Fuse 1.5.3 released

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Re: Fuse 1.5.3 released

Post by druellan » Sun May 06, 2018 10:48 pm

serbalgi wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 9:51 pm
I'd say the main part is working. From the Fuse's manual:
Fuse supports emulating the DISCiPLE disk and printer interface, although it does not currently support emulation of the Sinclair Network, or support emulation of a DISCiPLE attached to a 128K machine [...]
Yeah, is not working on 128k and does not honor the drive setup for quite some time now, that's why I was wondering if the developer has abandoned the support.
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Re: Fuse 1.5.3 released

Post by Nomad » Mon May 07, 2018 1:32 am

MrPixel wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 10:17 pm
did it add support for QL emulation? zx80,81 and compatibles? what about the clones?
QL was a Motorola 68008, I wouldn't expect that to be emulated by fuse any time soon. There is another question - if you add support for these new systems like z80, z81. Who is going to continue the development after the initial excitement is over and the new guy who said yes to supporting the system leaves? It will fall to the original devs who already have a ton of work just trying to support the existing systems on offer to take on this extra work. Who does that benefit? you end up with a partially supported system, angry/dissapointed users and you already said you would expand the scope of the emulator by then.. You can understand why they would avoid taking on more work even if the system was z80 based.
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Re: Fuse 1.5.3 released

Post by stefrobb » Mon May 07, 2018 6:01 am

PeterJ wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 5:01 pm
@stefrobb which Antivirus are you using? I know it's not the best, but I just use Microsoft Defender. I'm lucky enough to have an actual Soectranet and did have to open the appropriate ports on my BT router when I used that.
I'm using MS Security Essentials, but I don't really think it's that. I really have poked about in the registry and system files in ways that I probably shouldn't have over the years—that's probably left a mark! It's a shame that Fuse fails on this test when there's no Spectranet present, it should at least start. The failure, or otherwise, of this test should only really be an issue if you do have a Spectranet, but as it stands the test prevents me from using Fuse at all.
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Re: Fuse 1.5.3 released

Post by serbalgi » Mon May 07, 2018 10:09 pm

druellan wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 10:48 pm
Yeah, is not working on 128k and does not honor the drive setup for quite some time now, that's why I was wondering if the developer has abandoned the support.
Original developer isn't active these days and there was an unknown behaviour on actual 128k, so development hasn't progressed in this area.

Please, could you give more details about the drive setup issue? I don't understand what's going on.
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Re: Fuse 1.5.3 released

Post by serbalgi » Mon May 07, 2018 10:12 pm

stefrobb wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 6:01 am
I'm using MS Security Essentials, but I don't really think it's that. I really have poked about in the registry and system files in ways that I probably shouldn't have over the years—that's probably left a mark! It's a shame that Fuse fails on this test when there's no Spectranet present, it should at least start. The failure, or otherwise, of this test should only really be an issue if you do have a Spectranet, but as it stands the test prevents me from using Fuse at all.
Agreed. Unfortunately Fuse for Windows doesn't know if Spectranet will be enabled later in the session and really bad things will happen if a firewall is blocking Fuse, so the less bad scenario is refusing to start on a restrictive environment. I'll give another go to this issue.
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Re: Fuse 1.5.3 released

Post by serbalgi » Mon May 07, 2018 10:27 pm

MrPixel wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 10:17 pm
did it add support for QL emulation? zx80,81 and compatibles? what about the clones?
I think Fuse team prefer to focus on spectrum families, but would be happy if anyone takes the source code to start a spin-off.
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Re: Fuse 1.5.3 released

Post by Z80 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:18 pm

Fuse does work with the MGT+D emulation on the emulated 128K. I'm currently programming with this setup. The only detail I could complain about would be the necessity to mount the drives every time you launch Fuse (storing the drives setup along with the emulated machine setup would be nice), and the absence of autosave, so you have to manually save the emulated disk files before exiting (you're also asked to do so if you forget before closing Fuse, fortunately).

Actually, I'm saving the current drive everytime I save my work to it, just in case...

Other than that, it works great, and I've always appreciated the simplified syntax (e.g. verify pn after saving a file)

In fact, the detail I appreciate the most about Fuse is you can use the cursor, delete and Esc (for Edit) keys plus a bunch of other direct keys for the most useful Caps + Symbol Shift combinations. For an unknown reason, almost all the other emulators fail to add more keys than the original (and horrible) rubber keyboard, as if there had never been any Spectrum+ in the universe...

I almost never used the rubber keyboard, as the first modification I've done on my good old issue 3b 48k Speccy was to rewire an old TRS-80 keyboard and connect it to the Speccy using ribbon cable directly soldered to the motherboard... The cursor and other special keys were wired savage-wise using diodes, so sometimes a few strokes were missed here and there because of the keyboard polling timing, but at least I could really type ! :D

Anyway, I'm glad Fuse took this into consideration. It's been the first reason why I dropped all the other emulators I've tried. The worst being emulation on Windows Phones, as they still insist on only bringing the stupid rubber keyboard, when there's plenty of room on the touchscreen to draw a Spectrum+ one...
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Re: Fuse 1.5.3 released

Post by Guesser » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:31 pm

Z80 wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:18 pm
Fuse does work with the MGT+D emulation on the emulated 128K. I'm currently programming with this setup. The only detail I could complain about would be the necessity to mount the drives every time you launch Fuse (storing the drives setup along with the emulated machine setup would be nice)
You should be able to mount one drive by adding a plusddisk setting to the fuse config file (at least I just tested the equivalent plus3disk which works). The ability to mount individual drives would indeed be good though.
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Re: Fuse 1.5.3 released

Post by druellan » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:37 pm

Hi Z80.
Z80 wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:18 pm
Fuse does work with the MGT+D emulation on the emulated 128K.
Yes, but I'm referring specifically to the Disciple emulation.
The +D emulation does work on both 48k and 128k, but does not seem to honor the settings about tracks and sides of the disk image, at least, I'm not able to read some 40-track images, while other emulators like ZXSpin/SpecEmu/Eightyone have no problems with them.
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Re: Fuse 1.5.3 released

Post by Fred » Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:22 am

druellan wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:37 pm
does not seem to honor the settings about tracks and sides of the disk image
Could you describe what exactly you mean here? By default Fuse emulates a double-sided 80 track disk drive for the +D. What 40 track images are you using, what are you doing with them and what are you expecting to happen? :)
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