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.
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.
File half size.
Here I’ve start up a real IIGS application.
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.
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