always run fullscreen. As there is no windowed mode available, there cannot be anything like a screenshot of the emulator but the emulated system.

EDIT:
I have added some screenshots that I found here : link.

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by IIGS_User - 2015, May 22 - 5:04pm

Is the Mac OS 8.1 screenshot seen above a screenshot of the emulator?