I freed my parent’s attic of the old Franklin Ace 1000 I’d used from seventh grade through high school, hoping to get it going and play with some projects - in assembler - that seemed too difficult then. Now if only I could get it to boot into DOS…
I can’t tell whether the disk drives have gone bad - I have two - or if all the disks have demagnetized. The only disk that’s actually booted is an ancient A2-FS1 flight simulator, a Sopwith Camel done as lines. The one ProDOS disk I have comes up far enough to tell me that ProDOS can’t be loaded - Apple started checking ROMs to avoid supporting us Franklin owners. I remember that there’s a way to edit disks and add three no-ops, but as my disk editor isn’t running either, that’s not too helpful. Most disks produce the ‘error’ jamming noise, though some just spin. A few start to boot, and then crash to the monitor prompt.
The computer itself seems fine. If I hit the lovely red reset button, I get an AppleSoft prompt, and I can get into the monitor just fine. I just can’t save any programs to disk, which is kind of a nuisance for the explorations I was hoping to undertake. (I was hoping to get back to Ultima IV, too.)
I guess I can try some emulators, though I doubt Apple will consider my three Macintosh purchases (SE/840AV/iMac) sufficient expiation for my Franklin Ace 1000 and happily/legally let me use their ROM images. Given the situation of my disks, maybe I need to find an old Apple anyway, and its possession would make those issues go away.
I guess it was a good idea to print out listings of all the great games I wrote back in seventh grade!
Any thoughts on booting a recalcitrant Franklin Ace 1000?