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.


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.

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.

Preview in PublishIT4 program.




ThunderClock, Apple IIe, MouseDesk, UniDisk 3.5 and SCSI Drive 

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%. 

WordStar and SpellStar – more CP/M Fun on Apple IIe

May 7, 2017

I’m still intrigued by WordStar and SpellStar. So, I installed my MicroSoft SoftCard CP/M card. (March 28, 2017 post) Here I’m running it on my Apple //e using both drives of my DuoDisk. I did a short post last August when running on my Virtual ][ Emulator.  So, I created so floppies from downloaded images and used ADTPro from my MacBook Pro to my IIGS. The display is on the NightOwl. Also, some of my comments in the text are before I read a WordStar manual. Sometimes you just need to RTFM.

Apple 3.5″ Drive for IIGS

December 15, 2016

A drive I picked up. It actually works. Now a lot of external and maybe some internal cleaning is in order.

If you look closely there’s a PublishIt Symbols and Slogans disk inside it. The disk read fine. I was able to catalog and import images to PublishIt 4.

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.


August 1, 2016

SCSI CD-ROM Drive on IIGS I attached an Apple 300e SCSI CD-ROM player to my IIGS. It is on the TransWarp IIGS.

The CD-ROM is the 2nd and last SCSI device in the chain. The 1st device is the hard drive with the three partitions, GEEK1, GEEK2 and HFS. The CD-ROM is set to SCSI ID #1 and the hard drive is SCSI ID #0. The SCSI card is an Apple SCSI card.

The first CD I tried was a MacAddict CD which mounted fine and I could see the files upon opening the CD. I could even read the text files with the Teach program on the IIGS. But, when I tried audio/music CDs I had no recognition. Audio CDs were and are an uphill climb from everything I’m finding out.

However, the CD-ROM drive recognizes data CDs which are created in ISO9660 format. I created this format CD with the Toast Program on my MacBook. I opened Toast, selected ISO9660 from the bulleted options list and dragged numerous files from the Apple II Collection folder. The files included, txt, jpeg, dsk images, etc.

I inserted the new CD into the Apple 300e and voilá. It recognized everything. I could read the text files, run jpeGS on a jpeg file to convert it to display on screen, and then I copied a dsk to the IIGS hard drive and ran Asimov on it to create an actual floppy. The Asimov program does not see the CD to retrieve images for conversion. It sees all the hard drive partitions including HFS.

Anyway, this is a way to store, and transfer large numbers of dsk images if you don’t use ADTPro with serial connection to your Apple IIGS to your MacBook, or Windows computer, I guess.

Note: I should try GSShrinkIt on one of the SHK images located on the CD to see if GSSHRINKIT recognizes the CD.

CD Icon



Apple II – Create .do files from .wav cassette files

May 21, 2016

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/projects/cassettes/index.html has many of the old Apple Cassette programs on it’s site.

They are in wav file format compatible with playing them from your computer directly into your input port of your Apple II, Apple II+, and Apple IIe via the [LOAD and [RUN commands.

However, you can convert these wav files to .do images which can be played in an Apple II emulator such as Virtual II. I run Virtual II on my MacBook Pro.

The program you need is called CiderPress. It runs under Windows. I run Windows XP under Parallels on my MacBook Pro to perform these conversions.

The following are the sequence of pictures for creating the .do from .wav file.

As you can see from the pictures I didn’t spefically name any of the basic programs and just let the default From.Tape. However, on subsequent imports I name the program on one of the basic tracks…like Lunar, or Maze which are just two of the 20 or so files I’ve converted.