Simply put vMac is a quick & fast Mac Plus emulator. That being said, it will emulate a 68000 cpu with 4 (yes, FOUR) megabytes of ram.
Now you will need a ROM from a plus Macintosh in order to run this. I actually did own a plus (it made a good foot rest), but before I moved I ripped the ROM, and trashed it.
vMac started in the late 1990â€™s but has been largely abandoned. But not to worry, this is where mini vMac stepped in, and took over the torch as it were.
Mini vMac can be downloaded here:
The good news is that itâ€™s small, and portable so you can pick this up for several platforms. And yes, there is a version for PowerPC Macs so you can run some super ancient software with system 6 and prior on System 8/9 PowerMacs.
Assuming you have your rom in a file called vmac.rom you are almost ready to go! Now you need a copy of the operating system. Luckily Apple has made systems prior to 7.6 free, and you can download them from here:
And the System 7.5.3 updater:
Although for the first timer, I â€˜d recommend something like this:
to get up & running quickly.
Now Iâ€™d highly recommend a utility called HFVExplorer. This will let you create a â€˜hardfileâ€™ to simulate a hard disk, and allow you to move files youâ€™ve downloaded into your hardfile. You can find a copy here:
A good utility to have on the mac side is DiskCopy. You can download a copy from Apple here:
If you still have legacy 400k, 800k floppies you will require a real Mac to read them. They are formatted in a different method that a PC cannot read. However this changed with the high density drives (super drivers they were called) which a PC can at least read/write raw disk images of them.
Putting it all together:
Ok with mini vMac, your rom, a hard disk file & the system 7 boot disk you should have enough to have a booting instance. It should be about that simple.
I happen to love this game Captain Blood, and I found a copy for the Macintosh and using HFVExplorer I just move it into my disk file, unstuff & run.
The whole point is that this ancient game bypasses the toolbox for video calls and will crash on the Powermac I just bought, however itâ€™ll run fine in emulation.
Next up weâ€™ll cover the PowerMac emulationâ€¦!