Re: Apple Profile low level formatting on an Apple III

From: Shirl <shirlgato_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2008 14:55:52 -0700


I have a PDF document with lots of Apple ProFile information which includes several items about formatting the ProFile using the Apple III and the special Z8 chip.

I can send you a CD with this document which has around 500 pages. If you have a FTP site I can send it this way easily, too large to email. Or I can just mail you a CD with the document.

>From: alker <r.brandstoetter_at_email.domain.hidden>
>To: LisaList <lisalist_at_email.domain.hidden>
>Subject: Apple Profile low level formatting on an Apple III
>Date: Sat, Feb 9, 2008, 10:57 AM

> Hi Blair, hi Andrea,
> Blair - thank you very much for sending me the Piggyback Z8 with the
> formatter ROM and the software for the Apple III! I played now all the
> day around but without success...
> My setup is an Apple III with profile interface card (in the right
> slot seen from the front - this is slot 1, or not ?!?!)..I have one
> working 5mb Apple III profile - the Apple III can access it ..I also
> have one working 5mb Lisa profile and 2 "dead" 5mb profiles (from
> Blair ;-) which I want to bring back to life. Thanks to Andrea we know
> that also with working ST-412's we can bring back to life the old 5mb
> profile with the ST-506 inside.. these would have been my plan...
> Well, I first took my working Lisa profile to the low level format
> process (inserted the Z8, booted the A3, closed the jumper and -
> "formatting error, fail" ... I checked everything I could imagine..
> well, the parallel cable is about 1,5m long but it works when I
> connect the working A3 profile...
> the same error message comes when I disconnect the cable.. so somehow
> the formatting software does not "feel" or see the disk.. it is always
> the same error message.. no matter if I connect the cable, disconnect
> it, change the z8 chip with the original chip.. it does not matter
> when the Z8 is installed, the disk does not do the testing with the
> stepper.. if the original chip is inserted it does all the tests and
> comes up after around 2 minutes..
> I wanted to low level format my working profile .. so that I know the
> disk is not the problem..
> .... at the moment it seems to me that the formatting software does
> not interact with the profile card.. if I boot up with SOS 1.3 and
> connect my A3 profile I have access to the profile without problems..
> so the cable and the profile interface card should work...
> Any ideas? it was really a hard piece of work to get all the
> components.. I'd be really happy if somebody can help. I also can make
> pictures of my setup...
> Rudi

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