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.
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.
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.
GraphicWriter III Title Screen
Running GraphicWriter III Spell Check.
The GraphicWriter III Directory with updated dates.
Accessories on screen.
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.
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..
The floppy emu is from bigmessowires.com
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:
And the Floppy Emu with number of Hard Drive images reduced to one.
I started with GSOS on the floppy emu.