8 MB Card in IIGS – A2Heaven ProDOS in ROM Card

August 23, 2020

This was an interesting card developed and sold a couple years ago by Plamen of A2Heaven for the IIGS. It is built with ProDOS 2.4.1 in 512k of Rom, and with 8MB of memory. Boots to 2.4.1 instantaneously, if that’s your goal. You can bypass that and use it as just an 8MB card. I have earlier posts on my original install. It also had a battery which I hoped would keep ram alive after turning off IIGS or rebooting. But IIGS wipes the control of that feature on boot up. Here’s the link to my original post.


Here, I was testing the 8MB only after dislodging the ROM component.

Full card – no longer sold.

Above is the full card.

Link to card on A2Heaven.


Here is the card with only the 8MB component.
Here is the card without the Rom component. It’s next to my CFFA3000 card. I had to remove the Rom piece as it was touching/pushing the USB cable on the CFFA3000.
Another angle
Another shot.

Apple IIe 8MB card 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 Garrett’s Workshop

August 13, 2020

Just purchased and installed in my Platinum IIe.

It’s an 8MB Card for the Apple IIe replacing a RamWorks card and a 1MB Apple memory card. I’ve been running AppleWorks 5 with numerous inits, macros and TimeOut applications. Loads and works fine. Also, playing lots of games from the Total Replay 32MB 2mg image.

The card install. Lots of slot space.

RAM2E II (GW4203B) provides the Apple IIe with 8 MB of auxiliary memory and enables double- high-resolution graphics and 80-column text display modes.
Low-Power, SDRAM-Based Design
Thanks to a modern, low-power design, RAM2E II uses a maximum of 0.2 watts when idle (40 mA @ 5V) and 0.3W in active use (60 mA @ 5V). Unlike other IIe auxiliary memory cards, which are built with vintage asynchronous DRAM chips, RAM2E II uses modern SDRAM. This design allows for low power consumption and improved reliability over other memory cards using 15+ year old chips.
Small Size, Low-Profile
RAM2E II features a small board outline and is the thinnest Apple IIe auxiliary memory card ever produced, at under 4mm thin. Small and thin dimensions improve the mechanical compatibility between RAM2E II and peripheral cards installed into the IIe’s Slot 1.
Adjustable Capacity, Highly Compatible
RAM2E II is highly compatible with existing software. An adjustable capacity feature allows the memory size to be set to 64 kB, 512 kB, 1 MB, 4 MB, or 8 MB, improving compatibility with software expecting a particular memory capacity. Capacity settings can be set temporarily or saved in nonvolatile memory. The capacity adjustment utility is available on our website, http://garrettsworkshop.com.

Utility Menu
Loading TimeOut Applications
RamWorks, Apple 1MB, Disk Card, BOOTi
RamWorks Card that was replaced.
Apple 1MB Card

IIGS – CDEVs, NDAs, CDAs, Finder Extras – Desktop Accessories

July 12, 2020

Here is the set up of my IIGS Rom03 and all the Control Panel, Finder Extras and Desktop Accessories installed. [ Note: the finder listings are at the end of this post ] (you can find them in the Systems Add-Ons image here on Alex Lee’s) site: http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/

A great write up by Alex Lee on System Add-Ons.


I did not include pictures for all the items. The more involved items Phantasm Twilight have dedicate posts

Space taken up by my desktop accessories, etc.

My Clock Works desktop accessory. Puts the clock and date in upper right hand corner.

The Keyboard Desktop Accessories are very handy for previewing your font changes



The infamous Kit Cat Clock. Mostly seen on Macs.

Periodic Table of Elements

World Time Zones

Wombat for my IIGS – It’s a bidirectional ADB-to-USB and USB-to-ADB converter for keyboards and mice

June 6, 2020

My “Wombat” from BigMessOWires arrived. ADB-USB. Here I’m using a Tangetine iMac keyboard and a laser mouse on my TranswarpGS. The keyboard is an International version. This leads to some fun typing situations. I’m waiting for the case now that they’re back in stock. Case arrived:


Here are some pictures: It works great!

My 16 MHz TransWarpGS with Wombat, WiModem232OLED, FloppyEmu-C, and HDMI converter. There are numerous blog entries available here on each device…including cards inside the IIGS.

I’ve run numerous applications without issue; AppleWorksGS, BeagleWriteGS, Mean18 Golf, ProTerm, Bank Street Writer Plus, Jack Nicklaus Golf, etc.



Case II

International Keyboard

X end for today.

Switcheroo – A Drive 1-2 Switch for Apple II Computers

May 27, 2020

Switcheroo! is a Drive 1-2 switch for Apple Disk ][ compatible devices (devices with a 20 pin ribbon cable) including Disk ][, FloppyEmu, wDrive, etc. It features two 20 pin drive headers (A,B) into which you plug your devices.

The first of two selector switches allows you to select which of the devices (A or B) is Drive 1 (the boot device), with the other device being recognised by the system as Drive 2.

The second selector switch allows you to hide Drive 2 from the system – in this mode the unit functions purely as a Drive A, B switch where one of the devices connected to the A B headers will be Drive 1 and bootable.

