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More Apple II software preserved

The aim of this blog post is to put it out there that more titles have been preserved in EDD format and need cracking.

Added to my repository of Apple II software here:

▪    Murder on the Mississippi, Activision (EDD)
▪    The Mask of the Sun, Broderbund (EDD)
▪    Law of the West, Activision (EDD)
▪    Borrowed Time, Activision (EDD)
▪    Murder On The Mississippi (EDD)
▪    Sherlock Holmes – The Riddle of the Crown Jewels, Infocom (EDD)
▪    Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego, Dealer demo (EDD)

Where possible I have scanned the matching disk labels too which are individually named and stored in respective folders.

Imaging of these software titles was a trying process as I needed to clean each disk using a wet process.  The result is a disk that reads edge to edge.  Testing includes booting and playing them, and the Verify option in Passport by 4am.

Please enjoy the growing body of work in my Google drive link.




January has proven to be a great month for my Apple collection.  This post is to thank those who have generously given me their vintage gear or sold it at a bargain price.  I clean everything in my collection thoroughly with various styles of micro-fibre cloths, gumption, eucalyptus oil for the stickers and windex.  Keep in mind that computers of this age do collect a fair amount of dust so they have to be cleaned anyway.

For photos of part of the ‘conquest’, please visit:

The list for January, so far:

Macintosh SE Twin 800K floppy
PowerBook G4 17”
Commodore Amiga 1000
Macintosh Classic
Macintosh Classic II
PowerBook G4 15”
Apple Extended Keyboard II
Apple Mac Plus Mouse
Apple ADB mouse Wedge style
Apple iBook 2006 Core 2 Duo (with 4GB of RAM)
Performa 580

My impressions so far are:

  • SE 800K – The SE 800K has programmers switches and original everything.  It turned on first go with a very loud, clear chime into SSW 6.0.2 – 20meg hard drive installed too making it quite heavy.  Screen brightness is high and geometery correct.  Boots from floppy, reads quickly and ejects fine.
  • The Commodore Amiga 1000 is something I know nothing about and it didn’t come with peripherals
  • The Performa 580 is interesting to me as I have the Performa 580CD and assumed they all came with a CD drive.  Apparently not – this one just has a smooth line through where the CD drive is.  So a pretty useless machine for the time – a huge colour classic!
  • The PowerBook G4s run beautifully, and the iBook Core 2 Duo was restored to 10.4 and boots faster than my fully tricked out 2011 MBP!  The 17″ Matte screen is impressive and I wish we had a matte screen these days, battery lasts 3 hours and palm rests silky smooth.  The 15″ lasts about 50 minutes on battery, 1.25GB of RAM, OS X 10.5.8
Amstrad 640PPC

Amstrad 640PPC

Over the past few days I’ve been playing with a new Amstrad PCC640. I recived it in as new condition with absolutely no sign of use – even the floppies were sealed. The bag however was filthy, blanketed in very fine dust that must have built up over the years. The unit itself though is like a time machine, after a once over with a micro fibre cloth it shines!

I formatted a real DS DD floppy to 720kb in windows and simply copied Commander Keen 4 CGA edition onto the floppy. Boot the Amstrad with the offical DOS 3.3 disk in A, this game in B. Run the executable and within seconds I had Commander Keen 4 with all it’s PC speaker glory.

The screen is nice with a desk lamp for text, but as I discovered today – motion isn’t good. Quite blurry with horizontal scrolls making Keen the wrong game for this display type.

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