2soniq Stereo Card from ManilaGear for Apple IIGS Rom3

December 30, 2017

Great. More info shortly. Purchased from ReactiveMicro. Played Christmas and Classical Diversi-Tune disks and Sound is awesome !!

Purchase site: https://www.reactivemicro.com/product/2soniq-stereo-sound-card-from-manila-gear/

User Manual: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3oJ2sC90wLwbktlVWEwVW9DZk0/view

2soniq card is it slot 4. Nishida DVI Adapter is center under power supply. A2Heaven 8MB IIGS8MRAM Card lower left. BigMessOWires Floppy Emu attached to SmartPort.

Diversi-Tune Disks: http://whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/diversi-tune-v1-1/

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Diversi-Tune for Apple IIGS

December 24, 2017

I downloaded the Diversi-Tune Program and Archive from Alex Lee’s site, plus the two cover pictures. Link is below. I was unable to make it work my Sweet16 Emulator. It would freeze trying to play the music. So I loaded it on to my FloppyEmu, plugged into my IIGS Rom3 and it ran perfectly. See link to my YouTube video below.

http://whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/diversi-tune-v1-1/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70vsLXP_ml4&feature=share

My pictures:

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CiderPress – Creating Disk Images from BXY Files

December 22, 2017

I downloaded a number of BXY files (filename.bxy) that contained Christmas art for Apple II Programs. In the example below I used PublishIt4 to import the individual pictures.

Anyway, the bxy files contained 24 pictures each but only 8 can fit on a 5.25 disk image. Here is a picture in CiderPress. You can also create a .2mg file containing all 24 files if you want. I created all 24 on a 800k.po file and then converted it to the 2mg. Works perfectly fine in the Virtual II Emulator as long as you configure Virtual II with SCSI drives. See earlier blog post on doing this. I think you can search on OmniDisk.

I used File, Open dropdown to view contents. Then, I selected the pictures I wanted. Next, go to Actions, Convert to disk archive. Following usual CiderPress actions, Name the volume, click OK, and then save file, use same name or different name. This gives you a filename.po image which I loaded to my Virtual IIe Emulator. Below is a snapshot of PublishIt4 printout of some of the pictures.

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IIGS8MRAM 8MB Memory card for Apple IIGS with ProDos 2.4.1 in ROM

December 22, 2017

Today, I retested the IIGS8MRAM 8MB RAM Card from a2Heaven in Bulgaria. When I tried it last year at this time I could not get it to boot to the hard drive image on the FloppyEMU from http://www.bigmessowires.com web site. It would only boot to the ProDos 2.4.1 unless I had a 3.5 Drive attached to the SmartPort.

Today, I did one change by setting the boot device in the IIGS Control Panel to slot 5, the SmartPort. The hard drive booted fine and the IIGS reported all the memory and the 2.4.1 Drive. I ran AppleWorksGS and GraphicWriter III, updating documents, spell checking, saving, and rebooting.

The card.

Listing of programs in ROM.

The card inserted. Note small size.

The GSHardDrive as boot device, with other devices on screen too.

The About Screen with memory allocations.

The Floppy Emu with the 4 drives listed.

Finder listing.

GraphicWriter III Title Screen

Running GraphicWriter III Spell Check.

The GraphicWriter III Directory with updated dates.

Accessories on screen.


FASTChip //e for Apple IIe – Accelerator Card from A2Heaven

December 17, 2017

Just installed my FASTChip //e In italics are the notes from the a2heaven.com website. Links to website and my videos are below.

Update May 31, 2018: I recently found my 5.25 pfs:Write disks and thought I’d try it with the FastChip//e and the DuoDisk drive. Interesting to watch.

May 31, 2018  I updated the file again today and then ran Spell Check or ‘Proofing’ as pfs:Write calls it. With the FastChip//e set to 8.3 MHz (random speed selection) the Dictionary disk never stopping spinning in drive one. Data disk in drive two. The document was over five pages long and the spell checking flew. The disks and screen never really stopped and barely slowed down as it flew through the document addressing probably over 1000 words. There were proofs required along the way since there were some misspellings, but also terms, like FastChip//e. Many of these needed to be added to the Personal Dictionary. It was fun to perform this check. Lastly, the word replacement special effect of pfs:write where it erases the word from right to left and types in the new word, was nearly instantaneous. 

