AE IIc System Clock (CPU-Computer Peripherals Unlimited)

October 3, 2017

September 30, 2017AE IIc System Clock (CPU-Computer Peripherals Unlimited) . There were some discussions on the Apple II forum on FaceBook after I posted
the picture of the AE IIc System Clock. I asked if anyone actual had one.  It turn out a number of people had them. One said he was willing
to part with his and sold it to me.  He tested it with new batteries (using the test button-not hooking it up). While waiting for delivery I downloaded a copy of the AE System Clock Utilities disk and burned the image to a 5.25″ floppy.  After receiving I installed the 3 AA batteries and I attached the Clock Device to the Modem
port on the Laser 128 trying to follow the AE manual (downloaded from Archive.org)

The manual does not mention the Laser 128 but advertisements do. The program does ask you to select computer type (picture below). The manual seemed to flow easily but it took me a while to realize what I was doing. After you Set Switch, Set Time and then “Hit Return at Exact Time” nothing happens on the screen… leading you to believe it didn’t work. But it does and you then just need to use the Install option to get the Clock.System on another ProDOS Program Disk. The manual does not explain this either. When I was having difficulties I had the AE Device connected to the Modem Port. I tried the Parallel Port too with same results. So I moved it back.

Eventually, I set the Clock Date, Month, Day, and Time and when booting the
AE disk it displayed the Date, Month, Day and Time accurately (see picture).
However, when I install the Clock.System from the Install Disk on to other
ProDOS Disk programs the Time, Day and Year appear correctly, but the Month is off
by 6 months (see SystemSelector, System Utilities 3.1, ProDOS 2.4.1 and
CopyIIPlus pictures).

I will try to install it on an AppleWorks 2.1 Startup/Program and see how it acts. I think AppleWorks Displays both the Data and Time on the Screen.
I am also going to try the programs using the same version of ProDOS, version 1.1.1 from 1984, used by the AE Clock Install disk. Perhaps it only works with
the earlier versions. [well I did install on AppleWriter v1.5.7 which uses the same ProDOS. No difference. I even copied the ProDOS from the AE Disk to other program disks. No difference]. There are a number of basic programs on the AE disk. Now, I’m wondering if one of those is running to display date time accurately. Might move it/those to another disk with Clock.system to see what happens.



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RamWorks8M from A2Heaven.com for Apple IIe

August 13, 2017

I bought this 8 MB RamWorks8M card from A2Heaven.com to max out the memory in my IIe. My IIe was using both a RamWorks 1 and an Apple 1 MB cards taking up the Aux Slot and another Slot. With the RamWorks8M card I could eliminate the Apple 1MB card and open a slot, as well as reducing electrical draw. The following pictures include shots from both my actual IIe and the Virtual II Emulator. The Emulator provides better clarity of image since I need to reduce resolution so much with real pictures to save space.

The card is little bigger than a credit card. Note the pointing finger and keyboard image on the card to illustrate direction of Install.

http://a2heaven.com/webshop/index.php?rt=product%2Fproduct&product_id=138

The RamWorks8M installed.


RamBoard Test disk.
8 MB testing. 87th pass on actual IIe.

Super Desktop Expander v5.3.1 with Partition and ProDrive programs. The ProDrive Doc is good. Must read.

SDE5.3.1 Main Menu
ProDrive Menu
Partitioning Program. I did not use the AppleWorks option. I’ll try that later.
Selection of partition size
2 MB Selected for System leaving  6 MB for Ram Disk.
Updating the ProDrive.bin so it starts up this way.
Installed

Cataloging Ram
Available Drives
Running PublishIT4 on 3.5 UniDisk via my Liron Card in the IIe.
Updated my Journal of Activity and saving to Ram Drive. You can see the Ram Drive has almost 6 meg of space available 5947k.

Preview in Publish.It4 program.

https://archive.org/details/Super_Desktop_Expander_Utility_v5.3.1_side_A

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

http://mirrors.apple2.org.za/ftp.apple.asimov.net/images/hardware/storage/memory/


RamKeeper on IIGS Rom 3

October 14, 2016

I’ve been wanting to use my RamKeeper as a ROM Boot disk on the IIGS Rom 3 computer since I don’t have a spare SCSI drive or MicroDrive Turbo. This is the same IIGS with the new DVI adapter. 

I installed the Ramkeeper in the IIGS Rom 3 but the IIGS wouldn’t boot. I would get a RK 102 error which meant incompatible memory configuration. 

After many efforts with different memory configurations including with and without the SlotMover I checked the Internet. 

I found an old forum thread that talked about Rom 3 IIGS not working with earlier versions of the Ramkeeper. 

So, I installed the other Ramkeeper I had which had a rev 1.6 Rom chip. My other one was rev 1.3. The rev 1.6 version worked nicely. They only issue with this card was the wires connecting it to its transformer were loose so it would not keep configuration after I turned off the IIGS. 

So, I pulled the rev 1.6 chip from that one and installed it in the RamKeeper with the original ribbon cable to the transformer. It works nicely. 
I see the Ramkeeper with a 1.2 meg Rom Drive to hold GSOS and CDAs and NDAs. 

I also gave it a Meg of Ram Drive for loading programs or Mean18 golf courses. 

The latter do run much faster from the Ram Drive. 

I have the 1.25 meg of Ram on the IIGS motherboard and a 6 meg GS-Ram Plus.
After copying various NDAs and CDAs to the Rom GSOS I copied that set to a 3.5″ drive.

I labeled it LoadRom.
Now, the RamKeeper can only handle 4 disk drives in the chain including Rom and Ram drives.

So, I have the following:

Rom Drive

Ram Drive

3.5″ Drive

And the Floppy Emu with number of Hard Drive images reduced to one. 

I started with GSOS on the floppy emu.


RamKeeper, SlotMover, GS-RAM PLUS

October 13, 2016

Upgraded my IIGS Rom 01 with RamKeeper Card with the SlotMover and a GS-RAM Plus 6 meg memory card. Here are some pictures and the brochures.  See the Commodore power supply that works for the RamKeeper. I found it recommended in a couple forums. They’re readily available on eBay.



The RamKeeper required it’s own power supply to maintain what was in the ram drive. The above is a Commodore power supply the works.


Internal Fan for Apple IIGS

August 11, 2016

Added a fan inside the IIGS with the TransWarp card, SCSI Card and 6 meg GS-RAM. 

Fan and battery holder installed with double sided tape…with a little extra on top for good measure.


TransWarp Card in my Apple IIe

May 8, 2016

IIe loaded with cards.