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:

The End

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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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IIGS to DVI Adapter

October 31, 2016

DVI adapter for Apple IIGS. 

I received the IIGS DVI adapter from Nishida Radio. I’ve installed it in my IIGS ROM 3. 

At first I booted from a 3.5″ drive. 

Then I connected my floppy EMU device to it. When the floppy EMU was connected to the SmartPort directly it booted to the hard drive image on the EMU. 

When I placed the floppy EMU behind either one or two of my daisy chained 3.5 Apple drives it would not boot from it.

However the floppy EMU and all the loaded hard drive images mount when I boot GS OS 601 from the first 3.5″ Apple Drive. 


Floppy EMU on a Laser 128 – Apple IIc Clone

October 20, 2016

Running a Floppy EMU connected to Laser128:I can get both 3.5″ and 5.25″ EMU images to run just fine on the Laser128. The Laser128 will actually boot from a 3.5″ EMU image, just as it does with a real 3.5″ drive attached. Will not boot from a 5.25″ EMU image, which is normal. But I did run the 5.25 EMU MouseWrite image from the command line once I exited system utilities, with which I booted up the Laser128..

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

The floppy emu is from bigmessowires.com


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.