USB Keyboard on Apple IIe – Retroconnector

September 20, 2018

The Logitech Wireless K750 Keyboard for Mac is working flawlessly with my Apple IIe via the purple Retroconnector Keyboard Interface card for the Apple IIe. I say purple since their latest version is white. See link below. I’ve had this older card for a while but just yesterday installed it. I’ve been performing tests for a few days with no issues. The Command, option, control keys work as do the arrow keys, and the 10 keypad on the right side. Thrilled. The pass through connection from the actual IIe Keyboard is working also. That is how I perform control-resets. This older version of the card can not handle keyboards with usb hubs while the new version can.

https://www.tindie.com/products/option8/retroconnector-keyboard-interface-for-apple-iie/

http://retroconnector.com/products/apple-ii/usb-keyboard-interface-for-apple-iie/

Below you see it under the right side of the case. [ The new version uses a slot but does not interfere with operations ]. It took some finagling to get it under there and plugged in. But once you’ve done it a few times, no issue.

Here’s the Logitech Keyboard. Readily available on eBay. I had mine for a couple years before I unboxed it. [ long story ].

[ Note: the Option Keys are Open-Apple and Closed-Apple, left and right respectively]

Here’s a picture of newer version on Retroconnector.com

Below are snapshots of my using it with pfs:Write and PublishIt 4.

Here’s picture from HDMI-Scart Monitor:

Below pics are on composite monitor and I’ve reduced resolution to save space.

The IIe with its other stuff.

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Links Pro for MacOS iBook and Mac OS 8 or 9 – Golf

September 1, 2018

I’ve been playing LinksPro on my Performa 6214CD Mac (OS 8.50 for some time. That version is from 3.5″ disks. I just recently loaded, via a CD version, LinksPro on to my Clamshell iBook (OS 9.2.2). It runs great.

Here are some pictures. Plus some peculiarities I’ve run into. Here’s link to all courses for Links Pro and LinksLS plus games themselves.

http://macintoshgarden.org/games/links-pro

Added these 5 courses no problem. Each has it’s own installer.

Recently acquired the Firestone course. It came on 3.5″ disks and the iBook would not recognize the 2nd 3.5 Disk. I tried 3 different usb 3.5 external drives. None worked. However, there was no issue installing on my Performa 6214CD Mac running MacOS 8.5.

So, what I did was copy the installed Firestone course file and the Firestone Links Extra file from the Performa to 1.44 HD 3.5 disks. Then I copied these to the respective folders on the iBook. BINGO! Firestone now runs on my iBook.


Jack Nicklaus Golf for Apple IIGS

August 23, 2018

Publishing this now. I thought I published this ages ago.

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/jack-nicklaus-greatest-18-holes-of-major-championship-golf

You really need a TransWarpGS or ZipGSX to play this because the screen draws are horribly slow. Plus a hard drive like today’s equivalents, MicroDrive Turbo or CFFA. How Accolade could have put this out is beyond me. Of course, with today’s emulators it can be fun.

There’s a reason they call them Championship Courses. They are very difficult. Lots of out of bounds and the greens can be incredibly difficult. What makes the greens tough is you can’t see the slope of the green after the hole itself. The game tells you degree of break and up hill or downhill to the hole, but that’s all. I’ve missed more than one hole by less than a foot and have the ball roll 10-15 feet by or even off the green. And they tend to have the pins in the center of multiple slopes. Try it!

These pictures were taking on my Toshiba Monitor with HDMI connection via Scart adapter. That is why they are widescreen shots.

Here’s regular screen dimensions.


New Battery for my Blue Clamshell iBook

August 21, 2018

Finally bought the replacement battery for my Blue iBook. I had one in my Tangerine iBook and it was doing well after a full year. (I use it very infrequently) The new battery is 5200 mAh versus the old 4400. When first charging, it took a good 15-20 minutes to get off 0%. But then it moved very nicely up to 100%. This iBook boots to either OS 10.3.9 or MacOS 9.2.2. Images for both are below..

Showing remaining time.

Following images are LinksPro Golf running macOS 9.2.2 on the same iBook.


Concentration for Apple II – Game Time

August 19, 2018

Fun to play, especially on a FastChip//e accelerator.

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


Apple II – Computer Images imported to PublishIt

August 12, 2018

Just some fun. I scoured many Print Shop, Newsroom, etc Disk Images to find as many graphics as I could. Publish imports both DOS and ProDos images so here’s a pdf at my Dropbox site. The picture below is just page one. If anyone has other images let me know what disk and I’ll try to get it at Asimov or other sites.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/y9cuzhbgkd36sut/PubItAppleComputerGraphics.pdf?dl=0


Virtual II Emulator v8.6 – my upgrade from 7.4

August 11, 2018

I finally upgraded from Virtual II v7.4 to 8.6. It seemed to reach that critical mass of new features and fixes. I downloaded the new app, moved the old app version out of its directory and copied the new app in its place. http://virtualii.com/

For earlier versions, some that run on G4’s, see link at bottom of this page.

From there I just began starting my saved Virtual II sessions. Here are a few in the list:

Prodos32 ✔️, OmniDisk Hard Drive versions of AppleWorks, Copy II+

Fishies ✔️, AleClock, ✔️ MouseDesk2 ✔️, GEOWrite ✔️, GEOPublish, ✔️ pfs:Write, ✔️PublishIT4, and many others.

There were some instances of crashing but once I rebooted the session everything thereafter was fine.

Here are some pictures:

[ Note: check out the comments for Todd Holcomb’s follow-up on bug with the Devices not being displayed in – you just need to go to drop down in top menu and select show devices ]

The screen below illustrates the variety of saved sessions I play with.

One significant difference I noticed was in the increase print quality of GeoWrite and GeoPublish apps. Here are the afters and before pictures:

This is the whole 1st page which I just updated. I did NOT bold the entry of August 11, 2018 so you can see difference.

For earlier versions that run on Mac OS 10.4 on G4s Check here. I have an earlier version running on my iMac G4 “flower pot” computer.

ftp://ftp.apple.asimov.net/pub/apple_II/emulators/virtual_II/