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Guides on emulating older applications

DL were taken from the great Waybackmachine. I thought the Mac Binaries should be preserved here too. Hopefully someone can fill in the missing stuff (manuals etc.) and add some sreenshots.

In the early 1990s, Orange Micro introduced what were described as "DOS compatibility cards". This was a concept first introduced in the Mac286 by AST Research, for which Orange Micro had purchased the rights. These cards essentially consisted of an entire PC on NuBus or PCI cards. They contained enough hardware in order to run PC software such as DOS and Windows at native hardware speeds: notably, an Intel-compatible CPU, RAM, sound cards, and video chipsets supporting CGA or VGA. Some hardware, such as disks, printers, modems and network interface cards, were emulated in software.

While Orange Micro sold their compatibility card under the Mac286 name for a time, later offerings were based on the 80386, 80486, and Pentium lines. Additional cards offered support for AMD, Cyrix, and IDT processors, offering a lower cost.

An example of such a PC compatibility card was the OrangePC Model 220. This card, for NuBus-based Macintoshes, included a 66 MHz 486DX2 and 8MB of preinstalled memory. In December 1995, its retail price was US$1127.[2]

A later model, the OrangePC 620 series, offered a 200 or 233 MHz processor. In 1998 it started at US$399, significantly less than previous incarnations. Various 620 models utilized processors from Intel, AMD, and IDT. High-end models included a Sound Blaster chipset, while more affordable options provided software emulation, with the caveat that sound could not be played in MS-DOS software.[3]

One of its last PC compatibility offerings was the PCfx!, introduced in late 1998. Sporting a 200 MHz Pentium processor, NVIDIA RIVA 128 chipset, and 32MB to 128MB of SDRAM, the PCfx! was marketed as a way for Macintosh users to play PC games.[4]

The need for such specialized compatibility hardware was eliminated after the Apple–Intel transition, particularly after the release of Boot Camp and virtualization software such as Parallels Desktop for Mac and VMware Fusion.

(From Wikipedia)

Architecture: 68k PPC

Software for PC Compatibility Cards, series 200 to 600 for Nubus and early PCI Macs.


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by dr.zeissler - 2020, January 14 - 9:10pm

Where can I find the 3.1.2 for the OPC620 ? I really need that one. 3.4.x does not work for me.

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by dr.zeissler - 2019, December 31 - 9:14am

Problem still exists. My Orange PC620 does not recognize the AMD K6 correctly and also does not read from my CD-Rom. Can someone please upload 3.1.2 of that OrangePC software? Thx!

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by dr.zeissler - 2019, May 26 - 4:30pm

You are using 3.1.2, I used the latest one perhaps this is my problem?

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by devils_advisor - 2019, May 11 - 7:17pm

Made a Video about the Software and Card. Dont mind the Desktop Machine was in storage for well over a year.

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by dr.zeissler - 2019, April 8 - 8:00pm

Does anyone here have bios-files for the cards?
My 620 does not work with my K6-3-400(AFR).
It always says K6-3/256
Beside that it seems to require 2,4volt instead of 2,2vol that stands on the cpu.
Normally the K6-3 jumpered on 66Mhz with Multi 2x is interpreted as 6x, so 6x66=400Mhz.
But mine says 256Mhz, totally stupid.

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by Maximum R.I.S.C. - 2018, March 17 - 1:43am

It is SHOCKING how expensive these still are (especially that last one with the 3D card).

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by locutus - 2018, March 16 - 5:55pm

Thanks for this! I actually have the PCI version with all the cables but no software.. Thank you very much! Smile


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by IIGS_User - 2013, December 30 - 5:59pm

Boot Camp?

Das Miststück verlangt jetzt 64 bit:
Bilder Hosting
("That Bitch now asks for 64 bit.")

In Ger, there is known a joke:
"Windows thinks, it can do everything. No wonder, if I drink 32 bit, I also think, I can do everything."

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by Tanner1294 - 2013, August 12 - 2:30am

Thank you so much for uploading this software! I'm very much thinking of picking up my very own Orange PC card but it won't be coming with any kind of manual or softwares so this is a great upload!

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by directive0 - 2012, October 10 - 7:18pm

Added more screenies. Had some luck with DOS and Win3.1.

Will let you know as more becomes available.

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by directive0 - 2012, October 4 - 4:16pm

Hey all,

I am currently working on getting this thing happening, but my macs are being dinks right now. Will keep you guys updated as more becomes available.

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by MikeTomTom - 2012, October 4 - 1:59pm

I´ll beg for some screenshots.

@24bit: Yes please do!
I have a Mac 7" 586 card that can run in a few Mac models. Its a nice DOS card too but I don't have a Mac capable of supporting it at the moment (I have had it up and running in the past 'tho'). I'm wanting to put it eventually into a Mac/Performa 6400 or 6500... I'm hoping one of these will cross my path one day Wink

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by 24bit - 2012, October 4 - 1:04pm

Someone over at 68kmla is trying to set up an Orange PC. When he has succeeded, I´ll beg for some screenshots. Smile Its a 80486 board - never could afford those myself.
A pity, so much already vanished for ever, not only orangemicro.

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by MikeTomTom - 2012, October 4 - 1:43pm

Thank you for archiving this (and finding/recovering it from the wayback machine).

(ps) Thanks also for the included PDF manual. It is excellent.