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CFFA 3000 installed today

Posted by potatohead, 19 August 2012 · 1,045 views

I'll go ahead and post up some images and such later. Didn't have a lot of time for that today, but I did have time to install the card and get it configured well enough to go and run some stuff.

My Apple only has a single Disk ][ That's been a little limiting, simply because it's not enough storage for some of the better things you can run on an Apple. Don't get me wrong, an Apple ][ computer with ADT and a single disk is a lot of fun, and much is possible. I've been able to do some light programming and run a few favorite old games. Very good solution, though it is necessary to keep a few floppies around. What I ended up doing was to simply just write what I was interested in doing to one of the disks, then do it, recycling as needed. I have maybe 15 floppy disks that are in very good shape. Worked for me, though it was cumbersome to deal with.

The CFFA ships with a nice, large PRODOS hard disk image already setup. Booting that takes about 3-5 seconds. It's just amazing, and more zippy than I remember hard disks being back when I got to use real ones. Love the storage, don't miss the fiddly hard disk at all.

I chose to employ USB, simply because I didn't have a CF card handy, and an extension cable is easy to route out the back of the machine and onto the desktop where I can just plug it in. This rocks really hard. Very well done, and easily the most simple and robust 8 bit storage solution I've used, and I've used a few and on a few machines, Atari, CoCo, Apple, some tethered to a PC, some using SD Cards.

Of course the Apple is so damn nice because of the slots and the ROM featuring the basic options needed to just use the devices. Now, when I boot the Apple, it drops right into PRODOS running off that large image. I don't have a lot in there yet, but I probably will as I do some projects. If I want to boot a real floppy, insert it and issue PR #6 to boot from that real disk ][. If I want to boot a virtual disk ][, that's in slot 5 on my apple, so it's PR #5. Simple. Pressing M after a boot gets me to the CFFA menu where I can deal with disk images and such, and for multi-disk programs, I can either load up a drive or two, or toggle among a set of images using the remote thing.

That remote is just a board, so I've gotta enclose it somehow, just so it doesn't break easily. Other than that, it's just cake. Push the button to shift to the next sequential disk image setup in the menu, and it's just like moving a floppy.

Highly Recommended. This device is very well executed, and I had a lot of fun today giving it a test run.

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