Switcheroo! allows you to easily switch the boot device without having to unplug cables (and risk damaging the hardware) – just flip the switch. This is very handy when testing physical disks that you have created from images (copied from an emulated floppy drive) – boot your copy utility off the emulated floppy, load the source disk, copy to physical, flip the switch and test that the physical disk boots.

I recently bought and installed this on my Platinum IIe. I had a wDrive Emulator from KbooHK [ see other blog entry https://vintagegeek.wordpress.com/2019/10/05/wdrive-apple-ii-floppy-drive-emulator-by-kboohk/ ] and a regular Disk ][ 5.25″ Drive. I like the wDrive since you can boot from many disk images, including 3.5 (800k) and larger. But there are some things where the 5.25 with original media is better (more fun).

Here’s my setup with the Switcheroo, the Disk ][ and the wDrive. A little clumsy looking but I just started. [ ignore the db19 drive adapter Card in the background. That’s for a completely different configuration ].

The disk ][.

The wDrive.

System Utilities running from Disk ][.

Below is the Pinball Construction Set running from its original 5.25 Disk.

Below is Paperboy.woz running from the wDrive. Yes, a woz image.



You can order the Switcheroo! Via eBay.

Apple II BOOTI USB Hard Drive Emulator Card

April 12, 2020

The BOOTI card is a block device emulator that allows you to mount up to 8 devices in any Apple II (II/II+/original IIe/enhanced IIe/IIgs). Disk images can be in .po/.dsk/.2mg/.iso/.hdv/.do, as long as the image is in ProDOS block order (not track/sector order). The BOOTI card supports two modes:

The block mode for basic block devices access. This mode is limited to 65535 blocks of 0x200 bytes each for a total of 32 MB storage.
The SmartPort mode. This mode offers up to eight devices in ProDOS and GS/OS. In GS/OS, the size of a device is limited to 8GB provided that you use either an HFS volume or an ISO image.

Website for ordering.


Here are pictures from their website and a few of my own.

Below is the desktop for it. The link to download the 2mg file is below. Just fun to have.





Below is my install.

A variety of 32MB images and others.

My setup is an Apple Platinum//e with LCD by Eyoyo.

AppleWorks in process.

Dig Dug

pfs:Plan in process.


Designasaurus for Apple IIGS

March 16, 2020

Just picked up these four original 3.5″ disks. Good fun. I ran Designasaurus by booting the disk directly, and also starting it under GSOS 6.0.1. Both ways were fine.

Designasaurus is an interesting educational application. Simple to run but extraordinarily limited in actual number of dinosaurs you can mix and match fossil parts. [ only 3 ] However, there are 12 Dinosaurs you can print on paper or t-shirt.



When you want to print it appears on the screen as white lines on black. This concerned me as I didn’t want to use all my ink. I took a chance and it did print as black lines on white paper background. Here are pictures to illustrate.

Here is the picture on the screen.

Page 1 is the actual picture. Since was my first print job I printed in draft mode.

Page 2 is the facts.




DinoGolf 2020 – Mean18 Golf – Updated

February 29, 2020

Here is my update of DinoGolf for 2020. There have been changes for every hole from 2019.

There is a link for the disk image and a link to a pdf which illustrates each hole.



This requires the Mean18 Program Disk for the IIGS of course.

I run the program image directly from my FloppyEmu attached to the IIGS SmartPort. You have to boot the game directly from the program image. Make sure you change the boot slot to 5 in the IIGS control panel. You can keep your course images elsewhere and select them via Mean18 Select course option. I keep the courses I use on my CFFA3000’s boot drive. My CFFA3000 Card is in slot 7. That’s why I need to change boot slots.

You can get an image of the program disk here.



iMac G4 – 10.4.11 and 9.2 – Flower Pot (Lamp) with Apple II Emulators

February 21, 2020

This is my iMac G4 Flower Pot. I’ve had it for a few years now, and used it a lot. I didn’t realize I hadn’t written a blog entry until today.

Besides using it to run vintage Mac software, I also run Apple II emulators on it. Virtual II and Sweet16 both have versions which run on this earlier version of Mac OS X. Lots of links at bottom of this post. I also have a FireWire Drive attached running os9.2 with its apps and games too. See pics.

Here is a picture running “mini vMac“, Virtual II, AND Sweet16.


Here’s the startup Desktop. Date and time just updated. It has an Airport Card.

Here are the specs for the G4. I upgraded it to 768 MB shortly after I bought it. Pretty straight forward.

Here is the directory of mini vMac items. The mini vMac blog entry on this site has links to all kinds of disk configurations.

Booted up mini vMac. Have clock timer and TopCat clock in startup.

Here is the Virtual II Emulator. It’s a version 6. See link below to directory to download it.

Playing Concentration Game.

Booting up Sweet16.

Sweet16 Desktop.

Although this early version can play movies the 800 MHz isn’t powerful enough.












Here it is with the FireWire Drive plugged in and it’s os9.2.

Start up selection screen – preferences.

MacOS 9.2 starting up.

Various MacOS 9 apps running.

MacOS 9 apps with 2020 Calendar.

Star Trek Trivia Game.

Gam3 player selection.

The TenFourFox browser.




HDMI Switcher

February 10, 2020

I bought this because I ran out of hdmi ports on my tv. I have 4 on the tv, but needed a 5th.

So I bought this HDMI Switch which is still functioning nicely after a few months.



It’s a manual switch.