OmniDisk SCSI Hard Drive Image in Virtual ][ – updated and new link

December 3, 2018

A SCSI Hard Drive in Virtual ][.

Note: Link Corrected and Updated Version Dec 3, 2018

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4puxdc7mmbjebrd/OMNIDISKStarter.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). My updated version has AppleWorks 2,3,4 and 5, plus copyllplus9 and PublishIT4.

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.

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More MouseDesk 2 – Apple IIGS this time

November 26, 2018

My previous post for MouseDesk 2 dealt with the IIe and Laser. This post has some pictures and details on my experience on the Apple IIGS. The previous post was on April 1, 2018.

The IIGS is a Rom01 with a TransWarpGS, and for this experience a 3.5 with a FloppyEmu attached. In the final couple pictures I boot GSOS from the SCSI Drive and then invoke MouseDesk 2. [ It’s really rather redundant, but fun to see ].

Above I tried to run AppleWorks with Pinpoint Accessories but pathname was too long for AppleWorks / Pinpoint to deal with.

So,

Here I started PublishIT4 and ran with no issues.

Below, I booted from the SCSI Drive. It’s partitions are Geek1 and Geek2.

The FloppyEmu partitions are all the other disk icons. Note, they are represented by 3.5″ floppy images. I suppose since the FloppyEmu boots off the SmartPort.

From the desktop I drilled down in GSharddrive and started up the GSOS App called Write Away. When I exited Write Away back to the GSOS Desktop. I was able to SAVE the document I created in Write Away.


Links Pro for MacOS iBook and Mac OS 8 or 9 – Golf

September 1, 2018

I’ve been playing LinksPro on my Performa 6214CD Mac (OS 8.50 for some time. That version is from 3.5″ disks. I just recently loaded, via a CD version, LinksPro on to my Clamshell iBook (OS 9.2.2). It runs great.

Here are some pictures. Plus some peculiarities I’ve run into. Here’s link to all courses for Links Pro and LinksLS plus games themselves.

http://macintoshgarden.org/games/links-pro

Added these 5 courses no problem. Each has it’s own installer.

Recently acquired the Firestone course. It came on 3.5″ disks and the iBook would not recognize the 2nd 3.5 Disk. I tried 3 different usb 3.5 external drives. None worked. However, there was no issue installing on my Performa 6214CD Mac running MacOS 8.5.

So, what I did was copy the installed Firestone course file and the Firestone Links Extra file from the Performa to 1.44 HD 3.5 disks. Then I copied these to the respective folders on the iBook. BINGO! Firestone now runs on my iBook.


New Battery for my Blue Clamshell iBook

August 21, 2018

Finally bought the replacement battery for my Blue iBook. I had one in my Tangerine iBook and it was doing well after a full year. (I use it very infrequently) The new battery is 5200 mAh versus the old 4400. When first charging, it took a good 15-20 minutes to get off 0%. But then it moved very nicely up to 100%. This iBook boots to either OS 10.3.9 or MacOS 9.2.2. Images for both are below..

Showing remaining time.

Following images are LinksPro Golf running macOS 9.2.2 on the same iBook.


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.

https://kodi.wiki/view/Apple_remote

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:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6lnrb1a20awqk1r/Apple%20remote%20-%20Official%20Kodi%20Wiki.pdf?dl=0

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.

https://firecore.com/atvflash-kodi

http://www.appletvhacks.net/2016/02/18/run-kodi-15-2-on-apple-tv-1st-gen-with-the-new-update-of-atv-flash/

https://kodi.tv/

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:

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/

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.

http://speccie.uk/software/sweet16-starter-kit/

http://www.sheppyware.net/software-mac/sweet16/

User Guide

http://www.sheppyware.net/downloads/downloads-mac/files/Sweet16%20User%20Guide.pdf


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.

http://www.virtualii.com/VirtualIIHelp/virtual_II_help.html

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

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fhpd05av5gvegex/Virtual%C2%A0%5D%5B%20Help%201.pdf?dl=0