IIGS Desktop with TransWarpGS Art

April 22, 2019

I wanted to reflect the TransWarpGS on my Desktop in some way. I’ve created a variety of desktops with TransWarpGS and IIGS pictures. I’ve copied the variations on to a 2mg 800k disk image you can download from my Dropbox site.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/j193irloayls5fx/IIGSGREEN.2mg?dl=0

FYI: I used the Deskmaker IIGS Desktop Accessory to move my images to the desktop.

These pictures are from my Scart and HDMI Toshiba Monitor 📺. The actual pictures show considerably better than the iPhone pictures below. Maybe I’ll do some screen snapshots from Sweet16 Emulator and Post those too.

My TransWarpGS 16MHz now has wings (April24, 2019) 😀.

Most of my Graphical work was done using Platinum Paint application.

Also, there’s a nice Desktop Accessory called ShowMe that you can use to view many image types without opening a program. You can review the files on the IIGSGREEN Image one after another. It and Deskmaker can both be found on the Systems Add-Ons hdv Image On Alex Lee’s site:

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

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SIM8800 Altair Emulator w/ MicroChess for the Apple II

April 3, 2019

Trying the SIM8800 Altair Emulator for the Apple II from a call-apple.org post. The links to the site are at the following link:

https://www.callapple.org/vintage-apple-computers/apple-ii/sim8800-now-runs-basic-and-chess/

The link to the MicroChess manual is here:

Microchess

Microchess: A Chess playing program for the 8080 Microcomputer, written by Peter Jennings in 1977.

More information and a complete manual can be found here:

https://www.computerhistory.org/chess/doc-434fe976ea550/

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FloppyEmu Model – C for Apple II’s

March 15, 2019

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.

I bought the Bundle but I haven’t put the acrylic case together yet. Soon.

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microM8 Apple II Emulator – Drag and Drop

March 13, 2019

I just found out you can drag and drop disk images on to the microM8 Emulator. Drag to the left side is drive 1; drag to the right side is drive 2.

The first image is the 800K disk. The second is the 143K data disk.

The Paleotronic site, the maker of the micro8M.

https://paleotronic.com/software/microm8/download/


CoolWriter 3.1 Word Processor for IIGS

January 31, 2019

I came across this nifty word processor in //Alive Magazine from 1996. Very flexible and really small footprint. I created a 2mg file as original was a shrinkitGS which some folks may have issues with.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c6cbmvxd8vjx6nk/CoolWriter31.2mg?dl=0


Treasure Dive for Apple II – Nibble Magazine Collection

January 22, 2019

Here is a Treasure Diver Game. Fun to collect treasures, and avoid the obstacles etc. It can be played from Joystick or Keyboard. I’ve been playing it on my Virtual ][ Emulator. Link to download is below:

http://www.nibblemagazine.com/Nibble89disks.zip

http://www.nibblemagazine.com/nibble_disks.htm

After booting you need to select Joystick or Keyboard.

If you select Keyboard then you’ll need to select “FIX” to assign the keys for up, down, left and right.

You’ll also then select Skill Level. These are reverse of what’s typical. Level 5 is the easy level (start here). Level 1 is so fast you can’t hit the keys fast enough.

Here I’m selecting Skill Level 5 under a flashing cursor.

Key selection for navigation.


MicroDrive Turbo Rebuild – Partitions and CiderPress with “Special” 32MB Drive Images

December 28, 2018

March 17, 2019 NOTE: As of March 17, 2019 The Hard Drive Images on Alex Lee’s site noted below have all been redone with a block size compatible with the MicroDrive Turbo.

http://whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/updates-and-the-current-state-of-solid-state-storage/

This post is about how CiderPress and MicroDrive Turbo treat some 32 MB hard drive images that are found on Alex Lee’s site for the IIGS. Some of the images are larger than others by a block. This is not an issue with CFFA3000 cards or Emulators. But with MicroDrive Turbo cards and CiderPress this led to an issue with loading them onto the partitions as recommended by the microdrive documentation. This post carries on from my post of 5 days ago.

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

So I experimented by increasing the block size by one as you’ll see in the pictures below and the odd sized or other sized, if you want to call them that, images loaded just fine and work on the MicroDrive without issue so far.

This reports the files in KBytes but illustrates the different sizes.

The series of screens can also serve as a bit of a tutorial on using CiderPress to load images.

Image 1: The 3 Partitions that come standard. All are 65535 as recommended in the manual.

Image 2: Two of the three partitions appear on the desktop. The third does not appear since its image is not loaded, as yet.

Now I add a 4th Partition. A 65356 block partition.

Using the Volume Copier in CiderPress

You’ll see the 3rd and 4th Partitions listed. One at 65535 blocks. My experimental at 65536 blocks.

Loading the Productivity and Graphics image.

Now, loading the other size, block size, image. System Addons.

Here the images appear on the desktop.

Starting MicroDrive Setup from GSOS to add another partition, Load it, and use it.