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#80061 - 06/15/12 05:02 PM Re: Apple IIe Mockingboard support in MESS? [Re: R. Belmont]  
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Originally Posted By R. Belmont
Just curious: why was hard reset your blocker? smile


A fair question!

So, I currently only use MESS for Apple IIe and Apple IIgs emulation . For some reason (possibly my ignorance of how to use MESS) in Apple IIgs emulation when I mount disk image(s) while MESS is running using the TAB menus, it doesn't record those disk images in the apple2gs.ini file so that they'll be mounted again automatically if I close and then reopen MESS. With Apple IIe emulation, this isn't an issue; it logs the images in apple2ee.ini so that they're automatically mounted the next time I launch MESS.

So, not having hard reset was incovenient for me when using Apple IIgs emulation because it meant I had to manually add the disk image(s) to apple2gs.ini before I launched MESS, you follow? I much prefer to mount the ones I need using the internal MESS menu system then hard reset rather then deal with the ini file to choose my disk images before I launch MESS.

By the way, I'm loving now having the ability to use hard drives in IIgs emulation.

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#81794 - 09/23/12 10:44 PM Re: Apple IIe Mockingboard support in MESS? [Re: SedrynTyros]  
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A little fun with a fairly obscure Apple II expansion board...



It adds the TI99/4A's TMS9918A VDP and an AY-3-8910 sound generator; as far as I know no commercial games ever supported either function (the AY-3 part is not Mockingboard compatible).

#85821 - 02/20/13 04:33 PM Re: Apple IIe Mockingboard support in MESS? [Re: SedrynTyros]  
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Some recent updates:

- I fixed a problem in our core IDE emulation that prevented the CFFA2 from seeing the proper size of the CHD image. This means that multi-partition images now work, with up to 13 32 MB partitions per CHD. If you create a blank 128 MB CHD and boot IIgs to Finder it will ask you to format all 4 partitions and you can use them no problem.

- As mentioned in the general WIP topic, IIe aux-slot cards are now supported; the 1k 80-column card, 64k extended 80-column card, and an 8 meg RamWorks style card are all supported options. (Most non-AE aux slot memory cards used the same bankswitching mechanism so software for those should work equally well, although AE's AppleWorks patcher was the best as far as I know).

- In the pipeline: Mockingboard D support for the IIc (which should be another MESS world first) plus ZipGS support to emulate a faster-than-stock IIgs for games like Silpheed that can take advantage of it and play smoother.

#85822 - 02/20/13 05:04 PM Re: Apple IIe Mockingboard support in MESS? [Re: SedrynTyros]  
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Nice progress, RB!


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#85824 - 02/20/13 05:16 PM Re: Apple IIe Mockingboard support in MESS? [Re: SedrynTyros]  
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That would be great, if you have the time of course, if one day you write a little presentation of what can be done on the appleII computers. You seem to know them very well!

#86162 - 02/26/13 02:39 PM Re: Apple IIe Mockingboard support in MESS? [Re: SedrynTyros]  
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The French version of IIgs System 5.0.2 was recently dumped, and it works fine. It's always interesting to see things you know well in a different language smile



#95458 - 08/12/14 12:29 AM Re: Apple IIe Mockingboard support in MESS? [Re: R. Belmont]  
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and that one just bit me. Mabel's Mansion will not boot with a Mockingboard in place. I suspect that it was attempting to detect copy boards, but hit the Mockingboard as collateral damage. Now I have to work out how to "unplug" the card.

#95459 - 08/12/14 12:41 AM Re: Apple IIe Mockingboard support in MESS? [Re: SedrynTyros]  
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It is in slot 4 by default, so just add -sl4 "" to the command line to null it out. That should work. Or, use the SLOT DEVICES option in the TAB menus, and ----- out the entry, SHIFT+F3 to reboot.




#95460 - 08/12/14 01:00 AM Re: Apple IIe Mockingboard support in MESS? [Re: SedrynTyros]  
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Yup, what Tafoid said.

I'm a little surprised something as relatively common as a Mockingboard got misdetected that way though.

#95461 - 08/12/14 02:19 AM Re: Apple IIe Mockingboard support in MESS? [Re: SedrynTyros]  
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The -sl4 works fine for me. As far as being misdetected, the routine is simply checking if a write of 00 to each $Cn00 results in a 00 being read. In the case of the Mockingboard, that's exactly what happens.

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