I’m off to a bit of a slow start, I’ll admit, but I’m already further along than I got the entire month during the 2012WW. So far, I’ve dusted off my Apple /// and a monitor (I love the industrial design on that thing) and been able to test the hardware. Everything passed the diagnostics as expected, but I’ve had little luck getting much further, as I can’t locate the BOS disk that already has the preconfigured drivers to get the /// up and running with my CFFA card.
True, I could skip that for now (and I may have to if I come up empty in the next couple of days) and just boot directly to a Business BASIC disk and work that way, but I’ve come to really appreciate the speed and convenience of working off the CFFA over the past few years. Unfortunately, no one (that I’m aware of) has come up with a work-around for having to boot the /// from a floppy disk in the internal 5.25″ drive.
The other alternative is to build a new bootable BOS driver disk and work from that. Not impossible, but that takes a fair amount of time and there’s no guarantee that I won’t accidentally wipe the existing data on the CFFA, which includes my half-finished, last-place winning KansasFest 2012 HackFest entry. As bad as it is, I’d still hate to lose that – it’s one of the few still-existing fragments of code I wrote.
Worse, the rebuild time will have to be uninterrupted as I have a tendency not to be able to get back to a half-finished project like that. If I don’t complete the process, it will sit incomplete for months and when I do decide to get off my butt and wrap it up, I’ll have forgotten everything I did to that point and have to start over anyway.
Then again, I could just use a blank CompactFlash card. Still a lot of configuration, but I won’t have to be as careful about ensuring I don’t accidentally wipe it and have to start over.
So, fingers crossed that I can find that bootable disk by my self-imposed Friday deadline.
In the meantime, here’s a picture of my official Retrochallenge 2012WW setup.