Okay so, I've gotten the kinks ironed out with this Lisa.. the mouse works now, and the floppy drive, although not 100% will format, write and read to disks properly.
This Lisa as mentioned is currently running Macworks. I would prefer to run the Lisa Office System, since to me that's what a Lisa is all about. As far as I can tell, this machine has not had the square pixel mod.
I don't have deserialized (or otherwise) LOS disks. Here is what I do have on hand to help me with the task of putting LOS onto the Profile:
- The Lisa itself and mostly working 400k drive and Profile drive (running MacWorks 3.0)
- A Mac Plus
- A Mac Classic
- A Mac SE
- Mac Color Classic
- LC Network card that works in LC and CC
- Mac LCs
- External 20mb SCSI Mac hard drive
- External Superdrive
- External 800k drive
- Tons of PCs with various hardware arrangements
- Downloaded images of LOS from Raoul's site.
Thinking I had this down, I hooked up the CC to the internet, downloaded the image files, then copied them to my 20mb external. I then hooked up the external to my Mac Plus, ran Disk Copy (which complains that it wants 1600k rather than the 1535k the Plus apparently has, but runs anyway), created the first LOS disk 1 of 5 with it (on a brand new double density disk). Took that disc over to the Lisa, fired it up, but it ejects and won't boot from it.
To test interoperability, I formatted a disk in the Lisa (in Macworks), copied a small text file to it, and then brought it to the Plus. The Plus would not read it -- wanted to initialize. If I erase a disk on the Plus and do the same thing and then bring it to the Lisa, the Lisa cannot read it, and wants to erase, and vice versa. On one occasion, I managed to init a disk on the Lisa, copy a small file to it, and have the Plus read it. But wasn't able to replicate that feat ever again.
So I'm not sure what's not compatible here or what the next step would be. If I had a way to transfer the images directly (ie. via serial), I suppose I could attempt to run Diskcopy under Macworks (?) and then write the images directly on the Lisa. But at present I don't see a way to do that.
I'm just not sure if I'm dealing with flaky hardware or a fundamental incompatibility. I don't know the degree to which Macworks is compatible with the actual MacOS. With no way to test these Lisa boot images except on the Lisa I have, I can't tell if we're actually accomplishing anything or not. And obviously Macworks won't read Lisa formatted disks.
If anyone has any ideas -- tricks I can try, hardware to buy.. I'm all ears.