CFFA3000 & Apple IIGS

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Ok I was recently given a wonderful Apple IIGS system so I dug out my CFFA3000 and proceeded to set it up.

I do not have a CF Type I card reader on my macbook or PC, so I copied the GSOS 6.0.4 disk images to a FAT formatted USB drive, plunked it all together and booted slot #7 to the assigned "smartport" disk image.

My problem boils down to basically this:

I can boot off of the images on the USB no problem at all - in fact it will even let me boot a virtual 32MB GSOS 6.0.4 hard disk image from the USB with no problems (CFFA3000 is in slot 7, with the appropriate jumper set)

I can boot off of the real IIGS 3.5" and 5.25" floppy drives

I can boot off of the virtual Disk II (assigned to slot 6) on the CFFA3000 card

But I CANNOT figure out a way to install a bootable OS to the CF Type I card.

I have 1 32MB partition created via CFFA3000 menu, which I even wrote a new MBR for (using the menu)

If I reboot after doing this, it tries to boot the new partition which is empty of course.

If I boot off of the floppies (Installer or (System Disk) it see's the CF Type I card partition and says its unrecognizable - and allows me to initialize it but it wont let me load the GSOS onto that new partition...

I have researched and researched and even done searches here, but I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong. Anybody have a clue how to install GSOS 6.0.4 onto the CF Type I card itself??

Please??

Thank you!!

Jennifer

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Re: CFFA3000 & Apple IIGS

Hi Jennifer,

If you look at the (latest) CFFA3000 manual, on page 13 you will see instructions for preparing a CF for raw use (i.e. not using disk images). Basically you need to go into Other Settings-->Raw CF Card Settings and select the number of partitions and "Erase CF For Raw Use". Have you tried doing this?

I strongly suggest you purchasing a cheap USB CF card reader though, as using the flash card in non-raw mode is much more flexible.

Hope this helps,
Mike

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Re: CFFA3000 & Apple IIGS

Hi Mike.

I probably tried that but I will give it another go just to be sure.

I also have a CF card reader on order, just waiting for it to get here...

Thank you!!

Jennifer

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Re: CFFA3000 & Apple IIGS

Well that didn't work.

I did finally receive my CF Type I card reader and initialized the card to FAT16 with MBR (as the instructions request) and tried the process again.

This time it "saw" the card and partition and started to install GSOS 6.0.4 but about 2/3rds of the way through it said it had a corrupt directory and it halted installing.

This is after I confirmed the Type I card was good by installing a bunch of files in Windows, erasing them, etc.

The files are shown there (the ones that got installed successfully before it quit) but after a reboot they are gone.

Dunno what I am doing wrong, but at least I can boot off of the USB and do interesting stuff.

Jennifer

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