Keatah, on Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:50 AM, said:
The skills learned in setting up a functioning system with ADT and bare metal will serve you well. It's like a rite of passage. If you can't do it then you shouldn't be messing with classic computing. It's really quite simple. One step at a time.
*rolls eyes* gimme a break, lol.
Considering I've already
done this with an Amiga, MSX, and C64's, I'm not really that
worried about getting it to work. I've fixed enough 1541s, transferred .d64's around, and modified enough C64s that I think my "rite of passage" already happened. Ever sit and tweak 1541s that are dismantled, while they're running? It's boring.
Aside from me mixing up the term server/client a few posts back (probably due to not being awake), this ADT operates like the NoWind interface. The only difference being, this Apple II is untested and may not even work right. My MSX's are known to work because I have games and carts for them...
This IIc came from someones basement where it sat for the better half of two decades. I think they said the basement flooded. They're heavy smokers. There are alot of variables here that indicate I may have a hosed setup.
I don't feel like screwing around only to find out this dingy Apple II is broken or that my disks I haven't touched in 5+ years are all gimped. Getting the disk in known working condition would take the guess work and time wasting out of the equation. What if the disk drive I have is broken? It would be alot easier to trouble shoot with known-working Apple II disks. I have none of those either. I could type in some BASIC program and save it to disk... but if I'm already ordering a cable, why not get the disk while I am at it ? It saves me time. Or, do you suggest I also make the cable myself, because buying that would ruin my rite of passage too?
After looking at the how-to, you're all right, it is pretty simple. Easier than the stupid crap you have to do with the C64...so I am looking forward to that. But, this is assuming your floppy drives work fine and you've got disks you trust.
The C64 and Amiga are alot of the reason I don't have a strong urge to spend alot of time tinkering. I'm reluctant to waste time on it anymore. I'm hoping this rekindles my tinkering nature, but right now, I've got better things to do, like program
the classic computers and consoles that I apparently shouldn't be messing with. In my world, programming takes precedence over dicking off with cables and hardware that may be dodgy. Playing games is more important too. This is why I am willing to give the Apple II a shot, but I want to get the ball rolling with as little annoying effort as possible.. The C64 sucked to tinker with.
Edited by Arkhan, Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:07 PM.