Unable to use most games/utilities on Floppy Emu - Apple IIGS

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Many 3.5" and 5.25" games on my Floppy Emu are getting stuck on a screen (ex: see attachment below), but they are all varying versions of ProDOS 8 and 16. One game, Ancient Art of War (and it's succesor, Ancient Art of War at Sea) instead just show a blank screen. So far, of all 10+ games I've tried, only one has worked, Oregon Trail. No idea why. Can someone please assist? Is it some control panel setting? My startup slot is 5 or 6... I don't remember, and I'm allocating all 8MB of my ram, running on the fast (2.8MHz) config speed. Any ideas?

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For troubleshooting I would

For troubleshooting I would remove/unplug all contemporary peripheral cards (you seem to have several of them in your //GS) and will add them one by one if needed at all.

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retro_devices wrote:For
retro_devices wrote:

For troubleshooting I would remove/unplug all contemporary peripheral cards (you seem to have several of them in your //GS) and will add them one by one if needed at all.

 

Good idea. I did some testing and here are the results:

|  No cards                                                                       |  Some tested games work, some don't  ||  8MB Ram card                                                           |  All tested games work                              |

|  CIRTECH SCSI Interface card, 8MB Ram card  | Most games do not work, very few do.  | 

Seems the SCSI card is messing something up... it's not connected to anything (yet). Could that have something to do with it? Or is tehre some control panel setting I can fix? Or is it simply faulty?

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Just spitballing, do you

Just spitballing, do you still have trouble with the scsi card if you configure the ram card to be 4mb instead of 8? There is a utility that allows you to change the setting till next power off, or permanently until you change the setting again. 

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How do I change this? What

How do I change this? What utlity? Control panel?

 

EDIT #1: Got it, GWRAM. Trying now.

EDIT #2: No luck. Going to try troubleshooting through the SCSI testing software provided by CIRTECH.

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Look's like I can't even boot

Look's like I can't even boot the SCSI support disk provided by CIRTECH when the SCSI is in! I can only boot it when the SCSI is out of my //GS, and well, that ain't helpful. I'm kind of stumped. I ordered a BlueSCSI recently, so I'll wait it out 'till that arrives and plug it in, and if all else fails, I'll see if I can return it. If anyone has any feedback, please share! Thank you!

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I'm guessing you have boot

I'm guessing you have boot slot set to scan? Which means it will try and boot the scsi card in 7 first. What if you tell it to specifically boot slot 6 (5.25 disks) or slot 5 (3.5 disks) with the scsi card still in 7? It could still cause issues. I know if I try and boot a ProDOS image in 5 or 6 and I do not have my BlueSCSI plugged in, the boot time takes forever. It seems like ProDOS is trying to scan the SCSI bus for volumes and has to time out before it continues booting. It will eventually boot normally though. Just takes like 30s. 

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Is this a real British

Is this a real British CIRTECH SCSI card or one of the clones sold on ebay now?

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It's a clone of the CIRTECH I

It's a clone of the CIRTECH I found on eBay for like $70. I have the boot in the control panel set to slot 5. My //GS stops reading the floppy emu entirely after booting into ProDOS, so I'm pretty sure there's something wrong. Anyway, I'm returning the SCSI and buying a ReActiveMicro Drive/Turbo. That should work fine, right?

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Most likely your SCSI card

Most likely your SCSI card waits for a valid SCSI drive which you don't have now connected. On the other hand it may have a design problem with ProDOS 16 unlike with ProDOS 8. I never had this CIRTECH SCSI card. I tried Apple SCSI card, Apple high speed SCSI card,  and RAMFAST SCSI card.

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