A2CLOUD: make a floppy or image

If you have A2SERVER installed — which you do if you installed A2CLOUD with Raspple II — it’s easy to download software with your modern computer and turn it into a floppy disk with your Apple II, or use it as a virtual drive. And it’s just as easy to make an image from an Apple II floppy that you can use in an emulator on your modern computer.

(If you don’t have A2SERVER installed, you can start over with Raspple II, or you can, at your Raspberry Pi’s prompt, type wget ivanx.com/a2server/setup; source setup to install it. If you’re not sure, type a2server-help; if you get a help screen, you’ve got A2SERVER.)

On your newer computer, you can browse your network and you should see  “raspberrypi” as a server you can connect to. You can log in as Guest if asked.

On Mac OS X, it should appear under Shared in the sidebar of a Finder window, or under “Network” from the “Go” menu of the Finder. On Windows, it should appear under Network. On Mac OS 7 through 9, open Chooser from the Apple menu and click on AppleShare.

(If you can’t browse to the server on your network, try typing a2server-setup to update it, and if that doesn’t work, type showip to get your Pi’s IP address. On Mac OS X, enter the IP address under “Connect To Server…” from the Go menu of the Finder; on Windows, type the IP address following \\ in an Explorer window.)

Open the ADTDISKS shared volume and copy any disk images you want to make into disks in there.

Then run ADTPro on your Apple II, which is on your A2CLOUD boot disk. Type R to receive, and type the name of the image file (case matters), and then choose the drive containing the disk you want to put the image onto. The disk will be erased, so be careful. Also, if you were using VSDRIVE before you ran ADTPro, you might not have access to slot 6; if you need it, reboot and then run ADTPro.

If you want to turn a disk into an image, do the reverse process: type S to send in ADTPro, and then choose the drive you wish. The image will appear in the ADTDISKS network volume on your newer computer.

You can type D for directory in ADTPro to get a listing, but characters are sometimes missing, so you might need to do it a few times, or refer to the ADTDISKS network volume on your newer computer.

Unix-type computers can also use scp to copy files to and from A2SERVER; Windows computers can also do so in the command window by using pscp in PuTTY. The shared volume is at /media/A2SHARED/ADTDISKS.

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