Apple TV Silver 1st Gen with Firecore’s Kodi Media Center Software

July 21, 2018

Update: July 22, 2018

Here’s the Kodi Media Center wiki on how to control the AppleTV v1 with Apple Remotes.

I kept forgetting how to bring up the DVR type control Playback menu. It’s hold down the play/pause button until menu pops up.

I made a PDF of it:

With the cost of flash drives decreasing I now have a SanDisk 256 GB USB connected. Holds plenty of videos.

Original Post: December 31, 2016

I’ve been looking at my old Apple TV Silver 1st gen sitting in the media center cabinet doing nothing for a few years now. So, I decided to check the Firecore site which developers the enhanced install XBMC software that replaces the default Apple software with much greater flexibility and ¬†feature sets.

Firecore had a new version called Kodi…based the Kodi OS, I guess.

Anyway, I installed it and it works pretty nicely. Below is some of the particulars of the install effort.

December 31st 2016
New Kodi version for ATV Silver purchased, downloaded to MacBook Pro, opened and installed in applications folder on Dec 22nd.

Runs but could not identify USB flash drives from Kingston or PNY. Fairly large drives of 16GB and 32GB.

Today I found an old Verbatim flash drive of 4 GB. Installer found it immediately and install to my ATV went well.

I connected to my network where I had a 64GB flash drive plugged into my router.

Through adding devices menu I was able to find the drive and play files.

However, with the movies I wasn’t getting any sound…..I had to switch sound type to HDMI as that’s the cable I connected to the TV. Then the sound OK. It defaults to something I couldn’t understand. I assume it’s component type audio.

I connected various flash drives with videos to the back of the ATV and they appeared by name on the screen and I was able to play videos without issue.

UPDATE: pictures now working. I don’t know what happened. I flipped through the settings for pictures and I must have touched the right thing. My big problem now is PICTURES. It will NOT display any type of picture…Any0ne have any thoughts???


IIGS Emulator Sweet16 – on MacBooks iMacs etc.

July 14, 2018

I’ve been using Sweet16 on both G4 iMac and intel IMac and MacBook for a few years now. Terrific for handling numerous hard drive images, as well as 3.5 and 5.25 images. The hard drive images courtesy of Alex Lee’s IIGS site:

Above: when you drag an drop the hard drive images to the Sweet16 icon in the system tray they appear as 3.5″ disks. If you perform a restart they switch to hard drive icons.

Below: AppleWorks 3.5 disk loaded.

Sweet16 Starter Kit

Download:  Sweet16 Starter Kit 5.3Mb (Updated 30.5.18)

A bootable .2Mg disk image for Sweet16, which includes System 6.0.1, and Marinetti pre-installed. A PDF instruction file is included. This disk image takes all the pain out of getting Sweet16 up and running. Requires an installed version of Sweet16.

User Guide

Virtual ][ – Multiple Sessions – Other Info

July 11, 2018

Here is an example of my MacBook running four Virtual II sessions. All these are saved configurations as you can see in the upper left corner of the screen. So convenient for comparing versions of software, and being able to close out and start up right where you left off.Here’s a snapshot of the benefits (features) of the evaluation, partial and full licenses. Picture direct from Virtual ][ site Help Page.

Here’s a link to a pdf I made. Very nice doc to have.

CPM WordStar in Apple IIe – Formatting

June 1, 2018

Here’s another entry as I play with WordStar. I’m setting margins, bold, underline, etc and spacing. You can read my notes in the PDF printout below done via Virtual II. It’s funny as character formatting control commands show on the page but margin and justification do not. Probably cause they’re self evident. Although this is done in Virtual II, it played as nice on my real IIe and DuoDisk.

I never could get the characters per inch (CPI) work.

The control-O gets you the format screen.

Case for WiModem232/OLED Arrived

April 30, 2018

This corei64 folk produce custom 3D printed items, many of them are cases for small cards like the WiModem(s). Below is the link and some pictures of mine.

Here is the case and little Allen wrench you use to open and put back together the case.

Here is the case in action. I put a piece of paper over the light to reduce the glow for the picture. YELLOW light ready; GREEN light connected.

WiModem232/OLED V2 – ProTERM 3.1 – FrontEnded BBSs

April 24, 2018

I had an issue connecting to but thanks to Mike Whalen’s article in Juice.GS March issue it is resolved.

As it turns out a few BBSs front end their systems with code to make sure you’re not a bot. DJs Place above is one of those.

To handle this you need to enter the AT*T1 telnet command at some point before dialing. Below you’ll see the series of screen shots I go through as it takes a few steps. First go to Online mode via Apple or Option-T and issue the AT*T1 command. Then go offline the same way. You’re now at this screen (I’d already issued the command earlier).

Now, go to your stored entry and select the BBS like Impakt BBS.

Your dialing screen will pop up, you click on dial.

In my case it actually does connect. You can see it on the OLED. But ProTERM doesn’t think so. And the screen says your still OFFLINE. Cancel out of those two screens.

Enter Apple or Option-T to go back ONLINE. Hit the enter key and you’ll get the screen below. Then you’re on your way.

There may be a faster way, like entering the BBS name from the command line itself. I’ll have to play with that.

WiModem232/OLED v2 – Connect Apple IIGS to BBSs

April 18, 2018

Great device for connecting to BBSs from IIGS through Wifi to your router. Links are below. [ You can also use IIe with serial card. ]

The WiModem232/OLED


The serial cable from IIGS Modem port to WiModem232.

Note: you have to supply your own 5v USB power connector. With all those old phone charger cords I’m pretty sure you’ll have one. My cord came from a camera card hub. You know, one of those hubs where you can plug a CF, SD, XM, etc cards in to transfer pictures or files to your computer.

Connecting with ProTERM v3.1. The link is below with the other links.

Connected to my Netgear router. Note: Please see the V2 in the upper right hand corner. This is the latest version. It’s plug and play with the IIGS. In the manual you can ignore pages 19 through 21.

Here is the parameter screen I have set for each site as reference.

Here are a few more screen shots.

Scanning for routers.

The one issue I had was when I tried to use the xfinitywifi router/modem supplied by Comcast. It allows you to connect the WiModem232 to the router but no further. I struggled with this before I just switched to connecting to my NetGear router SSID Smudge. Then everything went fine.

Here is the WiModem232 web site:

Here is the link to the manual.

Here is the site to get the ProTerm software for the IIGS.

Here is the link to the disk image containing the ProTerm software.

Just ordered a case for it. Coming from Canada. I’ll let you know results.

They have 2 resolutions. The standard one is $2 less.