SIM8800 Altair Emulator w/ MicroChess for the Apple II

April 3, 2019

Trying the SIM8800 Altair Emulator for the Apple II from a call-apple.org post. The links to the site are at the following link:

https://www.callapple.org/vintage-apple-computers/apple-ii/sim8800-now-runs-basic-and-chess/

The link to the MicroChess manual is here:

Microchess

Microchess: A Chess playing program for the 8080 Microcomputer, written by Peter Jennings in 1977.

More information and a complete manual can be found here:

https://www.computerhistory.org/chess/doc-434fe976ea550/

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Treasure Dive for Apple II – Nibble Magazine Collection

January 22, 2019

Here is a Treasure Diver Game. Fun to collect treasures, and avoid the obstacles etc. It can be played from Joystick or Keyboard. I’ve been playing it on my Virtual ][ Emulator. Link to download is below:

http://www.nibblemagazine.com/Nibble89disks.zip

http://www.nibblemagazine.com/nibble_disks.htm

After booting you need to select Joystick or Keyboard.

If you select Keyboard then you’ll need to select “FIX” to assign the keys for up, down, left and right.

You’ll also then select Skill Level. These are reverse of what’s typical. Level 5 is the easy level (start here). Level 1 is so fast you can’t hit the keys fast enough.

Here I’m selecting Skill Level 5 under a flashing cursor.

Key selection for navigation.


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.


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..

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


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