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#1 Byte Knight OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:18 AM

Hey guys,

 

I recently picked up a barely-used Platinum IIe and wanted to fill my MicroDrive HD up with games.  I ran across this HD image which is loaded with DOS games, including my favorites from Broderbund, that you can run from ProDOS using the program DOS 3.3 Launcher:

 

http://www.whatisthe...fun-iigs-style/

 

If you remove the GS startup system file (I forget which one it is) then in boots directly into FastBoot which lives up to its name.  32 megs of DOS gaming goodness!

 

Attached is the HD image that boots directly to FastBoot.

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#2 Byte Knight OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:44 PM

This is awesome - the HD boots up in less than a second with my ReactiveMicro MicroDrive/Turbo for the IIe.  I can't believe an Apple II can move that quickly!



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Posted Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:30 PM

The Apple II is one of the simplest and most bare metal micros around town. Nothing but the processor and memory. In concept one would even say simpler than the venerable VCS. Doesn't even have any audio/video chips. And its circuitry knows nothing of color in graphics or sine waves in sound.

 

Being what's considered an intelligent peripheral using DMA. The "setup" is even simpler. The card puts the data right into memory bypassing much of the data-bus and software/firmware and CPU. Straight in it goes. No need to meander through mazes of custom chips or be handled by complex CPU-dependent software routines.



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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 12:02 PM

 

 

 

If you remove the GS startup system file (I forget which one it is) then in boots directly into FastBoot which lives up to its name.  32 megs of DOS gaming goodness!

 

Or ProDOS gaming goodness anyway. There are additional conversions of DOS->ProDOS games that you might want to look for on asimov. I have placed quite a few on my CFFA and use ProSel to make menus to select them easily.



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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 8:22 PM

Or ProDOS gaming goodness anyway. There are additional conversions of DOS->ProDOS games that you might want to look for on asimov. I have placed quite a few on my CFFA and use ProSel to make menus to select them easily.

 

 

Yes, I recently found that directory on Asimov - very cool!  I see that Ultima V was recently added...



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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 9:01 PM

"What is the Apple IIgs" is a great site.  I look forward to checking out this collection of games.



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Posted Fri Dec 8, 2017 9:32 AM

Hey guys,

 

I recently picked up a barely-used Platinum IIe and wanted to fill my MicroDrive HD up with games.  I ran across this HD image which is loaded with DOS games, including my favorites from Broderbund, that you can run from ProDOS using the program DOS 3.3 Launcher:

 

http://www.whatisthe...fun-iigs-style/

 

If you remove the GS startup system file (I forget which one it is) then in boots directly into FastBoot which lives up to its name.  32 megs of DOS gaming goodness!

 

This HD image not only has just about every Integer Basic based games and programs that works under Prodos, but a huge collection of file based games just to add to your collection.

 

http://mirrors.apple...c.Pdos8.2mg.zip



#8 Byte Knight OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Dec 9, 2017 10:25 PM

 

This HD image not only has just about every Integer Basic based games and programs that works under Prodos, but a huge collection of file based games just to add to your collection.

 

http://mirrors.apple...c.Pdos8.2mg.zip

 

Very cool - thanks for sharing!



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Posted Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:57 PM

I added my HD image that boots directly to FastBoot to the first post.

 

I'd love to see more HD images full of games, particularly with ProSel for the operating system.





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