November 22, 2017

I’ve been running a tests of PublishIt v4 startup time on the Apple //e with the FastChip//e.

*With the FastChip//e set at 10 MHz and running PublishIt from the SCSI drive it took 8 seconds to load.

*With the FastChip//e running at 1.0 MHz running from the SCSI drive it took 25 seconds.

*With the FastChip//e running at 1.0 MHz and PublishIt v4 running from a UniDisk 3.5 disk connected the Liron Controller Card in the //e it took 53 seconds to load. [ Note: The Apple //e has a RamWorks8M card made from a2Heaven. This card uses current day technology so it must provide some additional advantage when loading the fonts, et al into memory upon startup. The only way to see the difference would be for me to uninstall the RamWorks8M and reinstall the 1986 RamWorks 1M card by Applied Engineering. At the end of this post are links to YouTube videos of the above.

From the a2heaven website:

The FASTChip //e accelerates the Apple //e™ by replacing the on-board microprocessor with a much faster one. Because the memory on the Apple //e™ can only run at a 1 MHz speed maximum, faster memory (SRAM) must be provided to increase performance and allow the 65C02/65C816 CPU to run at full speed. To do this, the FASTChip //e contains 512KB/1024KB of fast SRAM memory. The clever design allows the acceleration of programs running in both main and auxiliary memory. The additional FASTChip //e memory can emulate both 192/448 KB fast RamWorks  compatible RAM and 256/512 KB fast RamFactor (slinky) compatible RAM.

FASTChip //e features

  • Easy to install card, installable in slot 1-7 of the Apple //e™, or Enhanced //e.
  • Does not mechanically interfere with the 80 column card in slot 3.
  • 65C02/65C816 microprocessor running at a clock rate of more than 16 MHz .
  • External Hardware Control Panel with controls and LED display.
  • CPU frequency can be changed real-time via rotary knob (0.2Mhz to 16.6Mhz).
  • Stop/Pause and Status buttons for easy control.
  • 4 digits x 7 segment LED display.
  • Built in 192/448 KB fast RamWorks compatible RAM.
  • Built in 256/512 KB fast RamFactor (Slinky) compatible RAM.
  • Low power design for cool operation.
  • Acceleration of programs running in both main and auxiliary memory.
  • Compatible with most interface and expansion cards for the Apple II/IIe.
  • Transparent operation with all Apple II software.
  • An easily accessed built-in software control panel lets you control processor speed, memory, joystick, speaker sound quality and many other options.

Picture above courtesy of Jorma Honkanen.

My actual //e Setup with FastChip//e, RamWorks8M card and SDFloppy II installed.

FastChip//e videos of PublishIT version 4 at 10 Mhz. A program essentially unusable on a IIe at 1 MHz.

[Note: I’m running PublishIt from a SCSI drive, not a floppy, unidisk 3.5, or SDFloppy, although programs ran fine from all three devices. But obviously SCSI is the fastest ] : unless you have a CFFA or MicroDrive Turbo.

https://youtu.be/njtTLMxZF-E

https://youtu.be/E0hqbxmvMJ4

http://www.a2heaven.com/webshop/index.php?rt=product/product&product_id=147

http://www.a2heaven.com/webshop/resources/pdf_document/18/82/c.pdf


Super Selector for Apple II ProDos – Quick Keys

December 17, 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.

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

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.


More ManilaGear VGA Adapter Screen Pictures

December 14, 2017

These are pictures of the settings on use on the Samsung Syncmaster 710N connected to the IIGS Rom 01 with ManilaGear VGA adapter. Plus some pictures of various programs.

This next picture the Apple Writer menu illustrating text.

The following pictures show jpg images converted to various resolutions and sizes by the jpegGS program. The first image has no reduction and you using the mouse to scroll up and down to see it all.

The next image is converted to grayscale.

Grayscale of first image with size reduction to fit on screen.