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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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/


Applied Engineering 5.25 Apple Drive

August 8, 2018

Picked this up and it works very well. No issues with it attached to Laser128 or Franklin Ace 500.


Carmen Sandiego – Seeing the Roster and Deleting Players Names

August 4, 2018

Control-D

If you wish to see the Detective Roster just hit control-D. From there you can delete players names. The games only allow so many players on the roster. This happened to me when playing a Teachers and other versions. [ Note the names in capital letters. Leave me a message if you know what it relates too ]


Mitac 5.25” Floppy Drive – part II: Speed RPMs

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:

ftp://ftp.apple.asimov.net/pub/apple_II/images/disk_utils/

A great article with pictures of floppy drive workings:

http://www.harrowalsh.de/Elektronik/APPLEBOX/appleboxdiskiipage2.htm