I have just recently aquired some older hardware that a school was throwing away. An Apple IIGS, with 5.25" and 3.5" external drives + monitor. I was able to boot into the console and write some simple BASIC programs. I haven't been able to write anything to the floppies though as I have no manuals, etc.
I also got a DuoDock with a Powerbook 230 and 14" Monitor. However this boots up with AfterDark which is password protected and is basically useless to me currently.
My main dilemma is how the heck do I make boot disks/app disks for these? My only connection to internet are through my PCs (ie non-Apple h/w). I've seen several emulators out there but haven't managed to get anything working properly.
I am a bit more interested in getting the IIGS working again, and I can/have DL the system 6.0.1 disk images from Apple's site... although they are .sit.bin format so they are a bit useless to me right now as well. I have tried several suggestions. I have a friend with an iMac as well and we tried to make boot disks (800k) on that, but we gave up there too as his external USB floppy didn't seem able to format 800k disks (1.4M only)...
Maybe if I got the powerbook up I would have a platform to produce the IIGS floppies (it has a 3.5" drive in the dock). The only catch there is getting the media in a format I can install it. Perhaps someone has old MacOS on floppies on ebay for sale??
If anyone has successfully made 800k working floppies from a PC I would be greatly interested in hearing about it (be it through an emulator, etc.). I've just been a bit frustrated in recent times. Even the ROM images I saw for many emus out there were in .sea or sit format which of course I can't use on a PC either.
Are there commands in Applesoft BASIC to format floppies? I can get to the "]" prompt, but I have yet to get the drives to do anything except spit out floppies at boot time that it doesn't like.