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PowerFPU + Quest for Glory 1?

How do I get PowerFPU to work? There's very little information on it. I don't even know what Mac systems it's compatible with. I tried it in Mac OS 7 and 9 within Sheepshaver, but all it does is make the emulator crash. I'm running the Windows version in Vista if it matters, and the site says Quest for Glory 1 can be run using PowerFPU. Only way I got PowerFPU to work was by starting the emulator with the ignore errors option selected, but it still didn't help start Quest for Glory 1.

I haven't had any luck getting Quest for Glory 1 to work at all. I specifically want to try the Mac version because I don't remember it having the palette issues that I see in the DOS version. When I try to load the game, it either freezes the emulator, crashes the emulator, or gives a system error. I've tried different combinations of roms and systems in both Basilisk II and Sheepshaver. Any help would be appreciated. Or if someone could make a screenshot of the inventory screen at night, just so I can confirm that the Mac version doesn't have the graphic issues the DOS version has.

Edit: Replaced 'xxx 7' with 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User

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If you run the game in Basilisk II, you shouldn't need PowerFPU. I think. I believe that Basilisk II emulates an FPU in all circumstances.

So in Basilisk II, the crashes are some other issue...

Meanwhile, if you MUST HAVE some FPU program, you can try SoftwareFPU, perhaps:

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macos/4097

I think it does the same thing.

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I just tried PowerFPU because the article for the game on this site says "Also playable in SheepShaver using PowerFPU." It SHOULD be playable in Basilisk II, but a lot of old games, especially ones from 1992 and earlier seem to have problems. It might need a Mac classic emulator with color support. I don't remember what the system requirements are for it and can't find them online. I even tried setting the date and time back to avoid the mcdate crashes, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't need Sierra's mcdate patch.

I'm going to guess the people who got it to work in Sheepshaver were using the OS X or Linux version?

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Update: This game crashes on every configuration I have tried!

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Wow I was just typing a rant about how I finally managed to get this to start in a color build of Mini vMac, but it still wouldn't run, when I remembered the mcdate bug and set the date back to 1990. Now for this emulator to start supporting faster processors and improve the sound quality and it will be perfect for my needs.

Does anyone know where I could download the mcdate patch? Google only shows dead links to old Sierra and VU ftp sites. It should probably be added to any supported Sierra game pages on this site.

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IIRC that patch was shared wit other Mac Sierra games of that time and can be available under respective game name, still the same updater.

Of course I can´t for my life remember any other Sierra game name of that era and my essential game archives, with that particular patch, are out of reach until the middle of May. *grrrrrr*!!

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If you install PowerFPU on Mac OS 9 you may NOT double klick on the control panel but just leave it in the control panels folder as it is. This at least seems to work on native Mac OS 9. I havn't tested this on emulation, though.

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Yeah, I think I have the patch burned on a CD and buried in a box somewhere at my parents. I probably even have the original diskette. It makes me worried for it and other old Sierra patches, though. For some, I may have taken for granted that they'd be easily available on the internet forever.

This must be the patch, although Quest for Glory isn't on the list of supported games. I couldn't find it because it's not called "mcdate" on here.

http://macintoshgarden.org/games/sierra-patch

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Ah, here´s another one, direct dl of 'mcdate.sit.hqx' from here;
http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20071230085234/http://ftp.sierra.com/pa...

Bless the WaybackMachine! Smile