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  1. Quick update - 25 bluepills arrived and are genuine - so I do have a supplier now, though they're a bit more expensive then I'd like, but that seems to be with everything from China right now. I'll have 60 blanks and 30 bluepills ready to ship kits or fully assembled next week (fingers crossed) & already have 15 spoken for. I have a 3D holder designed too that should fits nicely into compact macs or an external case. We'll see how fast the supply goes and I'll guesstimate another run. Will update again once the boards arrive.

  2. Well progress! I used CiderPress to make a new drive 1 kb smaller. Opened the image from apple-2.com, select all, copy, open the new drive I created and "special" pasted them in preserving prefix.

     

    After that I booted off the FloppyEMU again, opened Copy II - did a sector copy to the ProDOS partition on the Mac. Relabeled the drive to FE (to match the other image) - rebooted and walla - it works!

     

    @Realitystorm I did read through your guides and were helpful, but I was never able to create an exactly 32mb partition or have your images mount. As mentioned above any single partition that I made ProDOS that did not also have a mac partition never showed up. And the Apple HD utility would not allow me to create the correct size partition.

     

    Regardless I'm happy and I'll zip up and upload this to the RaSCSI Mac Garden page - works with BlueSCSI/Arduscsino too.

  3. Was able to play some Oregon Trail and Pac Mac with the wife last night so it was a good time, but still booting from the floppyemu.

     

    I did update to the latest image from apple-2.com - but I am unable to do a disk copy from within the apple ii as the sizes of the drives (floppyemu's and one on the mac) do mot match. When formatting ProDOS with Apple HD Setup Max(32Mb) is actually 1kb less than 32Mb! The size does not match and it fails to copy as it's not exactly the same.

     

    I did attempt to copy files again but still no boot. I'm not sure if there's an order or blessing or something needed to make files on a ProDOS drive boot, but I'm a bit stuck on that.

  4. Progress! - BMOW has a working po file on their site - so downloaded that and it booted right up! https://www.bigmessowires.com/2018/12/04/prodos-software-collection-for-floppy-emu/

    edit: there's a more up to date image from the author here - will try it later http://www.apple-2.com/

     

    I created an exactly 32mb drive on my RaSCSI - but OS7 doesnt seem to mount the drive if the only partition is a prodos partition (so couldnt set it in the iie card app) - so I created a 40mb file - formatted it exactly 32mb and the rest is a Mac partition.

     

    I copied over everything from the BMOW po using Apple System Utils to the 32mb prodos hdd partition... but it's not bootable? I'm unsure if I have to do something else to make it boot. I am able to run/browse to it and play games off of it, but I just get a `]` prompt when it's the only drive in the system.

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  5. Getting further - got that image on the FloppyEMU in Smartport mode - shows it. But the IIe card starts - says:

    "Apple ProDos 8 v2.4.1"

    then

    "Previous Clock Installed".

    then

    "FBC4 -    A=06 X=57 Y=00 P=71 S=F9"

     

    Not sure what it's trying to tell me.

     

    On the bright side FloppyEMU with regular disks seems to work fine.

  6. I do have the software and can get into the card - all that works fine.

     

    The resolution oddly fixed itself after a reboot - not sure why it was cut off before.

     

    ADTPro seems nice but I'm having trouble getting any modern machine to actually use it - Sound wont work as the Input/Output doesnt seem to be passed into the iie card. I have both kingston usb->serial and usb->9pin - but they are not seen by my modern macs or windows machines. May have to buy a modern usb->9pin solution.

     

    I was able get MacADT to send the adt.dmp (version 1.3.3) to the apple ii and start it over serial, but I get "Not a 16 sector disk" as I only have 800k disks when I try to receive files.

     

    I have the reproduction Y cable and a joystick. I might just have to bite the bullet and flash my FloppyEMU to load some stuff. I'd be nice to copy some programs to the ProDOS partition I made but again not sure how to manage that :)

     

    Lastly I was able to login to my AFP server via appletalk - but it says something "boot configuration not found, contact your administrator"

     

     

  7. Hi all,

     

    I recently salvaged a IIe Card from a LC and have been trying to document and understand how to get software to it and manage/run programs. To be honest this is my first time using an Apple II since elementary school where all the commands were written on a chalkboard, so I'm a bit rusty.

     

    I have a bunch of random questions:

     

    • The IIe card is in a Color Classic - but it seems the screen is cut off on the right. Is the resolution required for the card 640x480?
       
    • I was able to take a `.po` file and write it to a 3.5" 800k disk (using the internal drive) and boot the IIe from it - using http://www.lazilong.com/apple_II/adfs/downloads/ - Though I'm not sure how to use other file types or disk sizes (the program says it is not the same sector count)
       
    • I was able to create a 10mb ProDOS HDD partition, but I'm not really sure how to "use" it. Can I copy programs on to it and run them somehow? I copied that 800k disk contents to it but it didnt seem to do anything.
       
    • I can set it to boot from an AFP server (though I'd have to be over a phonenet network as I cant have two PDS cards in) - besides http://ivanx.com/a2server/a2server_story.html - is there any AFP servers that I could run say in OS7/8 on another 68k or PowerMac machine?
       
    • I see a lot about ADTPro - though does the sound input get passed through to the IIe card? If I wanted to hook up a USB ->Serial/Modem port (on the classic) what kind of cable is required? I have a Belkin USB  -> Modem/Printer adapter, maybe that would work to get from a modern computer to the IIe card.
       
    • I do have a FloppyEMU and the reproduction cable for the IIe card - though I believe I have to flash it over to Apple, and then Flash it back to Mac. Does anyone use the same FloppyEMU for their Apple and Macs and flash back and forth? I'd like to keep this as a last resort option as Flashing back and forth doesnt seem fun.

