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    Printing on ImageWriter II from Apple IIGS

    Haha.. my wife has already given up on me. She doesn't even ask why anymore.
  2. Hi everyone. I have recently taken a renewed interest in the Apple IIGS system I acquired a few years ago. It came with an ImageWriter II printer. I just installed a new color ribbon for it and did the self test, and it works fine. I have printed from this printer before, both on this IIGS as well as from a Macintosh SE. I recall it being rather painless. But that was a couple of years ago, and I seem to have lost some brain cells since then because now I cannot seem to figure it out. I wonder if any kind soul here can help me work through this puzzle. I have tried printing from both AppleWorks and Calendar Crafter. It basically just sits there for a while and doesn't print anything.. Here are my settings as far as I can tell. I haven't changed anything since the last time I used it, other than the ribbon obviously. From the setup screen (this is what I am calling that screen you get to by holding the option key when you start up; I don't remember what it is actually called): slot 1 is printer port slot 2 is modem port Here is what I see in my printer settings from the setup screen: Printer Port device connected: printer line length: unlimited delete first UF after CR: no add LF after CR: yes echo: no Buffering: no baud: 9600 data/stop bits: 8/1 parity: none dcd handshake: yes DSR/DTR handshake: yes XON/XOFF handshake: no From the control panel on the appleworks system disk: select a port: printer select a printer type: ImageWriter CL Then when I go to print, I have tried with "color" both selected and deselected. Same result. I have double checked the port and it is definitely plugged into the printer port. The cable I am using has 8 pins and has the two arrows pointing in different directions. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Printing on ImageWriter II from Apple IIGS

    There is a "print quality" button that matches that description. I had made sure both of those lights were on. At any rate, the new cable came in the mail today. I swapped out the cables,and now it is printing like a charm! I guess that is all it was. Thanks everyone for the input.
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    Printing on ImageWriter II from Apple IIGS

    Well doggone it. I tried from the SE last night, and that wasn't printing either. I even tried my old trick of pressing the select button after choosing print. It twitched for a moment and then nothing after that. No matter what buttons I pressed, nothing. I don't know how I did it last time. I ordered a new cable in case that is the problem.
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    Printing on ImageWriter II from Apple IIGS

    Tonight I will try and print from the SE again, and see how that goes. If I can print from there, then it must be a problem with the configuration on the IIGS.
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    Printing on ImageWriter II from Apple IIGS

    So I also remember that I had two separate cables, and they both looked essentially the same but had different symbols on them. One of them ended up working for the printer and the other didn't. Right now I can only find one cable that fits. I wonder if there is anything I might be missing there.
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    Printing on ImageWriter II from Apple IIGS

    Yeah I pressed it and it is activated. I remember with the macintosh I had to press select right after sending the print job in order for it to print. Is there any trick like that with the IIGS?
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    Internet on older macs

    Hi everyone, the reason I am posting this is because I have seen multiple people express interest in using email/web with older macs, i.e. system 7. I have been working on a project called LegacyWeb that is intended to turn a raspberry pi into a wireless bridge combined with a kind of middle-man that allows you to use email, file sharing and various web services from an older computer. So it assumes you have your old computer plugged into the ethernet side of the rpi, and the wireless connection is the WAN. The web side of this is still a work in progress. As of yet I have only implemented a stripped down version of google maps and started on one for wikipedia, which is currently really ugly and only does text, no pictures (I intend to change that soon, like in the next couple of weeks or so). I guess the reason I am posting now instead of when it is more "mature" is because: 1. A lot of people are interested in using their old web clients with modern email. LegacyWeb includes an stunnel setup that wraps the pop3 and smtp connection in SSL, as well as a postfix setup that will do your SMTP authentication for you in case your client does not support it. So yes, you can use your really ancient version of outlook/eudora that does not support SMTP auth. 2. I would like perhaps some suggestions for different kinds of sites to add as web services for legacyweb. I intend to add weather, news and youtube (basically this will be a web interface for starting the video, and send it to vlc, and the video out of the raspberry pi would have to connect to an apple video system in order to view the youtube video). 3. I would like to see if anyone else might want to contribute. The basic secret behind doing web dev for vintage clients is: 1. For alignment, tables are your friend. Don't use divs. 2. No SSL. If you need SSL, tunnel it. 3. No Javascript. Or very little. Make sure it actually works with your old browser first. 4. Do everything you on the server side (in php). For user input, form submission is your best friend. 5. No new media. Old browsers will choke on pretty much any images other than jpg and gif, for example. What I am doing is either downloading the image from the site, converting it if necessary and then storing it in a ram disk in /var/www/html/images-tmp (I don't want to do it on actual storage, since I don't want to wear out the disk). I have done my testing in Netscape Navigator 4.04. Project site: https://github.com/justinschw/legacyweb
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    Got a free Power Macintosh 6500

