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.
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.
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.
August 8, 2018
Picked this up and it works very well. No issues with it attached to Laser128 or Franklin Ace 500.
August 4, 2018
The Mitac drive works well from a reading and writing standpoint as long as you keep using this drive for any disks you write. It turns out the RPM for this drive is a little slow. So, if you write, say a pfs:Write data file to it, the file may be reported as no good by other floppy drives. I have five different brands of 5.25″ drives and this is the first time I’ve seen this issue. It still works great for read only disks like Print Shop Art, Carmen Sandiego Games, etc where you don’t write.
Anyhow, I thought I’d open it up and see if I could find a mechanism to adjust. Here are some pictures with notes. [could not find manual online]. There are a couple of links at the end to disk images on Asimov. Also a REALLY great article illustrating the workings of floppy drives.
Here was my first clue I had an issue. Formatting.
I used the MECC Analyzer Disk and the DataLife Drive Analyzer.
I was looking for something to adjust. The only item was the light blue piece at the top center of the picture. I have no idea if actually controls speed. It rotated easily. But made no difference no matter how far clockwise or counterclockwise I turned it. After about an hour of trying adjustments I called it a day. Maybe someone really knows these drives and can help someday.
Below is the bottom plate. To remove the drive you take out all 6 screws. Lift this plate off and then slide the floppy out the front of the chassis.
The Utilities can be downloaded from here:
A great article with pictures of floppy drive workings:
July 14, 2018
I’ve been using Sweet16 on both G4 iMac and intel IMac and MacBook for a few years now. Terrific for handling numerous hard drive images, as well as 3.5 and 5.25 images. The hard drive images courtesy of Alex Lee’s IIGS site:
Above: when you drag an drop the hard drive images to the Sweet16 icon in the system tray they appear as 3.5″ disks. If you perform a restart they switch to hard drive icons.
Below: AppleWorks 3.5 disk loaded.
Sweet16 Starter Kit
Download: Sweet16 Starter Kit 5.3Mb (Updated 30.5.18)
A bootable .2Mg disk image for Sweet16, which includes System 6.0.1, and Marinetti pre-installed. A PDF instruction file is included. This disk image takes all the pain out of getting Sweet16 up and running. Requires an installed version of Sweet16.