Re: Lisa low-level hard disk formatting disk (was -- Re: Rotated Lisa Screen)

From: Shirl <shirlgato_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 12:02:47 -0700

Hello Rudolf,

I looked a bit more at the Lisa disk image you sent and found the following message at the bottom:


This appears at the beginning of a text file which seems to contain Lisa diagnostic test configuration values.

This message is interesting since it refers to DALLAS and PEPSI. Apple had a large Lisa manufacturing plant in the Dallas suburb of CARROLLTON. Pepsi was the code name for the Lisa 2 computer. 11/15 seems to be the date, I suspect November 1984.

It seems to me this disk may be the Lisa factory diagnostic and not the normal LisaTest diagnostic which normal Lisa users used.

There should be documentation from Apple for this test disk. Not sure who would have this, but former factory people may.

>From: "Shirl" <shirlgato_at_email.domain.hidden>
>To: lisalist_at_email.domain.hidden
>Subject: Lisa low-level hard disk formatting disk (was -- Re: Rotated Lisa
>Date: Mon, Dec 22, 2008, 7:55 AM
> Hello Rudolf,
> I looked at the disk image you attached and this disk seems to be the Lisa
> Test disk. I don't think this has anything to do with hard disk formatting,
> at least this my take but I may be mistaken. Others with more knowledge in
> this area may reply with definitive answers.
> The disk is a Lisa Monitor disk which has lots of Lisa Test files.
> My understanding is there is a special formatting program for Lisa Widget
> hard disks that runs only on an Apple /// computer. I know for sure that was
> the case for the Apple ProFile hard disk and believe this is the same
> situation for the Widget drives.
> Also, a special controller board ROM may be needed for the Widget to support
> formatting. That is the case with the ProFile and I suspect Apple may have
> done the same wtih the Widget.
> Hope this helps.
> - David Craig
> ----------
>>From: "Rudolf Brandstötter" <R.Brandstoetter_at_email.domain.hidden>
>>To: lisalist_at_email.domain.hidden
>>Subject: Re: Rotated Lisa Screen
>>Date: Sun, Dec 21, 2008, 12:01 PM
>> NEWS from the hunt for the Low Level Format software.
>> Mr. Luzi sent me around 30 Lisa diskettes some days before; mostly LOS
>> disks and some other stuff. One diskette was mysterious to me; it has
>> written in german
>> "Lisa Burn In 2/10 - all disk data will be deleted!!!"
>> so this disk might be the holy grail. I put it in 2 of my Lisas and tried
>> to boot up.. it seems that something is found on the disk but the boot
>> screen stays white and nothing happens.. I made an image with Disk Copy 4.2
>> and added the image to this email... if you can not find it I can send it
>> with email. Please check what is the content of this disk?
>> There might be also some other disks that may contain this mysterious Low
>> Level Format software.. I'll keep on checking.
>> -------- Original-Nachricht --------
>>> Datum: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 09:46:38 -0700 (PDT)
>>> Von: CallMeJack <callmejack2000_at_email.domain.hidden>
>>> An: LisaList <lisalist_at_email.domain.hidden>
>>> Betreff: Re: Rotated Lisa Screen
>>> Hello Alker,
>>> Any news from your negotiation with Mr. Luzi ? I live in Switzerland
>>> and if you need any help in order to contact him or get the disks if
>>> he does not want to ship them, let me know !
>>> Jack
>> >
> >

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