     

    Again pretty new to this whole Apple II ecosystem so appreciate any tips or pointers on how to go about this!

  8. A few quick updates:

     

    I have the 1.0-b rev tested and is the final rev. I'm sourcing BluePills now from but everyone seems to be low on stock or jacking up shipping right now. Have a few on order but have had orders cancelled. Supply chain woe's.

     

    On the software side I've rebased the software component on ztto's which added support for different block sizes as well as updated to SdFat 2.x. I've also added a log file and debugging info in case of issues.

     

    I've added instructions and details to my Github repo wiki.

     

    I've sent a few boards and have had a few people order their own all reporting success.

     

    ToDo: design a 3d printed mount for the rev-b - mounting hole changed.

     

    Current stock is have 3 BluePills & 10 boards (2x ztto-v2's, 4x rev-a's, 4x rev-b's). Not taking orders yet but will post soon how I want to divvy up these. Will likely make 3 fully assembled and provide the rest as kits (sans BluePills - which you can buy in low quantity on amazon for an ok price)

  9. Hello all,

     

    I know almost all (read: none) of you have been wondering how you can run Mac OS 9 on your docker hosts.

     

    Maybe, like me, you keep hitting road blocks with netatalk2 and want to run your AFP File server on your modern server. Or your developing a new OS9 PPC game and want to add a build pipeline. Regardless the reason, now you can - thanks in most part to QEMU 5.2.0 release supporting PowerPC and OS9 https://wiki.qemu.org/Documentation/Platforms/PowerPC.

     

    This is a simple Docker image to compile and run with a few ease of use options.

     

    Before you ask WHY!?@? - read the README - you can still ask why but the answer will be "Why not?" :) 

     

    https://github.com/erichelgeson/mac-os9-docker

     

    I am using it as a FTP<->AFP bridge on my NAS server and works great for my needs.

     

  10. I have a 7.1 install with System Enabler 065 v1.1 - but am not getting a "bong" or anything on the screen. What I've done so far.

     

    Cleaned and recapped the board.

    Made a battery pack out of 3 AAA batteries

    Soft power is working - I hear things spin up, but nothing on the screen.

    Reflowed caps just to be sure and tested continuity on the ones i could - fine.

    Rescrubbed the board.

    Checked voltage on the scsi port while the machine was "on" - a bit under but only by 0.25v - analog board caps are on their way but not sure if that would prevent a boot.

    Disconnected the HDD to lower draw but no change.

    I do see green corrosion from between a few IC packages.

     

    Any thoughts on what else to check/test/etc while I wait for the analog board caps?

  11. Phase 2 - Mystic time!

     

    I got a 575 motherboard on a trade recently so I've started prepping. My todos are:

    • Recap the 575 board
    • 3d Print & Paint bracket
    • Recap Analog board
    • 640x480 mod

    I've already started with the Recap and Brackets.

     

    Got the 3d model for the bracket from powercc (which I think came from the 3d print thread here) - ~7 hour print and looks good. Need to figure out some paint matching or maybe I'll just paint it apple rainbow colors:

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    The motherboard was quite corroded, some of the caps came off just with a slight touch. Took a few times to get the layers of goo to come off but all pads look ok. Still needs 1/2 more cleanings mostly around the IC's

     

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  12. I have LED, Berg power, and a few other minor updates done. Though have two questions before I put in the last prototype order:

     

    The floppy berg connector - I've seen conflicting #'s on the pitch - 2.5 and 2.54 - someone on discord measured his and it was 2.54 so I'm going with that.

     

    I'm having trouble finding the right diodes on Mouser - the ones I've found for through hole are all huge(physically) and rated very high (hence the size) - If someone could help find an appropriate diode I'd appreciate it! It seems when searching for components you can get the wrong filter and never find them, then someone else looks and finds one you never saw :)

     

     

  13. 1 hour ago, jonpurdy said:

    separate from the regular RaSCSI web interface, correct

    Yes it's stand alone, after a few more people test it I'll open a PR for it.

     

    1 hour ago, jonpurdy said:

    "good first issue"

    For now just give it a spin and see what breaks or could be improved. Open an issue and if you can, fix it :)

  14. 37 minutes ago, ronan said:

    I hope everything was clear !

    It was - thanks! From my reading/learning that's how I thought it might work but glad to have someone with experience to chat with. If you are a Discord user you should jump on RaSCSI's discords (we talk about all things scsi, scuznet and ardscsino included)

  15. 1 minute ago, ronan said:

    enable/disable termination using a jumper

    Great! Ya I was testing yesterday with a zip(term enabled) -> apple cdrom -> rascsi (term enabled) and the chain wasn't working. Though in all likelihood your device will usually be the last.

     

    11 hours ago, ronan said:

    The board has some circuitry that automatically switches between these two sources, so for the end user it is really convenient.

    Could you explain this a bit more how this works? I'd like to add something similar to arscsino - but pretty new to hardware design. Thanks for the detailed blog post too!

  16. I've added some pre-build system images and utilities image to help bootstrap your RaSCSI experience. They should cover all SCSI Macs, let me know if there's a OS or utility you'd like prebuilt.

     

    https://macintoshgarden.org/apps/rascsi-68kmla-edition

     

    Also I've been working on a new version of the web interface and adding features such as download to iso (eg, give it a Macintosh garden link, it will download the file, create an HFS iso and mount it, easy way to get utilities on your Mac) and a bunch more stuff.

     

    https://github.com/erichelgeson/RaSCSI-web

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