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%. 


OmniDisk SCSI Hard Drive Image in Virtual ][

December 24, 2016

A SCSI Hard Drive in Virtual ][.

This is a 2mg image I created in Virtual ][. It boots to Super Selector v3.22 which is a text based Program Selector. It works with a mouse or keyboard. I’ve also installed System Utilities v3.1, MouseWrite v2.6.8 and MouseCalc. I’ve already set the default startup subdirectories for MouseWrite, including Accessory and Speller (which you get to via Accessory). I have some Christmas greetings docs you can open for starters.

I have Super Selector on an actual scsi drive connected to my real lle.

The original 32 MB image supplied by the group.

Per Facebook Apple ll Enthusiasts forum.     I have a question. Virtual II on my Macbook Pro has trouble with a 32Mb .po disk image (unrecognized format, it says). I imagine I will be able to use it with the Apple II emulator on Win, but I wanted to ask if anyone knows how to make Virtual II open such files. After all, I bought this software… Thanks!!!

Courtesy of Mark Pilgrim who illustrated how to do this. You need to convert it to a .2mg image with CiderPress, then go to Virtual II configuration and set up a SCSI II Card with an OmniDisk. Then you can “Insert OmniDisk Image…” (under Media menu) to mount the .2mg image.


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 IIe

May 1, 2016