MicroDrive Turbo Rebuild – Partitions and CiderPress with “Special” 32MB Drive Images

December 28, 2018

This post is about how CiderPress and MicroDrive Turbo treat some 32 MB hard drive images that are found on Alex Lee’s site for the IIGS. Some of the images are larger than others by a block. This is not an issue with CFFA3000 cards or Emulators. But with MicroDrive Turbo cards and CiderPress this led to an issue with loading them onto the partitions as recommended by the microdrive documentation. This post carries on from my post of 5 days ago.

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za

So I experimented by increasing the block size by one as you’ll see in the pictures below and the odd sized or other sized, if you want to call them that, images loaded just fine and work on the MicroDrive without issue so far.

This reports the files in KBytes but illustrates the different sizes.

The series of screens can also serve as a bit of a tutorial on using CiderPress to load images.

Image 1: The 3 Partitions that come standard. All are 65535 as recommended in the manual.

Image 2: Two of the three partitions appear on the desktop. The third does not appear since its image is not loaded, as yet.

Now I add a 4th Partition. A 65356 block partition.

Using the Volume Copier in CiderPress

You’ll see the 3rd and 4th Partitions listed. One at 65535 blocks. My experimental at 65536 blocks.

Loading the Productivity and Graphics image.

Now, loading the other size, block size, image. System Addons.

Here the images appear on the desktop.

Starting MicroDrive Setup from GSOS to add another partition, Load it, and use it.

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FloppyEmu with New 16 MHz TransWarpGS v1.1 and CFFA3000

December 23, 2018

Just expanding on my TransWarpGS post from 4 days ago.

Having a little fun. I plugged my FloppyEMU into the IIGS that runs via the new TransWarpGS v1.1 and boots from CFFA3000. Icons on left are the FloppyEMU.


New TransWarpGS 16 MHz from ReactiveMicro

December 19, 2018

The new 16 MHz TransWarpGS finally arrived in time for Christmas. I pre-ordered it back in May. It is amazingly fast, to say the least. Those games that require lots of graphics (Jack Nicklaus Golf), and publishing (GraphicWriter3) really snap. Also need to mention HyperStudio and HyperCard. Wow. The first picture shows TWGS Reporter details. Note: this IIGS uses the Scart HDMI connector on my Toshiba LCD. i have other blog entries on setting the Scart and Cable.

Here’s the product picture.

https://www.reactivemicro.com/shop/

Here’s the old cpu before removal.

I used two different length flat head screwdrivers to wedge it out. The long one working from the front of the IIGS and the short one from within the machine. I used the eraser as Lever support with the short screwdriver to help avoid slipping and hitting the motherboard. It worked amazingly well.

Here are the manual photos for plugging in the fan.

Turned it on, ran the self tests. That was it. Referenced the manual from ReactiveMicro wiki site throughout.

Removed the fan temporarily to see the oscillator.

It inserted quite readily.

Diversi-Tune playing.

Here is the setup, including the new CFFA3000 Card and the GGLABS Memory Card.

I discuss the CFFA installation and fun in the next blog entry (coming soon).

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Connectors when hooking Apple IIs to LCDs

March 9, 2018

These 90°, 270° adapters came in very handy on the smaller LCDs since the cables connect to the bottom of the LCD.


Scart Adapter and RGB Cable to IIGS w/8″ Eyoyo LCD HDMI

February 25, 2018

I’ve been using the adapter for HDMI connection from my IIGS to my Toshiba TV. [ Pictures of Scart Adapter and RGB Cable are in earlier post ]

I tried it on my Eyoyo 8″ LCD connected to HDMI Port. Here are some pictures. First picture is from Amazon.

https://smile.amazon.com/Eyoyo-Monitor-1024×768-Resolution-Portable/dp/B01FHDL1DE/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1519520970&sr=1-3&keywords=Eyoyo


Scart HDMI Adapter for Apple IIGS w special RGB Cable

February 13, 2018

Just a quick start to this entry. More details later. This is my Toshiba TV. The presentation is very very good and the text display is the best yet.

Scart Device at Amazon

https://smile.amazon.com/CiBest-Converter-Adapter-Support-Set-top/dp/B06Y43RVLH/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1518226955&sr=8-3&keywords=scart+to+hdmi

Cable order site in Spain. These are made to order…not a stock item. Took about 2 1/2 weeks from order date to receive it here in the states from Spain. Delighted. Note: if you click on flag in upper right corner you can switch page to English.

http://retrocables.es/tienda/index.php?id_product=607&controller=product&id_lang=4


Fishies for the Apple II – ScreenSaver

January 7, 2018

Here’s a nifty little program to lighten your day. Nice to have it running to “sea” something bright. This is running on my IIGS with ManilaGear VGA Adapter to Samsung SyncMaster 710n. It runs nicely in Virtual II Emulator. Then I used ADTPro to write a 5.25 Floppy disk.

https://mirrors.apple2.org.za/ftp.apple.asimov.net/images/games/simulation/fishies.dsk