Building my own SD card interface for the Apple II

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Ciderpress shows 1 [CFFA]

Ciderpress shows 1 [CFFA] partition, 1  ProDOS partition and 5 Unknown partitions on one card.

 

i just tried it on another card with 4 partitions by copy loading the profile.2mg image to partitions 3 and 4, same issues.  i notice if i press open-apple key, the IIsd light will go out with the key presses or sometimes break with an onscreen error.  i ran apple //e diags via my SDisk II and diags checks out fine, no errors, shows my IIe is enhanced.  I also ran the apple diags against my 8mb 80 column card, it passed all apple diags, mem test and screen res tests.  i also ran the apple diags disk controller tests with my SDisk II and it passed all tests.

 

will the profile.2mg boot on a 64k enhanced IIe via the IIsd card?  my IIsd card must be working if it least brings up the copyright screen upon boot up.

 

thanks for the help!

 

//kneehighspy

 

 

 

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Amount of Partion on AppleIISD

Hi kneehighspy, 

sorry i was a little bit unprecise. It is necessary that the partitions are following to the other.

In simple words in my Apple Sytem I have to fill Partition 1 and 2 to boot from Slot7, 

Fill up Partition 1, 2, 3, 4 to boot From Slot 4 to 7. (in my last message I wrote from every Slot, but i am tested it only from 4-7.

Please change the Prodos Name from Partition1 to PartionX, fx Part1, Part2 ...

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CPU is 65C02? (NOT just 6502)

CPU is 65C02? (NOT just 6502)

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yeah my cpu is a 65c02.

yeah my cpu is a 65c02.

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Then if everything is built

Then if everything is built correctly and working, your card must not be setup right.

I had to mess around with AppleCider for a while to get mine right  between the SD card reader, Admin privileges, and the correct steps in order to make it work...

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well i've tried pretty much

well i've tried pretty much everything, even using winimg32 to write an image to the cards, always stuck on the IIsd boot copyright screen with led in, sometimes flickers like trying to load.   built another IIsd, same exact issues.

 

tried external sd card reader, still same issues.  it has to be an sd card issue or the way ciderpress is doing things.  i've  tried 4 different types of cards, none it seems work.  they work fine with the Sdisk II i built, they fine with the unocart 2600s i've built, the ultimate carts i've built, the c64 sdiec carts i've built, etc.

 

gonna order a couple different brands and see how that goes :)

 

//kneehighspy

 

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mikedanick wrote:well i've
mikedanick wrote:

well i've tried pretty much everything, even using winimg32 to write an image to the cards, always stuck on the IIsd boot copyright screen with led in, sometimes flickers like trying to load.   built another IIsd, same exact issues.

 

tried external sd card reader, still same issues.  it has to be an sd card issue or the way ciderpress is doing things.  i've &nbs

 

Please post back how you get on, and especially if you manage to find a solution as I have the same issues with the IIsd that a built a few years ago (mine is the original version from the first run).

 

Cheers,

Mike

 

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i definitely will :) /

i definitely will :)

 

//kneehighspy

 

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i finally got my sd cards working with  the IIsd.  here's what worked for me:

 

diskpart (using windows 7)

list disk

select disk # (# is which disk your sd card is)

clean

exit

using ciderpress

loaded profile.2mg from file

then did the same for the next two unknown partitions

 

and now the IIsd boots all my sd cards fine.

 

//kneehighspy

 

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Sorry for the late answers, I

Sorry for the late answers, I was distracted with the restoration of a 1956 all-tube television. Challenging but intriguing!

@Barawitzka: Yes, for a HW1.2.x card only the firmware needs to be updated. A HW1.1 card may need a modification: and another mod may be needed for the first HW1.0 cards. The CPLD was last updated in March 2019, before the release of  HW1.2.1

@mikedanick: Great that you could solve your SD card issues! Maybe (or hopefully) this will be a solution for this issue that has plagued a lot of users. The AppleIISd uses direct access starting from address 0 on the SD card without a FAT or similar. Ciderpress uses the same scheme. Somehow on some SD cards address 0 seems not to be the same when accessed from Ciderpress and the AppleIISd. I still haven't found out why. I appreciate your input.

 

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Kit or Assembled

Hi Flo,

Please add me to the list of interested persons for either a kit or assembled version of your card.

Cheers,

mark

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Modifications

would you mind someone modding your design and taking inputs that were previously mentioned in the forum and add them to the card?  of course full credit is still given to you on the card / design.

 

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@mikedanick: I don't mind at

@mikedanick: I don't mind at all! To me, it is the idea behind open projects to be able to contribute. It would be best if the changes would be committed via a pull request on GitHub. That way all credits stay intact and it is transparent for everyone.

 

I also would not mind someone helping me with CP/M support. This was a feature request for a long time, but I know nearly nothing about the system or the Z80 CPU.

 

@VAstargazer: PM sent

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sounds good, any changes will

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