Archive for October, 2009

New Odyssey2 Multi-Cart is out!

Monday, October 26th, 2009

For those Odyssey2 and Videopac fans out there, John Dondzila at Classic Game Creations has come out with a new 233-in-1 Multi-Cart for these systems. You can bet this will be on display at the MGC ’10 show, in the UC area of course!

And it is only $40! You can’t beat that price!

Got the IIe stuff!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

I don’t have time for a few weeks due to some college tests coming up, but I did finally get the Apple IIe enhancement kit. Once I get that put into the IIe, I can start testing and using the MicroDrive I got for that computer. I really want the IIe in the show for 2010, and can hopefully get some great games running on the MicroDrive.

Till then, keep your stick on the ice… 😛

MicroDrive IIgs up and running!

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

I had enough time the last week of September to do a bit of testing on the new MicroDrives I bought from ReactiveMicro. I put in the IIgs one (they sell a IIe and IIgs version), and it booted up wonderfully. I copied over the entire contents of my old SCSI drive, which did not take long at all, and so far everything is working like a charm. I’ve been using it a bit for the last week now, and have had no problems at all.

I stumbled across early this year, and just recently bought the above mentioned MicroDrives. The MicroDrive is an IDE controller card for the IIe or IIgs that is setup to use Compact Flash Cards in place of a hard drive. I can’t vouch for the IIe one yet, but the IIgs version (in particular, the Turbo one) is simply fantastic! It is so wonderful to have my rather noisy old SCSI drive shut off now. Sometimes it is hard to believe the computer is on with the new MicroDrive. Plus the MicroDrive works very well, with an installed 256MB Compact Flash Card, broken up into partitions (since GS/OS cannot handle partitions larger than 32MB at a time). As for overall speed, it is somewhat faster than using my old SCSI drives. I need to play with this thing a lot more, but for now, I’m more than satisfied with this new piece of hardware for my old Apple IIgs. For anyone out there with a working (enhanced) IIe or IIgs, I would highly recommend the MicroDrive!

Thus, at this point, the IIgs is officially in the UC ’10 display. I will need to do some more work on it, and see about adding a few games, but the system is in for sure!

Now all I need to do is get the IIe enhancement chips so I can get the IIe MicroDrive up and running.

MicroDrive (IIe version) – Loading up the IIgs MircoDrive
MicoDrive! Loading Flash Drive