    This is a pretty good find. An elderly woman had a couple old computers that she wanted to get rid of, and that included this Power Macintosh 6500 that she apparently had for a really long time but never used. Her friend had given it to her about ten years ago and it has been sitting in her office all that time. She simply wanted me to back up the personal data and wipe the hard drives (which I did from Linux, I zeroed them out completely). It is hard to tell from this picture but there is remarkably little yellowing on the case or monitor. It has been quite a while since I have possessed an apple CRT monitor from this time period; I have always used PC CRTs with an adapter. It seems to be working but I have noticed the occasional dreaded "zap of death" that I used to get on one of my old CRTs before it died. I have moved my A/V video system to this machine. It has 32mb of RAM which apparently is not enough to play starcraft on top of mac os 7.6. :( There is also no ethernet card and this is not a nubus mac so I can't move the old card from my 6300 to this one. I am not sure what I want to do with this machine. I feel like I am running out of space and I don't have a whole lot of time to devote to my old computer hobby anymore, so I am considering selling it on eBay. I figure eBay is best since a lot of people there will pay pretty decent money for things like this. Unless there is someone here (hopefully someone from the Austin area) who would be interested in it.
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    Got a free Power Macintosh 6500

    I just sold it today to a guy in Kyle, he paid me 80 bucks for it. He seemed very excited to pick it up. I am glad that it went to a fellow vintage mac lover. I had forgotten about this, but I texted him later letting him know that it had an apple video system installed. I hadn't installed the software for it yet. All it needs is Apple Video Player right? Or does it need extensions?
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    Got a free Power Macintosh 6500

    It was from a friend of a friend. She was an older lady; her friend had given it to her over ten years ago and she never got around to using it. The only thing she asked of me was to copy off all her friends' personal data from it (and her own personal data from an old windows 98 PC she also had there), and zero out the drives. She wanted to get rid of the machines. If you are still interested, let me know. If it were a few years ago, I would not be wanting to get rid of this machine. As it is, I have so little free time now, and my collection is gathering dust. My wife has been purging a bunch of stuff she doesn't use anymore, and I need to do my part. I also need the extra space in the garage because I want to turn it into a combined office/man cave.
  12. I got a 6500 board on eBay. It arrived this weekend, wrapped in bubble wrap, not in anti static bag. Ugh. At first when I tried putting it into my performa 6300cd, it wouldn't respond to the power button at all. I found out this was because some of the pins were bent. I fixed this using a tiny bit of superglue, then I put it back in. This time it turned on, the speakers coughed, but there was no chime and nothing came on the screen. I checked if the ram was seated properly, it seems to be. Th seller apparently put some "warranty void if removed" tape across the rom and the ram for some reason. I wondered if anyone had an immediate idea of what could be wrong here. Otherwise I am probably going to see about getting a refund.
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    Got a free Power Macintosh 6500

    I guess 50 bucks would be good enough for me. That is a 50 dollar profit, after all. :P
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    Help with external apple cd300

    I paid a pretty penny for an external SCSI CD-ROM drive on eBay. It was listed as working. I have had one of these in the past and I don't remember the setup being that difficult, just plug it in and it works. But for some reason I can't get it working with my LC III. I noticed there were two SCSI ports on the back of the CD-ROM, I have tried them both. It just spins up, blinks for a little, then goes dark. No CD on the desktop. Before I go back to eBay and report that the item is not working, I wanted to check and make sure there is nothing I am missing here. I don't need to install drivers, do I? I am using Macintosh System 7.5. I remember plugging one of these into my SE in the past and I didn't need drivers then. Any help appreciated!
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    CRT repair?

    Hi all, I am having issues with my best CRT monitor. Basically it started with random refreshes/zaps, it would happen sporadically while I am using it. But then I started having an issue where there would just be no picture. The light would turn green but the screen would remain black. I know that the tube is still good because of how sometimes I still get a picture. I thought it might be the video card, but I plugged the computer into a different monitor and it worked fine. I am wondering how hard it would be to fix something like this. It sounds like maybe a bad relay or something; or if it is blown caps then that is easy to fix. Anyone had experience with this before? I had it happen to an old CRT and I put that one in recycling. I just got this monitor a couple of years back and never had problems with it until I started using it again a few weeks ago. It is a really nice monitor and I would hate to junk it.
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    Evie's Conquests

