Have two cards. Only one boots slot 6 virtually. Why?

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Have two cards. Only one boots slot 6 virtually. Why?

Postby jeremym » Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:23 pm

So I have two CFFA 3000 cards.

I'll call them A and B.

If Card A is in my Apple //e, it can boot hard drive images on virtual slot 7 and floppy images on virtual slot 6.

If Card A is in my Apple //GS, it can boot ONLY hard drive images. All tries to boot floppy images give me "Not a startup disk".

If Card B is in my Apple //e -or- //GS, it works exactly as I expect: Booting virtual hard drive files and also virtual floppy files.

So the problem is, Card A (a newer CFFA rev and bios.. sorry, not precisely sure the numbers here) won't boot virtual floppies ever in my Apple //GS.

The temporary workaround is to put Card A in my GS and Card B in my //e.

I would like the cards to be interchangable.

What can I try on Card A, the one that doesnt seem to want to boot virtual floppies?

(Note: When moving the cards around, I do correctly flip Dip 7 for GS / not GS).
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Re: Have two cards. Only one boots slot 6 virtually. Why?

Postby david__schmidt » Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:51 pm

The different firmware levels might be a clue... but that might also be a red herring. It would be good for you to study the configuration of both cards closely and compare.
  1. Do both have the virtual Disk II slot set to the same thing (slot 6)?
  2. Do they both have the same disk image assigned to slot 1?
  3. If there are multiple disk images queued up for slot 1, is the one you expect actually set as the active disk?
  4. If you have a remote, do you see it light up when card A tries to boot a virtual floppy in slot 6?
You might also try swapping all the media (CF and USB ) from B to A and see if it behaves differently. The drive assignments lives on a file on the CF/USB media, so that would eliminate problems from items 2 and 3 above.
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