[Blindapple] A Possible way to change disks with the emulator

Darcy Burnard dhsdarcy at gmail.com
Wed Sep 4 21:44:41 EDT 2013

Hi Louis.  This command should work.  I just tried it again with bex, and it worked.  On the mac, it seems you have to hold down the fn delete for half a second or so before letting it up.  The situation may be the same in windows with the insert and scroll lock.

On 2013-09-03, at 11:51 AM, Louis Bryant <louis at braillesoft.net> wrote:

> Hi Darcy, I use the following command to restore a saved session with a new disk inserted, however it doesn't seem to work.
> mess apple2ee -state 1 -flop1 disks\twriter.dsk
> It simply starts up with Talking Writer after I started it with egames. After starting egames, I pressed scrol-lock+insert, followed by Shift+F7, and then the number 1.
> Am I missing something? Best, Louis
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Darcy Burnard <dhsdarcy at gmail.com>
> To: "blindapple at bluegrasspals.com" <blindapple at bluegrasspals.com>
> Date: Monday, September 2, 2013 8:17 pm
> Subject: [Blindapple] A Possible way to change disks with the emulator
>> Hi everyone.  I think I've found a way to change disks in the Apple 2 emulator.  It's not ideal, and it ultimately may turn out to be more trouble than it's worth, but it does work.
>> The mess emulator has a save state feature.  This saves every aspect of the emulator to a file.  Why you might do this is so you could close the emulator, and then return later, and pick up exactly where you left off.
>> However, when you restart mess, you can give the comflop1 parameter with a different disk image.  So it's like the apple is exactly how it was before, just with a different disk in the drive.
>> While in the emulator, you can record a save state by performing the following steps.
>> On Windows, press scroll lock and insert. On mac, press fn plus delete.  You'll recognize this as the first part of the command to quit.  In this case though, instead of pressing escape, you press shift f7.  At this point you press another key.  I don't think it matters what key, but that key will be the name of the state file.  I have been using the number keys.  Unfortunately sometimes the key you pressed, also is seen by the emulator.  For example, if you press 1, the file will get saved with the name 1, but the apple also gets the number 1 entered.  This is why it may not be an ideal solution.
>> Anyway, at this point, quit the emulator in the normal way.  Then you can restart it with a different disk image.  Also, you'll need to add comstate 1 to your command, where 1 is the name of the key you pressed earlier.  The apple will come back up exactly how you left it, but with your new disk inserted.
>> Hopefully this made sense.  I've only started playing with it, so there may be a better way to go about doing things.
>> Darcy
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