DOSBox for Mac OS X – Run old DOS Games, etc.

January 21, 2020

I’ve been using DOSBox on my MacBook Pro for a few years now to run old DOS games like Pharaohs Tomb, Commander Keen, etc. FUN FUN FUN. Links are at the end of the post.










Here are links to its home page for downloads, tutorials and manuals.

If you want to see many videos on how to use it search Google with DOSBox OSX.

Links to many many games.

AppleWorks 5.1, 4.3, 3.01, 2. No-Slot Clock in Virtual IIe plus TimeOut Apps Yearly Calendar 

January 27, 2020

I’ve managed to install four versions of AppleWorks on my OmniDisk in Virtual II Emulator. I’ve also been testing various TimeOut Applications. AppleWorks 5.1 and 4.3 come with many of the TimeOut functions built in. So I’ve been trying lots of the other add-ons published separately to see what is out there. Here’s a link to startup video:

Here is a link to lots of the stuff: Link updated 1/27/2020.

Here is my OmniDisk 32 MB HardDrive in Virtual II. This Super Selector is a pretty nice text based Launcher. It has Quick-Keys you can set up. You can see Closed-Apple-F is for AppleWorks 5.1. There’s an extra step to setting up the Quick-Keys which isn’t noted in the process. Easy, once you know. I’ll post the Steps at the End.

In Virtual II Emulator I always had the No-Slot Clock selected but I wasn’t seeing the time-stamps showing up on files. Then a light bulb finally went on. I had to Install it on the Boot Disk and run the Setup. So I downloaded the ProDOS version:

Time stamps finally showing up.

Also, I grabbed the TimeOut TO.ABOUT.TIME application (from link at top) because it has yearly calendars for every year. It turns out there are 14 types of years. The Calendar.A turns out to be 2017.

I’ve been working with the Super Selector v3.2.2 on the Hard Drive (Virtual and Real) on the Apple IIe. I wanted to change some of the “Quick-Keys” which startup  programs you assign to them.  It turns out the entry of the information is easy. However, the saving  your entry process is has an extra step not noted in the screens process. Quick-Key Setup.

1) You use the Open-Apple-Q to bring up the Menu of Quick-Keys.

2) From there you select the Quick-Key you’d like to change by scrolling to it
and hitting the Return Key. This brings up the edit menu for that item.

3) You change the Title of the Quick-Key on the top line and the path on the
second line.

4) Then you select Open-Apple-A to Accept.
[ the Accept box disappears ]

5) Lastly, you a) hit esc to go back to the Main Menu b) Then type Open-
Apple-O to go to the Options Screen and then c) you save permanently with Open-Apple-S. You’ll see the box blink a little.

On the Save screen there are other configuration options. See below:

[ Super Selector 3.2.2 ].

Not only are you saving the Quick-Key you just Setup, but also the location. In my case I run from a Hard Drive (OmniDisk in the Emulator as well as SCSI Drive in real lle) so Slot 7 Drive 1 is the selection. When you use Open-Apple-S to Save the Config you’ll see the Box with “Save Copy” change to semi-solid background until save is completed.

Santa Trash Can Icon for IIGS Desktop

December 25, 2019
I’ve posted the Santa Trash Can picture before. For those that want it.
It can be found in the Systems Add-Ons download here at Alex Lee’s site.
The are many many System Add-on files so keep scrolling.

TransWarpGS 16 MHz 7 MHz and IIGS Stock 2.8 MHz Compared

December 9, 2019

TransWarpGS Examples: ( just for fun )

Since there have been some discussions on IIGS speed enhancement yes/no, etc. I thought I’d post some videos comparing a specific task. Here are IIGS Accelerator [ TransWarpGS] examples at IIGS Normal, IIGS TransWarpGS 7 MHz and IIGS TransWarpGS 16 MHz.
These are three different computers. All are operating a high speed drive (MicroDrive Turbo, CFFA3000 or an actual SCSI Hard Drive.
Short videos are the painting of the screen in Jack Nicklaus Golf. The 10th hole of Desert Mountain.
7 MHz
16 MHz

Apple II Sites – My Favourites

October 8, 2019

Here are some of my favorite sites for Apple II stuff.

wDrive – Apple II Floppy Drive Emulator by KbooHK

October 5, 2019

Update: November 9, 2019 [this chart just published by KbooHK]

Having great fun with my new KbooHK Apple II Emulator. Loaded up hundreds of images. Quick switching between multi sided disk games. Like SoftDisk Sides A, B, C, D.

wDrive is a 5.25” floppy drive emulator for Apple Disk II.

