Switcheroo – A Drive 1-2 Switch for Apple IIs

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.

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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.

https://ct6502.org/product/apple-ii-booti/

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.

http://www.apple-2.com/vintage-dl/booti.zip

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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.

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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.

ftp://ftp.apple.asimov.net/pub/apple_II/images/educational/Designasaurus%20v2.12%20(4am%20crack).zip

ftp://ftp.apple.asimov.net/pub/apple_II/documentation/applications/misc/Designasaurus-Manual.pdf

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.

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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.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FwWPEABNmE_LW3VmL0Jt_utmVeGXr786/view?usp=drivesdk

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gr8GJXmkD5OApJtD6qQovvsG8rUbZesG/view?usp=drivesdk

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.

https://mirrors.apple2.org.za/ftp.apple.asimov.net/images/gs/games/

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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.

https://www.apple.asimov.net/emulators/virtual_II/

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.

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

https://vintagegeek.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/mini-vmac-emulator-of-early-macs/

https://www.gryphel.com/c/minivmac/index.html

https://www.gryphel.com/c/minivmac/dnld_std.html

https://sites.google.com/site/minivmacapplicationsv6/systems-os

https://sites.google.com/site/minivmacapplicationsv6/games

https://sites.google.com/site/minivmacapplicationsv6/disk-images-and-roms

https://sites.google.com/site/minivmacapplicationsv6/apps

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

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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.

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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.

Setup

Cables

It’s a manual switch.


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:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0pagxsmp82toatf/aw5%20ipod.m4v?dl=0

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

https://mirrors.apple2.org.za/ftp.apple.asimov.net/images/productivity/integrated/appleworks/timeout/

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.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ganv43vy8dyggvu/SUPSELECT322.dsk?dl=0


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:

https://ultimateapple2.com/forums/forum/main-forum/no-slot-clock-goes-under-the-ram-chip/250-no-slot-clock-software

Click to access No-Slot%20Clock%20-%20User%27s%20Manual.pdf




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.