Problem booting GeoS on Apple IIe

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Problem booting GeoS on Apple IIe

Hi All,

I recently purchased a copy of GeoS for the Apple IIe and it seems that all the disks and manuals are there. I have a mouse card installed and the 80column memory card installed as well. However, when I insert the boot disk and it starts up the system says loading Geos but then stops and says 80 column card needed to continue. What's up? Do I need the latest 80column card the smaller one that's only 1.5x3" or shouldn't the older style work with the jumper in place? Any ideas. Thanks

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I wasn't aware that the IIe c

I wasn't aware that the IIe could run that...

Did you make sure the card is clean on the contacts (no dirt or anything)? Try a pencil eraser on the contacts and see if you can take any dirt off of it.

Is this Particular Software Meant for the IIe, or is it for a IIGS?

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Yep box says Apple IIe version

I'll give the card a cleaning and see if it works. I've not had any problems with it on other programs though, so who knows.....

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Maybe it's a different 80 column card that I need

Ok so i'm looking through the net and it seems there is also a 80 column RGB card that was available, maybe that is what i need for the program. I still have yet to clean the connectors though. Will try that first.

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Still no luck

Also, since i've cleaned the 80 col. card the disk still says the same thing. Hmm... Also, of note I tried a few of the other disks in the box and they say no boot image. Wild! So i guess I will continue playing LoadRunner

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Disk drive maintenence, 80col/64k card

A couple of thoughts;

-Most of the Apple Disk ][ drives out there have had a lot of usage on them but have never had a maintenence servicing, which can make them operate inconsistently. Maintenence means: 1)open the housing 2)blow/brush out all the dust/cobwebs 3) clean the magnetic heads 4) calibrate the motor speed 5)close the housing.

-Most DHGR (Double Hi-Resolution Graphics) graphics programs on the Apple ][ require an 80col/64k expansion card. The annoying historical reality was that 80col, 64K, and combination 80col/64k expasion cards were all sold, but the last one is the one that I think you need.

-You may also need to have your computer (a ][e ?) "enhanced", if it isn't already. This was an upgrade that Apple did to correct some errors and make the computer be able to use the DHGR feature. This means swapping the CPU from a 6502 to a 65c02, and replacing 3 of the ROM chips. You can tell if your Apple IIe is enhanced when it starts up. At the top the screen it prints a message that is either "Apple ][e" or "Apple //e". The first one is the unehanced message, the second one means the computer has been enhanced.

Good luck, Mutant Pie

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I think those items are covered

Hey Thanks for the tips. I've checked the drives with various programs and all seem to work except this one.

The Double hi-res seems to be working as I have a really old but still cool version of "Rampage" which uses "double Hi-Res" according to the box. All the graphics and text seem to work fine on that as does my AppleWorks disk.

When I start it up I get the //e on the screen. I'm thinking either it's something mysterious or it might be a bad copy of the software. Came from ebay and was shipped via standard mail so could be that it got zapped somewhere along the way.

I'm not giving up though, thanks for the tips!

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GEOS disk images at Asimov

Another option you can try is to download the entire GEOS disk image set from the Asimov Archive. Then transfer it from your current computer to the Apple //e and try booting it. That way you'll know if the copy you bought through Ebay is the problem. I already downloaded the disk images from Asimov so I could e-mail them to you if you'd like.

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Great tips, need someway of getting the files to my IIe

Hey that's a great idea! My only downfall is the lack of a way to get the files to my Apple IIe. I've looked into the flash card option but there is no software to allow access to the formatted cards via my Apple/Mac. Pretty ironic huh, that the software for the Apple II compact flash card runs on a Windows PC. Wild! I did read about a group that was going to make a 5.25 USB drive but not yet available that I know of.

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What Mac(s) do you have? Mac

What Mac(s) do you have? Mac OS can read ProDOS volumes.

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Getting Geos to your //e

> Hey that's a great idea! My only downfall is the lack of a way to
> get the files to my Apple IIe. I've looked into the flash card
> option but there is no software to allow access to the formatted
> cards via my Apple/Mac. Pretty ironic huh, that the software for the
> Apple II compact flash card runs on a Windows PC. Wild! I did read
> about a group that was going to make a 5.25 USB drive but not yet
> available that I know of.

I've got another option for you, if you're willing. I'm able to transfer files between my Mac and IIGS, so I could turn the GEOS disk images into real 5.25 disks for you and then mail them to you.

Let me know what you think. If you'd prefer to get in touch with me directly my e-mail address is:

magnusfalkirk at yahoo.com

Dean

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