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#1 2017-07-27 04:12:56

Jaycar
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What to do with Mac Plus

My in-laws recently gave me their old mac plus. This was the computer my wife played Cairo Shoot Out and Oregon Trail onwhen she was a kid. It seems to work just fine, boots up and we have been able to load a few of her old games on it. I would love to "modernize" it a little and get a bunch of old games for her and my kids to play. I'm not really sure where to start and am hoping the someone can point me in the right direction. 

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#2 2017-07-27 19:08:54

macdrone
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Re: What to do with Mac Plus

external scsi or HD20 hard drive, system 6.0.8 , 7.0.1 or 7.1.1 loaded on it, or floppy emu and save a bunch of space.

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#3 2017-08-03 02:48:39

Jaycar
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Re: What to do with Mac Plus

What floppy emulater do you recommend?

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#4 2017-08-03 20:33:36

cc333
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Re: What to do with Mac Plus

I think the Floppy Emu is pretty much the best, most versatile one out there, as it can emulate either a floppy drive or an HD20 with a simple firmware change, and it's compatible with any Mac that has an internal floppy drive, except some Powerbooks, I believe.

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#5 2017-08-04 18:33:37

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Re: What to do with Mac Plus

The floppy emulator they're referencing is the BigMessOWires product: https://www.bigmessowires.com


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#6 2017-08-04 21:54:34

benthink
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Re: What to do with Mac Plus

Why not skip the floppy and get a SCSI2SD? Using vMac, you can load it up with whatever you want (theoretically).

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#7 2017-08-04 22:26:09

Jaycar
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Re: What to do with Mac Plus

Yeah the SCSI2SD looks more like what I'm thinking

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#8 2017-08-05 04:02:02

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Re: What to do with Mac Plus

Where are you going to plug it in? No internal SCSI on the Mac Plus.


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#9 2017-08-05 14:57:46

Jaycar
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Re: What to do with Mac Plus

Well that sucks. I'm pretty new to these older computers. Anyone know of a walkthrough for what I'm trying to do?

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#10 2017-08-08 05:42:03

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Re: What to do with Mac Plus

I personally think you'd be better off with BMOW's floppy EMU because of the following reasons:

1/ If you want to play some very old games (1984 or 1985), some won't work without their own system software which is usually found on the original floppy.
Installing multiple system folders on a single hard drive partition can be tricky, and can cause issues.

2/ It has a mode called HD20 emu. In that mode, it emulates the Apple HD20 hard drive. I think it's slower than the SCSI2SD but it basically does the same job. You can emulate up to a 2GB hard drive.

3/ The Floppy EMU comes with a fully loaded SD card (a lot of games!), so it saves you the hassle of adding the games yourself, which you can do very easily btw (just pop that SD card into a modern mac or windows, drop the floppy image you obtained from say the Mac garden and put the SD back into the EMU and you're good to go).

4/ With the SCSI2SD, you'd have to do everything yourself. Configure the partitions and the SCSI IDs, find an old SCSI hard drive external case to use since the Plus doesn't have an internal port, gut it out, get a terminator, and finally, install system 6. Don't get me wrong the SCSI2SD is an awesome device. But I think it works better as a drop in hard drive replacement solution.


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