FASTChip //e for Apple IIe – Accelerator Card

November 20, 2017

Just installed my FASTChip //e In italics are the notes from the a2heaven.com website.

November 22, 2017

I’ve been running a tests of PublishIt v4 startup time on the Apple //e with the FastChip//e.

*With the FastChip//e set at 10 MHz and running PublishIt from the SCSI drive it took 8 seconds to load.

*With the FastChip//e running at 1.0 MHz running from the SCSI drive it took 25 seconds.

*With the FastChip//e running at 1.0 MHz and PublishIt v4 running from a UniDisk 3.5 disk connected the Liron Controller Card in the //e it took 53 seconds to load. [ Note: The Apple //e has a RamWorks8M card made from a2Heaven. This card uses current day technology so it must provide some additional advantage when loading the fonts, et al into memory upon startup. The only way to see the difference would be for me to uninstall the RamWorks8M and reinstall the 1986 RamWorks 1M card by Applied Engineering. At the end of this posts are links to YouTube videos of the above.

The FASTChip //e accelerates the Apple //e™ by replacing the on-board microprocessor with a much faster one. Because the memory on the Apple //e™ can only run at a 1 MHz speed maximum, faster memory (SRAM) must be provided to increase performance and allow the 65C02/65C816 CPU to run at full speed. To do this, the FASTChip //e contains 512KB/1024KB of fast SRAM memory. The clever design allows the acceleration of programs running in both main and auxiliary memory. The additional FASTChip //e memory can emulate both 192/448 KB fast RamWorks  compatible RAM and 256/512 KB fast RamFactor (slinky) compatible RAM.

FASTChip //e features

  • Easy to install card, installable in slot 1-7 of the Apple //e™, or Enhanced //e.
  • Does not mechanically interfere with the 80 column card in slot 3.
  • 65C02/65C816 microprocessor running at a clock rate of more than 16 MHz .
  • External Hardware Control Panel with controls and LED display.
  • CPU frequency can be changed real-time via rotary knob (0.2Mhz to 16.6Mhz).
  • Stop/Pause and Status buttons for easy control.
  • 4 digits x 7 segment LED display.
  • Built in 192/448 KB fast RamWorks compatible RAM.
  • Built in 256/512 KB fast RamFactor (Slinky) compatible RAM.
  • Low power design for cool operation.
  • Acceleration of programs running in both main and auxiliary memory.
  • Compatible with most interface and expansion cards for the Apple II/IIe.
  • Transparent operation with all Apple II software.
  • An easily accessed built-in software control panel lets you control processor speed, memory, joystick, speaker sound quality and many other options.

My actual //e Setup with FastChip//e, RamWorks8M card and SDFloppy II installed.

FastChip//e videos of PublishIT version 4 at 10 Mhz. A program essentially unusable on a IIe at 1 MHz.

[Note: I’m running PublishIt from a SCSI drive, not a floppy, unidisk 3.5, or SDFloppy, although programs ran fine from all three devices. But obviously SCSI is the fastest ] : unless you have a CFFA or MicroDrive Turbo.

https://youtu.be/njtTLMxZF-E

https://youtu.be/E0hqbxmvMJ4

http://www.a2heaven.com/webshop/index.php?rt=product/product&product_id=147

http://www.a2heaven.com/webshop/resources/pdf_document/18/82/c.pdf

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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 ][.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/v2p6xqtqnh93b6k/OMNIDISK.2mg?dl=0

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.


SCSI CD-ROM Drive on IIGS 

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

ShrinkItGS

 


Apple IIe

May 1, 2016

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