QEmulator support for old MAC Powerbooks...

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QEmulator support for old MAC Powerbooks...

Postby martyn_hill » Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:47 pm

Hi everyone (esp. Sig. Terdina!)

I've recently come in to possession of a couple of old MAC laptops - a Powerbook 190cs (with 68LC040 - needs repairing) and a Powerbook 5300cs (with PowerPC 603e).

I see from Daniele's site that there is an older version of Q-Emulator stated to run on PowerPCs (mentioning 68k CPUs, curiously...) and have downloaded the .SIT file, but can't find any documentation for this older version that would give any clue as to the spec needed to run it - and whether it would support either or both of those two PowerBook models I've acquired.

I purchased the Windows version of Q-Em and still use it to test software as it's closer to a real QL than QPC...

Thought I'd post here before bothering Daniele directly...

Any ideas?


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Re: QEmulator support for old MAC Powerbooks...

Postby Dave » Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:59 pm

I have a Sun Sparc magnesium laptop you can have, if you're into really obscure laptops/architectures. It's a real collector's item.

That is all. There is nothing to see here, please move on!


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Re: QEmulator support for old MAC Powerbooks...

Postby martyn_hill » Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:22 pm

Ha! Thanks Dave :-)

Sun Sparcs - I remember those from my Uni days.

For now, I think I've got sufficient 'legacy' hardware (that my wife calls 'junk' - heretic!) to play with as a distraction from real work (like the QLAN adapter for SMSQ emulators... still busy with it - another few weeks away still...)


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Re: QEmulator support for old MAC Powerbooks...

Postby Dave » Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:44 pm

Cars go from new to junk to highly prized and collectible. That's now happening with computers. Tell her that right now these are the equivalent of 1978 Ford Escorts but ina few more years they'll be like owning an original untouched Model T or Rolls Royce Silver Cloud.


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Re: QEmulator support for old MAC Powerbooks...

Postby martyn_hill » Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:57 pm

Hummm - I don't think that'll fly, but worth a shot!


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Re: QEmulator support for old MAC Powerbooks...

Postby Derek_Stewart » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:20 am

martyn_hill wrote:Hi everyone (esp. Sig. Terdina!)

I've recently come in to possession of a couple of old MAC laptops - a Powerbook 190cs (with 68LC040 - needs repairing) and a Powerbook 5300cs (with PowerPC 603e).

I see from Daniele's site that there is an older version of Q-Emulator stated to run on PowerPCs (mentioning 68k CPUs, curiously...) and have downloaded the .SIT file, but can't find any documentation for this older version that would give any clue as to the spec needed to run it - and whether it would support either or both of those two PowerBook models I've acquired.

I purchased the Windows version of Q-Em and still use it to test software as it's closer to a real QL than QPC...

Thought I'd post here before bothering Daniele directly...

Any ideas?


Hi Martyn,

I had a similair idea with a Powerbook a while ago, but enquiring to Daniele, the new MAC version only runs on Intel Macs. The (very) old one runs on PPC until OS 9 and perhaps on early versions of OS X, but not under Leopard.

So I sold the Powerbook on ebay.

I run the registered version of Windows Q-emulator on Mint Linux under Wine, which runs very smoothly.

I have some old eeePC netbooks, which could run Q-emulator easily under Windows.


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Re: QEmulator support for old MAC Powerbooks...

Postby martyn_hill » Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:11 am

Thanks Derek

These two models are both loaded with System 7.x - I'll have a play and see whether they are workable with the legacy version of Q-Em.

I wonder if that older version can run SMSQ-E like Q-Em v3.x can...


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Re: QEmulator support for old MAC Powerbooks...

Postby Derek_Stewart » Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:53 pm

Hi Martyn,

If you have any hardware problems with the Powerbooks. I have service msnuals to cover all the models you have.


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Re: QEmulator support for old MAC Powerbooks...

Postby M68008 » Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:20 pm

In addition to what Derek said, if you have an old PPC machine with System 7, in theory you may be able to run the PPC version of Q-emulator. But it's an even older version than the 68K one and no SMSQ/e support either.



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