    This makes me chuckle a little bit, because I remember when I was in high school and Apple started selling these G5s... and at that time 100 for it would be an absolute steal, even with no ram and hd. They were top of the line at the time. I remember the web form where you could build your mac to order, and I maxed everything out and the estimated total was like $3K or something crazy like that. They had these in the computer lab at the community college where I took dual credit courses, and I used to drool over them.
  17. I have recently installed and initialized an external mass storage drive for my Apple IIGS and installed System 6.0.1 on it. I had been able to access floppies just fine from within GSOS booted from the hard drive. But I had noticed that the 5.25 wasn't working, and then I noticed that the second floppy wasn't working. I rebooted and messed with the slots and set the startup slot to 5, and it seems I am able to boot from the bottom floppy, but when I boot back up from the hard drive even this floppy is not showing up on the desktop when I insert one. I am wondering if it is possible that my slot configuration is wrong or something. Also I am unable to boot from my 5.25, which I was able to do before. I have checked and the drivers are there for the 3.5 and 5.25 drives in GSOS on the hard drive.
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    Floppy drives stopped working in IIGS

    I opened up the drive tonight and I believe I have spotted a blown capacitor.
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    Floppy drives stopped working in IIGS

    OK, so now I am able to access both 3.5 drives from GS/OS and boot from them as well. However, my 5.25 drive is not working at all. I have tried even plugging just that one in. I had another very rusty looking one lying around, I tried that one and it didn't work either. When I power on the machine there is this tiny, extremely brief flash from the red light ont he 5.25 drive, and when I turn the computer off there is another one that is slightly brighter. But there is no indication that the GS is even trying to read from this drive. Could it be a hardware failure? I am still thinking this is a misconfiguration issue, because nothing has really changed hardware-wise. The 5.25 drive was just plugged in this whole time and the only thing I was changing was the slots and the startup slot. The 5.25 drive was working fine before and I have booted up oregon trial plenty of times and played it. This is really making me sad because I have a ton of software on 5.25 disks. I really want this to work.
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    Need help with SCSI2SD in a IIGS

    I figured it out. I had to use a SCSI utilities disk (Chinook) in order to properly partition the hard drive. Apparently doing it from my LC III was the wrong thing to do, and Copy II Plus didn't cut it either. Now the installer recognizes my drive just fine.
  21. I have set up my SCSI2SD with SCSI ID 6 (needed for the IIGS to recognize it, apparently) and a 30MB drive. Here are my results. When I load Copy II Plus, it recognizes the drive. I can format it from there. There isn't an option to initialize it. I am not entirely sure what that actually means anyhow. From Copy II Plus, I can also copy the contents of my System 6.0.1 disk onto it (although there is an error at some point) and it becomes bootable (almost), but then says that I need a SCSI driver on it in order to boot. How it begins to boot in the first place without the SCSI driver in place is beyond me. If I put in the System 6.0.1 drive and boot it up (I have to manually set startup slot to 5 in this case), there is no hard drive icon on the desktop. When I pop in the system tools disk and run advanced disk utility, I can't see the hard drive anywhere no matter how many times I click the "disk" button. I just can't figure out how to get System 6.0.1 to recognize the disk. It seems the IIGS itself is recognizing it just fine. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks!
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    Need help with SCSI2SD in a IIGS

    So I realized that the GSOS system disk does not contain a SCSI driver on it, but the System Tools 1 disk does. Unfortunately the System Tools 1 disk is not bootable, and there is not enough room on the system disk to just copy the driver over. I have tried to create a kind of "frankenstein" disk from the two with no success. According to this page I am supposed to load up a system disk with SCSI support. How am I to do this??
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    Need help with SCSI2SD in a IIGS

    Apple II High Speed SCSI card
  24. Ok guys this is what I have tried. I loaded system 6.0.1 and then went to the floppy II emu and selected Music Studio 2.0. I ejected the system floppy and then popped in a blank one and initialized/erased it. I dragged the Music2.0 disk to the blank disk and copied it all over. But the thing is, it didn't work because when I try to boot from the floppy then it just gives me a blank white screen and plays the startup sound over and over again. If I boot from the image on the floppy emu then it works fine. Is there an application specifically for copying disks byte by byte? I tried to load up Copy II plus but for some reason it was not able to even catalog the Music Studio 2.0 image loaded from the floppy ii emu.
  25. Nevermind I figured it out. Turns out you have to eject the copy ii plus disk after it boots up. Then you have an option "disk with format" after you select "copy." This makes a byte-by-byte copy of the disk.
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