You attach it directly to the Disk ][ interface card.
o Supports Apple II 5.25” floppy disk image format in nib, edf, dsk, do, po and woz(1.0 and 2.0).
o Supports 13-sector disk images, press ‘LEFT’ button once when booting 13-sector images.
o Supports 32M, 800k 2mg/ hdv images via the SmartPort interface.
o Supports softSP, which is a software driver to implement smartport protocol so that Apple II machines without smartport interface can use device through Disk II interface. It requires the optional softSP card.
o Support SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card. [ no card is included ]
o SD card File system use Fat16/Fat32.

FloppyEmu WARNING: Using with FloppyEmu will harm the FloppyEmu circuit board unless you………read the article in this link.

Below is the basic product needed to run all those 100s of dsk images downloaded from or Asimov.

Below is a snapshot from their web page.

Here is a picture of my IIe. The card in slot 7 goes to external Floppy when I need it.

Disk ][ card

KbooHK with numerous disk image types.

Here’s the softSP Card Accessory required to run the larger disk images. It emulates a SmartPort.

Here’s pfs:Plan running.

Lots of Floppy images. I have 4 folders with between 75-90 images in each.





This is a screenshot of the device created for AppleWin Emulator.

Daisy Chainer from BMOW FloppyEmu Enhancement IIGS

September 17, 2019

One issue FloppyEmu folks have had was you couldn’t boot from the FloppyEmu on a IIGS with another drive attached. Therefore you can’t copy files to/from FloppyEmu to another drive without some internal cards in the IIGS for other drives. So the Daisy Chainer offered some solutions. I have both a FloppyEmu B and FloppyEmu C. For this I used the B. One thing…you most likely need to update your FloppyEmu Firmware.

I have been playing with the Daisy Chainer on my IIGS. Apple’s rules of Drive Order still stand. Your 3.5 drives must be plugged in first to the SmartPort, then the Daisy Chainer with FloppyEmu, and then 5.25 drives attached to the chainer.
However, in this configuration you can NOT boot from the FloppyEmu given the 3.5 drive is first. So…….

[ Note: If you eliminate the 3.5″ drive you can boot from the FloppyEmu and have the 5.25″ drive available. ]

=>> To boot from the FloppyEmu and have 1-3.5″ and 1-5.25″ Drive you need to do the following:

There’s a Menu selection called SmartPort Unit #2 Mode. You can use this to boot the FloppyEmu (I boot to GSOS 6.0.1) when it’s chained to a 3.5 which is connected to the IIGS SmartPort. It’s Pretty cool. See pics below. A picture of my cabling setup is at the end of the blog.


With everything attached: [ 3.5…FloppyEmu…5.25 boot the IIGS ].

You do a reset on the FloppyEmu Select and SmartPort Unit #2 Mode.

Loader screen:

The IIGS will see the empty 3.5 drive first and give you this:

But you’ll see your SmartPort images listed on the FloppyEmu.

Hit Control-Reset to get to a basic prompt and enter the following:

Hit return and it finds Unit #2 (the FloppyEmu) and starts up.

Here is the FloppyEmu reading….lights a blazing.

Here’s my Configuration. [ this IIGS has Manila’s VGA Adapter ]

Here I’ve inserted a 3.5 disk called ProDOS2.4.1

Here, I’ve inserted a 5.25 Floppy Disk. Then opened it. For some reason I have to click on APPLEDISK525B. YES, “B”. I don’t know why.

Here I’m running PublishIt 4 from the GSHardDrive Image.

Open file.

File half size.

Here I’ve start up a real IIGS application.

Pic 2

Pic 3

Here is my setup.

Above you see other items in the IIGS. Left to right: 1) 6 MB GS Plus Memory card 2) SCSI Card (drive off-line for this) 3) TransWarpGS. The IIGS is a rom 01 so I have added battery connector. The white box on the video Port is the vga adapter by Manila. There’s a fan attached too.

Pictures that follow are from the BMOW (Big Mess O’Wires) site.



Product Description

The Daisy Chainer adapter provides an easy way to combine your Floppy Emu disk emulator with other Apple II disk drives, forming a daisy chain connected to the Apple II. Every computer in the Apple II family supports some type of daisy chaining, and the Apple IIgs supports up to six drives in a single chain – a great feature! With the Daisy Chainer, a mix of real and emulated disk drives can be combined into a single daisy chain for maximum flexibility.


  • automatic configuration, no user setup required
  • enables attachment of real or emulated downstream drives, after the Floppy Emu in the daisy chain
  • improved compatibility and Floppy Emu drive type detection for upstream drives


The End