[Blindapple] Making silent Disks Talk?

Kyle kyle at gmx.ca
Tue Oct 1 12:50:00 EDT 2013

Yeah, you did run textalker on the disk, but you completely replaced the
HELLO program, which was probably not what you wanted to do. Do you have
a backup copy of the disk you changed? Try the following:

First, make a copy of the disk, as you don't want to modify the original
disk; you want it as a backup in case you mess things up. Now put
DOSTALK.DSK, BEXBOOT.DSK or one of a couple of other disks you have with
both FID and Textalker into drive 1 (-flop1). Put your non-talking disk
in drive 2 (-flop2). If you are using bex, you can type


when it asks for a configuration, and type F at the main menu to run
FID. If you are using DOSTALK or another disk that had FID, just type


at the "ready" prompt.

Once FID is running, Follow the prompts to select the source and
destination slot and drive. Your disk drives are in slot 6, and are
numbered 1 and 2. You will be copying from slot 6 drive 1 to slot 6
drive 2. When asked for a filename, enter TEXTALKER.RAM. Also copy
TEXTALKER.OBJ. If you get an error when trying to copy TEXTALKER.OBJ,
copy TEXTALKER.RAM.OBJ instead. Now quit out of FID. If you are running
from Bex, you will also need to quit out of Bex by typing Q at the menu.
Otherwise, quitting out of FID will return you to the "ready" BASIC
prompt. Now type the following commands as shown.


Make note of the number of the first line of the program. Hopefully it
is higher than 1. You can press control+c at this point. You will hear a
beep followed by the word BREAK.

So I told you to make a note of the line number of the first line of the
program. This number is important because you are going to enter a new
line into the program that starts with a lower number. For example, if
the first line is 10, you can use any line number lower than 10. As long
as the first line is higher than 1, you can safely use line 1 without
damaging the program. Again, list the program to be sure that the first
line number is higher than 1 and enter


Now save the program


The next time you reboot your silent disk, assuming of course that the
program you want is either written in BASIC or doesn't overwrite
Textalker in memory, you will have a newly talking disk with access to
the programs that you wanted. Hope all this old Apple2e technobabble
helps just a little. And people think Linux is an OS for geeks lol. Just
drop them into a "ready" ] prompt on an Apple2e and see how far they
get. It would be quite daunting even for some people who consider
themselves geeks in 2013 <smiles>.
"Kyle? ... She calls her cake, Kyle?"
Out of This World, season 2 episode 21 - "The Amazing Evie"

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