Apple /// stuff (was: Re: This weekend's haul)

From: Doug Spence <>
Date: Thu Jun 19 05:09:55 1997

On Fri, 13 Jun 1997, Sam Ismail wrote:

> My internal floppy seems to be hosed. I can't boot any disks off of it.
> Some bgin to boot but then go to error, others invoke this horrendous
> recalibration that never ends. I assume the drive head is dirty and the
> speed needs calibrating. I wonder if I can calibrate this drive like one
> can the Disk ][?

Bummer. Is it not possible to use a Disk ]['s drive mechanism with the
///? Internally or externally? Obviously trying to do so internally
would bring form factor problems, but I'm wondering if it could be done

Thankfully my internal drive works, but I wouldn't mind hooking up a
second drive to it... and the chances of finding a Disk /// lying around
are practically nil.

Oh, BTW, my Apple /// has TWO Profile cards in it, but there were no hard
drives lying around where I bought the thing. How common are those

> > I do need the system disks. I didn't get them with the machine. I wish
> > there was some way to transfer them electronically, though... which is why
> > I asked if there was a way of getting an Apple ][ to access a ///'s disks.
> > I suppose the ///'s drive is double-sided, though.
> Doug, if you want I can e-mail NuFX (ShrinkIt) images to you. This would
> be the quickest way for you to get them. You'd need an Apple // running
> shrinkit of course. The disk format between the // and /// is identical.

That would be great, thanks! I've never used ShrinkIt, but I can at least
get stuff to and from my //e, and I've got two Disk ][s and a 512K RAM
card in it. I'll get ShrinkIt via FTP.

I don't suppose the /// disks are available at some anonymous FTP site
already? It'd be especially cool in .dsk format, as that's how I transfer
all of my ][ software. (I never had a decent terminal program for my
Micromodem IIe, so I wrote a whole disk transfer program and extract
individual files when I have to once the disk image is on my Amiga.)

> Sam
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Doug Spence
Received on Thu Jun 19 1997 - 05:09:55 BST

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