Trackstar - Apple II clone on a PC ISA card - new website up

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Trackstar - Apple II clone on a PC ISA card - new website up

Hey guys,

Just a heads-up to let you know my Trackstar website is up, covering the E, 128 and also Quadram's Quadlink <-- These are all "Apple II on a PC ISA card" Apple II clones. Really cool little devices!
If you own these devices, esp. the Trackstar E or Plus, there's HUNDREDS of disk images in its TrackStore format that I've converted manually.
So you can download and enjoy a HUGE amount of software without needing real Apple II disks.

There's also a working KryoFlux disk image of the Trackstar 128 Utility Program disk, so you can create a disk with the copy protection intact which allows you to actually use your 128. This is perfect for those who -- like me -- bought their 128 without the necessary disk. D'oh!

There ain't a lot of info or resources about the Trackstar cards out there, so I hope mine fills the void.

Enjoy it @
[b]http://www.diskman.com/presents/trackstar/" title="http://www.diskman.com/presents/trackstar/">www.diskman.com/presents/trackstar[/b]

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I used to have an old IBM PC

I used to have an old IBM PC with a Quadlink card in it.  Unfortunately my wife made me throw it away about 10 years ago.  :-(  It actually would run a pretty reasonable amount of stuff that would work on a basic Apple ][+, and even read normal 140k Apple II 5.25" floppies.  I never really tried a lot of copy protected disks, but I don't remember running into much that didn't work.

 

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The Quadlink is a bit of a

It's cool to hear about your experience with it, thanks for sharing. Shame about your having to ditch it, though.

 

For those not familiar: The Quadlink is a bit of a beast, in that its necessary floppy drive connection adds a bulge to the card -- you have to really put some thought into which ISA cards to put where, in order to satisfy this thing -- and the specific routing of cables all over the inside of the case just adds to the frustration.


But! Once installed it is a neat little card. My only gripe is that real Apple II floppy drives can't be connected; using Apple II disks in a PC drive is far from ideal.

 

As I have time, I hope to do a lot of compatibility testing on the Quadlink. Thing is, and like I say on the website, it seems to use a real (bootlegged?) Apple II ROM. So, unlike with the Trackstar, compatibility testing may actually be a waste of time.

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There have been several

There have been several updates to the website since my last post, including:

 

* Addition of a verified copy of the Trackstar E software (from my own original disk)

* Trackstar 128 EPROM data

* Quadlink ROM data

 

I am seeking the original Trackstar (aka Trackstar 64) and the Trackstar Plus, for continued research. If anyone has one for sale, or just to loan out for a while, please let me know.

 

More updates to follow.

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Was there a MicroChannel

Was there a MicroChannel Architecture Apple II card?

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I have seen no evidence of an

I have seen no evidence of an MCA Trackstar ever having existed. While the Trackstar Plus was specifically engineered for the PS/2 Model 25 and 30, it is still an ISA card.

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Thank you for the reply.

Thank you for the reply.

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