Re: Installing Office....

From: unity <pacifictanningcompany_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 08:57:05 -0700 (PDT)

Well the only reason I think its a MacXL is because I have a MacXL installer disk. Not sure where that disk came from, it may not have come with it. My understanding is that the only difference is the software. The ROM set is H/88 and there is no screen mod that I know of in place. I see nothing attached to the boards and no transformer. When running MacWorks the same screen real-estate is used, so its full just as with the LOS. Correct me if I am wrong, but with the screen mod MacWorks will look "wide-screen". That is a couple inches of "wasted" space above and below the desktop. At least that is what I have seen in photos. Again, not 100% sure.

The motherboard is missing its parallel port as has both an interupt and reset switch. So its at least a 2/10 and *might* be a MacXL. The original Widget drive does not have an Apple serial number sticker, instead it was hand written. That I think would mean that this is an early 2/10. Also when the original drive did work long ago, it booted into LOS.

The brake is not an issue with the older drive. its something else. The drive is also VERY quiet compared to the newer one. I think its not reaching full RPM. The error I get is 82, "No Response From Drive". Not the 81 or 84 error. I even took all the widget board from the good drive and put then on the older one. Same result. I also have a couple spare ROMs for the Widget, the "Lizzy" chips with piggy-back. Same results.

Anyway, I would like to keep it as original as possible and also rather not spend a fortune on this. The X/Profile is not a cheap option for a computer, that once fully running, will get no real use. In fact it would probably just get sold.

On Oct 17, 10:16 am, Ray Arachelian <r..._at_email.domain.hidden> wrote:
> Kevin Keith wrote:
> > Also, you mentioned its a MacXL
> > and not a Lisa, wouldn't that mean it has the screen mod and a new ROM
> > that would be incompatible with LisaOS? Anyway, good luck in your
> > endeavors.  You're really lucky to have a Lisa!
> I haven't tried installing Office on a modified Lisa, however, I did try
> it with the emulator, and what happens is that it displays a jumbled
> display (as if the horizontal hold is off) - I'm not sure that the Lisa
> Office 3.x installer knows to check for the 3A ROM.  I think it just
> checks for it being a Lisa 1 vs a Lisa 2 ROM.  Mind you, it might have
> worked differently in the emulator than on the real thing.
> Unless his really says 3A/88, he doesn't have the screen modification
> ROM, and anyway, ROMs can be replaced.  He'd need a new VSROM and the
> two halves of the H-ROM to get it going, and possibly removing the extra
> transformer between the video board and the CRT - if it was installed.
> But sadly, I don't know of a way to fix a full spare table on a hard
> drive other than low level formatting, and we don't have the means to do
> that with Widgets at the moment.  It's difficult enough to get the right
> stuff to do a LLF on a profile as is.

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