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 on: Yesterday at 03:34:14 pm 
Started by rayarachelian - Last post by rayarachelian
Here's a blast from the past: Blue Busters - Ghostbusters ad aimed at IBM.
Lots of Lisa cameos, and I think even a IIc shows up. As do Woz and Sculley.

Done in the same style as the "Slide Show" Lisa video.

"I ain't afraid of Big Blue"


and then there's "1944": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvGxv88t768

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 on: Yesterday at 03:21:34 pm 
Started by rayarachelian - Last post by rayarachelian
Oh wow, this one got it right: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e74F0gVuTs

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 on: April 14, 2021, 09:41:16 am 
Started by blusnowkitty - Last post by compu_85
Yes, BLU or UsbWidEx will format your ProFile for you.
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Now, I've passed one of these things out already, but I have nine more and would be happy to distribute more for all of us to share.

I've gone through about 15 profiles with the Z8 you sent me  8)

I also found out something interesting... if you put the chip in the profile logic board backwards, it doesn't blow it up  :o

When formatting ProFiles with BLU, I have trouble whenever the drive has bad sectors. After the format it will bomb out with a status code that seems to match the number of bad sectors. If the drive has no bad sectors it formats properly.

-J

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 on: April 14, 2021, 01:45:10 am 
Started by blusnowkitty - Last post by patrick
Z8613 is a 4k device, like UB8840M. You will need it for the Profile10M, and it should work with the 5 MB drive, too. Burn the code into a 2732, not 2716.

Z8603 and UB8820M can address 2k ROM only, which is sufficient for the 5 MB Profile. This needs a 2716.

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 on: April 13, 2021, 03:55:18 pm 
Started by blusnowkitty - Last post by stepleton
Yes, BLU or UsbWidEx will format your ProFile for you.

I don't think I'll add ProFile formatting to NeoWidEx anytime soon --- now that lisa_io exists, my first priority there would be to rewrite NeoWidEx so it doesn't jump into unpublished routines in the boot ROM to print to the screen and do other things :)
This would remove the current version's dependency on the H ROM.

But I might be able to help in a different way. About five and a half years ago, Al Kossow spotted an eBay seller with some NOS 4K Zilog Z8613s (notice 1 instead of 0). I bought some with the hope of having a kind of Z8 formatter "library" for the Lisa community --- just a bunch of devices that could be floating around the Lisa community and passed back and forth. We weren't sure, but we thought that an 8613 would work in the place of the Z8603.

Now, I've passed one of these things out already, but I have nine more and would be happy to distribute more for all of us to share. The thing is, I've never got round to actually finding out for myself whether an Z8613 really is a functional Z8603 substitute! Now that I have a ROM burner, I really ought to get an (E)EPROM from somewhere and give it a shot.

But if you'd like to try it out instead, or if someone else would, get in touch, and I'll find some way to ship one out to you. The only requirement is that you'll have to whack a ROM on there for yourself, and the only request is that we all keep circulating these things! I can't imagine that more than ten people will ever want to format a ProFile at the same time, so if these things work, I think we'd be able to satisfy everyone's formatting needs...

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 on: April 13, 2021, 02:35:21 pm 
Started by blusnowkitty - Last post by patrick
You can use a MME UB8820M (U882) or UB8840M (U884) as Z8603 replacement. These are easily available at ebay and rather cheap.
Refer to http://john.ccac.rwth-aachen.de:8000/patrick/Z8emu.htm

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 on: April 13, 2021, 01:20:48 pm 
Started by blusnowkitty - Last post by rayarachelian
BLU has LLF capabilities built in, you can use that on ProFile drives once you install the proper LLF ROM/z8.

see: http://sigmasevensystems.com/blumanual.html
and http://sigmasevensystems.com/blu.html

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 on: April 13, 2021, 12:37:44 pm 
Started by blusnowkitty - Last post by blusnowkitty
https://www.mouser.com/ZiLOG/Semiconductors/Embedded-Processors-Controllers/Microcontrollers-MCU/8-bit-Microcontrollers-MCU/_/N-a85ik?P=1z0zlfn&Keyword=z8&FS=True

Found out today that Zilog is still making the Z8 to this day... I know you'd have to underclock them for sure, but has anyone ever thought about using a new Z8 coupled with the LLF ROM as a cheap(er) way of getting an LLF-able ProFile? Obviously you'd still have to sort out the problem of actually getting an Apple III... or maybe Tom can roll ProFile LLF features into NeoWidEx?

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 on: April 12, 2021, 11:16:50 pm 
Started by rayarachelian - Last post by rayarachelian
Eh, so 6 weeks forwards, 3 weeks back.

Had to roll back some of the profile HLE code. In my zeal to get UniPlus working, I hadn't noticed for quite a few days that I broke LOS from booting, and then had to do a lot of bisecting to figure out exactly where the bugs were, and roll them back. Pushed to unstable.

The new HLE (High Level Emulation) checkbox in preferences works for the Boot ROM phase of loading LOS (before the Welcome screen).

I'll also be adding LOS+MacWorks HLE support in the next few days/weeks. Will re start again on UniPlus, but I guess I'll have to keep testing against LOS.

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 on: April 06, 2021, 10:14:08 pm 
Started by blusnowkitty - Last post by rayarachelian

Just found a copy of Art Department for the Lisa 2 over here as part of this package deal: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-Lisa-2-10-w-keyboard-mouse-software-manuals-books-and-extras/393235786106

Seller won't split anything up unfortunately.

That Lisa's a bit overpriced, but going by ebay prices a full set of the LOS manuals + disks is somewhere between $300-$500, but the disk folder's spine is ripped at the top and the labels are getting eaten off by the glue - not sure what the value of Art Department is. That older Owner's Guide is worth maybe $150.
Not sure about MacWorks, but it's not MacWorks II+ so not quite all that much. Maybe another $150?
Not sure how much the keyboard shortcuts are worth, though I don't see the full set in the photos, just one. There should be 3.
That's a Lisa 1 mouse, which is worth $500-$900 in ebay prices.
The good news is that this is a 2/10 so it won't have the leak issue, though I really question $3.5K for a dead Lisa. The odds of the Widget working are low.
The odds of the power supply being repairable by recapping is high, but still annoying.
The keyboard would be worth $200-$300 (if it was fully rebuilt with all the keys working.)
The missing apple logo on the faceplate is not great, would cost you $100-$200 for a new faceplate.
It's also missing the front feet, those could be replaced with non-authentic ones for a couple of bucks.
But who knows if something else is terribly wrong, like maybe the analog board.

So it's not a terrible deal, but it's certainly not a good one either. It might be worth buying, fixing, and reselling, but for $3.5K? That's a bit of a stretch there.
Yes, I see there's a crazy person who's listed a Lisa 2 for $9K. Not sure about the math on that one, but it's not from this reality.

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