I've put together an image which I am still working on, primarily for my II Plus, which contains some useful tools. Right now the starting point is the ProDOS 2.4.2 disk from John Brooks' website:https://prodos8.com/releases/prodos-242/
Combined into the Blank drive with firmware file provided in TJ's repo (https://github.com/tjboldt/ProDOS-ROM-Drive) I pieced it together using the instructions for Bitsy Bye (again, from John Brooks' website).
The result is an EPROM image you can burn to your 27c801 for your TJBoldt ProDOS rom drive which boots into Bitsy Bye and contains not just BASIC.SYSTEM but also Copy II Plus and ADT Pro. I thoght that even though I am still in progress with this, it is enough that some other folks might find it useful.
There is the majority of the EPROM space left still (easily 800k) so there is room certainly for other things. I am certainly open to suggestions for additions, especially if you know the utility will run from a ProDOS volume.
Photo / Bitsy Bye screen: https://i.imgur.com/c0j14Jn.jpg
ROM Image download: https://photosuckit.com/ProDOS242_TJ_beta2.po (Or attached to this post).
If your II Plus does not have a lowercase ROM installed, TJ's copyright disclaimer will appear scrambled (not a problematic issue, do not panic).
I should also mention, since this already has the card firmware as well as ProDOS etc. at the correct order at the beginning of disk, you should be able to try adding other stuff to this .po file in CiderPress before burning the EPROM without much risk.
This looks really useful. I'm doing something similar and now trying to get the STARTUP program modified to setup the menu.
Running into all sorts of problems with get it working on CiderPress so if you start messing around with this let me know. Would be interestred to see if you run into the same issue.
Exactly what issues are you having in CiderPress?
More importantly what is your end goal in modifying TJs menu? I opted for Bitsy Bye in this case for ease of use and later addition/removal of programs without having to modify a hard coded menu script. But, if your end goal is more to learn BASIC then I won't discourage you by any means.
Was just messing around with the menu to see what could be done.
Looks like a bug in Ciderpress. I edited the STARTUP file and then set the file attribute to BAS and it adds some random numbers to the top of the file.
Found a workround by using AppleCommander to add the STARTUP file to the .po image and that's fixed it.
I had time to work on this a bit more, as of now, I have the RAM test from http://www.ivanhogan.com/kfest/MemUtil/ seeming to work in a subdirectory on this card. I tested my II+ and also forced the language card test on the same. Both of those tests (Normal RAM test, a couple passes, as well as language card test) passed on my working II+ systems.
I want to add a joystick utility next, but I didn't have the same luck with the joystick utility on that website. I can give it another go, I may have missed a file, otherwise there is a much simpler application on the MicroDrive that just displays polls of X/Y constantly. That would work better than nothing.
Ideas of programs which will run from a ProDOS volume are most welcome, there is plenty of ROM space left. Primarily I'm focusing on II+, but also utils for the IIe are high priority as well.
Once I have a joystick test utility to accompany the RAM rest, I'll share another updated version of the .PO file.
Here are the video tests from Apex II in a single file - you can just drop it in the root and run it from ProDOS:
Also a full screen standard color bar pattern that I wrote in Basic:
Fantastic, thank you! They both look like they work. I have updated this disk image with them. I also added a few games (namely lode runner and tetris) from the TJBoldt Games image, as I still had a lot of space left. As it sits, still about 1/2 the room is left.
In addition to the above changes this has the RAM test from ivanhogan's website as I mentioned in my above post, and the simple joystick test from the Reactive MicroDrive Turbo.
Last year I also made a game collection for the ProDOS card with about 30 games. I am attaching it here in case you want to add any of them to your collection. This image is however for v2.4 of the card, when the firmware used to be at the bottom of the archive and will not work with version 4.0 when it was moved to the top.
Games+ProDos+Firmware for v2.4.zip