FloppyEmu Model – C for Apple II’s

March 15, 2019

Received my new FloppyEmu Model – C from BigMessoWires.com and plugged it into my IIGSs. I’ve been using the Model – B for a couple years now. I’ve posted a number of blog entries on the Model – B during that time. Have a look if interested in my experiences. The features are describedthe following link.

https://www.bigmessowires.com/shop/product/floppy-emu-model-c/

The Model – C has a much larger screen and also supports WOZ files. Here are a few pictures.

The Model-C arrived with Firmware 0.2f, 21.

Everything ran great. But, to use WOZ files I needed to upgrade the Firmware to 0.2G, 23.

Upgrading the Firmware was very straightforward. I downloaded the file, read and followed the instructions and completed in about 5 minutes total.

Now, WOZ is good.

Here are a couple screen shots WOZ images running on my IIGS. I connect the FloppyEmu to the SmartPort and in the IIGS Control Panel I Set the boot slot to 6.

The following is a picture of the Error Message before I upgraded The Firmware. It didn’t recognize WOZ file type.

https://www.bigmessowires.com/floppy-emu/#firmware

https://www.bigmessowires.com/floppy-emu/

Lastly is a picture of the 32MB image available when the FloppyEmu is set to SmartPort vs, 5.25, 3.5 or UniDisk 3.5.

An 800k 3.5 Image.

I bought the Bundle but I haven’t put the acrylic case together yet. Soon.

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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.


More MouseDesk 2 – Apple IIGS this time

November 26, 2018

My previous post for MouseDesk 2 dealt with the IIe and Laser. This post has some pictures and details on my experience on the Apple IIGS. The previous post was on April 1, 2018.

The IIGS is a Rom01 with a TransWarpGS, and for this experience a 3.5 with a FloppyEmu attached. In the final couple pictures I boot GSOS from the SCSI Drive and then invoke MouseDesk 2. [ It’s really rather redundant, but fun to see ].

Above I tried to run AppleWorks with Pinpoint Accessories but pathname was too long for AppleWorks / Pinpoint to deal with.

So,

Here I started PublishIT4 and ran with no issues.

Below, I booted from the SCSI Drive. It’s partitions are Geek1 and Geek2.

The FloppyEmu partitions are all the other disk icons. Note, they are represented by 3.5″ floppy images. I suppose since the FloppyEmu boots off the SmartPort.

From the desktop I drilled down in GSharddrive and started up the GSOS App called Write Away. When I exited Write Away back to the GSOS Desktop. I was able to SAVE the document I created in Write Away.


Diversi-Tune for Apple IIGS

December 24, 2017

I downloaded the Diversi-Tune Program and Archive from Alex Lee’s site, plus the two cover pictures. Link is below. I was unable to make it work my Sweet16 Emulator. It would freeze trying to play the music. So I loaded it on to my FloppyEmu, plugged into my IIGS Rom3 and it ran perfectly. See link to my YouTube video below.

http://whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/diversi-tune-v1-1/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70vsLXP_ml4&feature=share

My pictures:

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IIGS8MRAM 8MB Memory card for Apple IIGS with ProDos 2.4.1 in ROM

December 22, 2017

Today, I retested the IIGS8MRAM 8MB RAM Card from a2Heaven in Bulgaria. When I tried it last year at this time I could not get it to boot to the hard drive image on the FloppyEMU from http://www.bigmessowires.com web site. It would only boot to the ProDos 2.4.1 unless I had a 3.5 Drive attached to the SmartPort.

Today, I did one change by setting the boot device in the IIGS Control Panel to slot 5, the SmartPort. The hard drive booted fine and the IIGS reported all the memory and the 2.4.1 Drive. I ran AppleWorksGS and GraphicWriter III, updating documents, spell checking, saving, and rebooting.

The card.

Listing of programs in ROM.

The card inserted. Note small size.

The GSHardDrive as boot device, with other devices on screen too.

The About Screen with memory allocations.

The Floppy Emu with the 4 drives listed.

Finder listing.

GraphicWriter III Title Screen

Running GraphicWriter III Spell Check.

The GraphicWriter III Directory with updated dates.

Accessories on screen.


CiderPress on macOS 10.nn via Wine (see link below)

March 17, 2017

I’ve been a long time user of CiderPress for Windows to manage images for my Apple II computers. But, it required me to run Parallels for macOS.  [ since I haven’t permitted Windows computers among family members since 2005; I got tired of fixing everyone’s issues ]. So, when this popped up I jumped at it. Straight download, app lands on desktop and off you go. So far, it’s done everything I’ve needed. I’m running macOS Sierra in case you need that for reference.

http://retrocomputingaustralia.com/rca-downloads/


http://retrocomputingaustralia.com/rca-downloads/


GS8MBRAM/ROM from a2Heaven for IIGS

December 8, 2016

I bought the GS8RAMROM from http://www.a2heaven.com. It comes with ProDOS 2.4.1 in ROM and boots incredibly fast to it. The whole thing is new technology that runs with very little power drain and really fast ram chip.  Because it has a battery backup (CR2032) for the 8 meg ram I thought it would back up what was in RAM or on the RAM disk when the  computer was powered down.  —- My goal was to create a bootable GSOS 6.0.1 ROM/RAM disk.  However, the creator has not written the firmware yet to accomplish this. He says he is about 70% done. [ Note: as of Dec 21, 2017 there is no firmware upgrade; so use as a Solid State Ram Drive ]
Also, the IIGS Rom3 unit has a bug in it that does not allow you to  boot from RAM. When the author writes the firmware he will create the work around to correct this situation. I had been running my RamKeeper from Applied Engineering with a 6 meg GSRamPlus card to allow me to boot GSOS from Rom Disk. It works very well but I have no battery backup for it.

12Programs on the card.

345

6

Find the spelling errors.

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