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Old Jun 27, 2009, 08:01 AM   #1
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OLD Apple IIgs No Boot

Hi, I recently purchased an Apple IIgs for dirt-cheap from eBay. I came with the computer, monitor, a 5.25'' disc drive, and a 3.5'' disc drive. When I turn the Computer on, it reads in white letters on a blue screen "check boot device" and remains there. I don't have a discs and there is no hard disc for the computer to boot to. Is there any way I can use the two floppy disc drives to boot the IIgs? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old Jun 27, 2009, 08:03 AM   #2
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You'll need original OS disks on 5.25" floppies. Or 3.5 inchers; I can't remember which size the GS OS came on...
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Old Jun 27, 2009, 08:08 AM   #3
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Thanks for the fast response. I can usually mount images to floppy with disc copy in OS 8.5. Do you think i can find an image for AppleProDOS to mount to a 3.5'' 800k disc? Or something to that effect? thanks
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Old Jun 27, 2009, 08:40 AM   #4
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It looks like the IIGS Boot disk images are available directly from Apple here.
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Old Jun 27, 2009, 10:47 AM   #5
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There were high-density floppy drives available for the IIgs but very few people ever had one. The IIgs uses 3.5" double-density floppies formatted in ProDOS. You can use an older Mac running System 7.1 to 7.6 & a built-in floppy drive to create the disks. OS 8 might be able to format ProDOS, but I can't remember. USB floppy drives can't handle double-density disks, only HD floppies.

I keep my old PowerBook 1400cs around to access old floppies, either DD or HD. I also still have my IIgs. If you need some help getting the disks created, PM me.
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Old Jun 27, 2009, 11:01 AM   #6
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Thanks for the reply. Do you know how to creat the prodos boot discs in system 7.5.3? thanks
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Old Jun 27, 2009, 11:27 AM   #7
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The easiest method would be to download the IIGS system disks from the link I posted above and use Disk Copy to write the image to a floppy.
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Old Jun 28, 2009, 08:39 AM   #8
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probably. what do i use to decompress the files? i have downloaded the images and tried to use stuffit but it wont decompress them. thanks
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Old Jun 28, 2009, 12:18 PM   #9
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probably. what do i use to decompress the files? i have downloaded the images and tried to use stuffit but it wont decompress them. thanks
You shouldn't need to decompress or mount them. As was previously suggested, use Disk Copy on an older Mac to make the floppy. Very similar to using Disk Utility to make a CD/DVD from a disk image.
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 06:50 AM   #10
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I see what you mean, however, disk copy wont make the floppy from the images that i have. it just gives an error message and wont mount, save, or write the image and then it freezes up disk copy. I wonder if im doing something wrong. probably, haha.
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What extension do the files have? The *.bin files should extract to *.sea files which are actually applications (self-extracting archives). You should be able to just double click this in a Mac OS 9 (or earlier) environment and then you should end up with a *.img file.
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