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
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.
July 11, 2017
ProDOS version of ThunderClock Installed on UniDisk 3.5″ Disk/Drive. I wanted to run the ThunderClock Setup from ProDOS but only had the DOS version. I found I had saved a number of their dsk’s on a 3.5 Floppy and assumed the Thunder2P.DSK was the ProDOS version. I created a 5.25 floppy from it using Asimov on my IIGS and then copied the actual programs to ProDOS 3.5″ disk. Ran the Setup and it worked fine. Now I can install it on the SCSI hard drive. I like to copy as many Utilities to the SCSI drive as I can. There’s a few other pictures of the Setup operation I want to add.
The ThunderClock programs now on 3.5 disk. Running Set to set date and time. Note the keys used.
Run Clock. The analog version. The DOS version has a digital clock too. I didn’t see it on the ProDOS version. The Super Selector launcher with time date display.
Showing the Volumes of the DRIVES on the system. ThunderClock is in UniDisk 3.5 in Slot 6 Drive 1. Copying files from ThunderClock disk to hard drive.
ThunderClock Directory on H1 partition. MouseDesk now in UniDisk 3.5 Drive.
Launching MouseDesk from the 3.5 disk. Everything looks ok.
Creating MouseDesk Directory on H1 partition. Using CopyII+ v9.1 to copy MouseDesk files from 3.5 disk to hard disk.
Going to MouseDesk on SCSI drive to launch it from there.
Launched. Inserted 3.5 disk in UniDisk that contains the new ProDOS 2.4.1 and all it’s other Utilities.
Running AppleWorks 3 via MouseDesk.
Saving the AppleWorks changes to make sure the save process is ok.
MouseDesk displaying the Christoph2 file with today’s date, except for the year.
The. ThunderClock Plus card.
MouseDesk seeing opening the drives/partitions. The LCD is the small Night Owl LCD. Since the IIe doesn’t have a black & white vs color control I turned the LCD’s color down to 10%.
April 12, 2017
This version, downloaded from Apple Users Group Sydney is surprisingly good. Here it is running in my Virtual II Emulator. I even ran a basic program by double clicking on the icon and after I quit it and received the basic prompt ] I typed “bye” and it took me back to the GUI interface. You can see one of the disk images is 32mb. I was pleased you could drive down through the folders without issue. [ April 13, 2017: added a short video of booting ] [April 14, 2014 Added some pics of it running on my Laser128EX] [April 30, 2017 You’ll see I run it on Speed setting #2 in Virtual II. When set on #3 the mouse double-clicked open folder is not recognized. ]
Play the video to see the boot process.
Using drag and drop to copy AppleWorks 3 folder from one Drive to another.
Created a physical 3.5″ disk using ADTPro from my MacBook to IIGS. Then booted on Laser128EX.
Mouse Desk makes itself RAM resident so almost all the functions can be
completed if you remove the MouseDesk disk.
I was able to copy a AppleWorks 3 folder from one hard drive image to another with
the folder containing 100 files. I was also able to format another 3.5 disk in the
same slot where I removed the MouseDesk disk.
I did latter on a Laser128EX after I made a physical 3.5″ disk of the MouseDesk 2
image. I ended up making a couple back ups of the disk.
MouseDesk 2 was even smart enough to get you back to the booting image after
you quit a program. I double clicked on a basic program to run it and when I quit it,
arriving back at a basic prompt [ I typed “bye”. It returned me right back to
June 30, 2016
Clock Card for my Apple lle. Installed a couple new batteries. Downloaded archive image and created Floppy, and good to go.
With no battery for awhile it displayed Jan 35 as the date.
New Batteries and Good to go