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.
Stock
https://youtu.be/iq1YKGG6uZA
7 MHz
https://youtu.be/3FBmORwTGg4
16 MHz
https://youtu.be/k-OTywc6rJY


Apple II Sites – My Favourites

October 8, 2019

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

https://console5.com/store/accessories/memory-cards.html

http://www.apple-2.com/

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/

https://www.reactivemicro.com/

http://www.apple2online.com/

http://www.a2heaven.com/webshop/index.php

http://www.virtualii.com/

https://www.bigmessowires.com/floppy-emu/

https://www.ebluejay.com/store/Apple2OnlineStore?cat=4024002

http://kboohk.com/cart/index.php?route=product/category&path=59

https://www.cbmstuff.com/proddetail.php?prod=WiModem232OLED

https://www.tindie.com/stores/option8/

http://a2central.com/

ftp://ftp.apple.asimov.net/pub/apple_II/images/

https://archive.org/details/apple_ii_library_4am

https://www.macgui.com/downloads/

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/projects/cassettes/apple/index.html

https://archive.org/details/openapplemagazine

https://console5.com/store/catalogsearch/result/index/?p=2&q=Apple

http://www.sheppyware.net/software-mac/sweet16/

https://www.callapple.org/


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.
Features
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.

https://www.bigmessowires.com/2019/10/20/floppy-emu-softsp-warning/#comment-235975

http://kboohk.com/cart/index.php?route=product/product&path=59&product_id=50

http://kboohk.com/cart/index.php?route=product/product/download&product_id=50&download_id=13

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

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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.

https://www.bigmessowires.com/shop/product/daisy-chainer/

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.

https://www.bigmessowires.com/2019/05/03/floppy-emu-firmware-update-smartport-unit-2-mode/

Steps:

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.

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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.

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https://www.bigmessowires.com/shop/product/daisy-chainer/

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.

 
Features

  • 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

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AppleWorks 5 – AW.Inits, TimeOut plus Beagle Brothers TimeOut Applications

July 22, 2019

AppleWorks 5, from Quality Computers, comes with a good number of AW.Inits, and TimeOut Applications. The subject came up (thanks Alex Lee) regarding how many of above were on the AW5 Program Disk and Install Disk versus what I have displayed in my blog video. So here are some pics of standard items versus what I have installed from other Beagle Brothers disks. Plus a link to download AW5 and TimeOut Applications.

https://www.apple.asimov.net/images/productivity/integrated/appleworks/v5.0_quality_computers/

https://www.apple.asimov.net/images/productivity/integrated/appleworks/timeout/

Here is a catalog of AW5 Install Disk. You see Macros and UltraMacros.

Next. Here is the catalog of the Macros folder.

Here is the catalog of the UltraMacros folder.

Next

Here are the standard TimeOut Applications on the AW5 Program Disk.

Next – Here is the standard list of AW.Inits on the AW5 Program Disk.

Next: here is the catalog of the AW.Inits I have installed. I doubt it varies much from default.

Next: this is the folder listing of all the TimeOut Applications I’ve installed.

One note: the TO.Calendar app does not pop-up the Yearly Display of all 12 months. To get the 12 month picture you need to pull up the TO.CAL.INDEX.

Second note: once you get to AW4 and AW5 you may see incompatibilities with earlier versions of TimeOut Applications…e.g. DeskTools. You just need to be aware. There are almost always later versions that will work.

I’ll try to add links to my blog entries illustrating the fancier TimeOut Applications like SuperFonts, PickFont, Paint, AfterWork, etc.

https://vintagegeek.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/to-paint-for-appleworks-3-4-5-1-from-beagle-brothers/

https://vintagegeek.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/appleworks-5-1-4-3-3-01-2-no-slot-clock-in-virtual-iie-plus-timeout-apps-yearly-calendar/

https://vintagegeek.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/superfonts-for-appleworks-from-beagle-brothers/

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FloppyEmu Model – C for Apple II’s and Case Install

July 20, 2019

[revised July 20, 2019 with pictures of acrylic case assembling] Received my new FloppyEmu Model – C from BigMessoWires.com and plugged it into my IIGSs. I’ve been using the Model – B for a couple years now. I’ve posted a number of blog entries on the Model – B during that time. Have a look if interested in my experiences. The features are describedthe following link.

https://www.bigmessowires.com/shop/product/floppy-emu-model-c/

The Model – C has a much larger screen and also supports WOZ files. Here are a few pictures.

The Model-C arrived with Firmware 0.2f, 21.

Everything ran great. But, to use WOZ files I needed to upgrade the Firmware to 0.2G, 23.

Upgrading the Firmware was very straightforward. I downloaded the file, read and followed the instructions and completed in about 5 minutes total.

Now, WOZ is good.

Here are a couple screen shots WOZ images running on my IIGS. I connect the FloppyEmu to the SmartPort and in the IIGS Control Panel I Set the boot slot to 6.

The following is a picture of the Error Message before I upgraded The Firmware. It didn’t recognize WOZ file type.

https://www.bigmessowires.com/floppy-emu/#firmware

https://www.bigmessowires.com/floppy-emu/

Lastly is a picture of the 32MB image available when the FloppyEmu is set to SmartPort vs, 5.25, 3.5 or UniDisk 3.5.

An 800k 3.5 Image.

July 20, 2019 Finally got around to putting the acrylic case together.

Case together for fit. Now use the scotch tape to hold the sides together while installing. Note, to hold the push buttons in place you stick them in their holes and tape them from case top. Then, you put the whole top unit on as one piece. Screw the corners, then remove tape. You can also use a little Elmer’s Glue on the push button stems to hold them in place. Elmer’s worked best on the “Light” only stems. [ Elmer’s Glue is not permanent].

Case in process. Be careful with the LCD as it only has support on one side.

Case together hooked to my TransWarpGS 16MHz IIGS.


AppleWin v1.2.9.0 Apple II Emulator on Windows Computer

July 17, 2019

I run AppleWin in WindowsXP under Parallels on my iMac. This version v1.2.9.0 brings support for WOZ Images. I put screenshots of the AppleWin Configuration screens at the end.

https://github.com/AppleWin/AppleWin/releases/tag/v1.29.0.0

This separate image ( not part of AppleWin) has lots of games on it. http://www.turbo-2.com/apple/mb32c.zip

Frogger is terrific.

AppleWin Configuration Screens: Click the Joystick/Sound Icon.

Below are the disk assignments.

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