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IIgs Remote Boot
The first part of this document was written by Jonathan Reed and
was previously hosted at http://src.mit.edu/apple2gs.html. The
content is unchanged and is hosted with Jonathan's permission. The
firt part describes how to remote boot a ROM 3 IIgs.
The second part was contributed by Josh Burker. It clarifies the
installation procedure slightly and explains how to remote boot a ROM
1 IIgs.A ROM 0 IIgs will not remote boot.
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This document describes how to set up an Apple IIGS to boot over
an AppleTalk network.
Here's what you will need:
- An Apple IIGS (duh!) with > 1,024KB memory
(NOTE: There may be a workaround for machines with less memory -
- A 3.5" floppy drive connected to the Apple IIGS (Two drives is
ideal, but one works)
- A Macintosh to boot the Apple IIGS over the network
(NOTE: I have heard claims that both AppleTalk packages for UNIX,
netatalk and CAP (Columbia AppleTalk Package), can boot Apple II
computers over an EtherTalk network. I have yet to see proof of
either of these claims. If you can get it to work for you,
congratulations, and let me know :-)
- A copy of AppleShare Server 3.0 or 2.0 to run on the Macintosh
computer (3.0 preferred)
(NOTE: AppleShare Server 2.0 only works under System 6 on the
Macintosh Plus, Macintosh II (original), and Macintosh SE/30.
Don't ask me why.)
- A LocalTalk network (using Apple LocalTalk cabling or
- Apple System Software 6.0.1 for the Apple IIGS
Apple's FTP site: click here - (The files are disk images in
.sea.bin format - use Fetch for best results)
the MIT SRC ftp server: <link not working yet>
- Apple's DiskCopy 4.2 or greater - click here to download
- A minimum of 6 DSDD (Double sided - the old kind) floppy
(NOTE: Yes, you CAN use DSHD diskettes, and put tape over the
"hole" if you want, and format them as DSDD 800K disks, BUT YOU
WILL LOSE DATA. I have tried this myself, and I only ended up
writing the image to the floppy over and over to avoid the l/O
errors that I kept getting. Invest the $2 in a box of DSDD disks -
it's worth it)
- Patience and free time :-)
- Set up the Mac and the Apple IIGS where they are close
together and comfortable to work with.
- Connect the Macintosh and the Apple IIGS via the LocalTalk
network (the network should connect to the Printer Port of both
- Make sure both systems are properly connected (ie floppy
drives connected, keyboards and mice connected, etc)
- Turn on the Macintosh and select the appropriate AppleTalk
connection. If you have a "Network" control panel, make sure it
says "LocalTalk (Built-in)". If you have an "AppleTalk" control
panel, make sure it says "Printer Port".
- Install AppleShare Server, making sure to install the Apple II
Setup component of it. (NOTE: If you have previously set up
usernames and passwords for your Macintosh, you may want to make a
backup copy of your "Users & Groups Datafile". It is located
in System Folder: Preferences. )
- Launch AppleShare Admin. Under the "Server" menu, chose "File
Server Preferences" and check the box next to "Enable Apple II
- Quit Apple Share Admin, and launch AppleShare File
- Make sure you have ~10 MB available on your startup
Make System 6.0.1 install disks
- Extract the disk image archives you downloaded before.
- Write the disk images to floppies using Apple's Disk Copy
Apple IIGS Preparation
- Set up AppleTalk in the IIGS control panel
- In earlier models, set Slot 7 to "AppleTalk". In later models,
set Slot 1 to "AppleTalk"
- Insert the "Install" Disk and boot up your IIGS.
- When the Installer Screen appears, click on "Customize"
- Select the Script called "Network: AppleShare, 3.5"
- Insert a blank 800K floppy If necessary, it prompt you to
initialize (format) the disk Do so if necessary)
- Click the Install button Be prepared to swap disks many times!
- When the installation has finished, insert the new system disk
you just created, and reboot your computer
- If everything goes right, you should soon see the Finder.
- Select Control Panel from the Apple menu.
- In the control panel, open "AppleShare".
- You should be presented with a primitive Chooser Log on to
your Macintosh using the administrator account, and mount your
Startup volume. It should appear on the Desktop.
- Insert the Install Disk and run the "Installer"
- As before, choose "Customize".
- This time, select the script called "Network: Server Startup",
and click the "Disk" button, until the name of your Macintosh
volume is displayed at the top of the screen.
- Click "Install". The Installer will complain that the disk is
not a ProDOS disk, and that it can't determine the amount of free
space on it. Ignore these messages.
- When the Install Script completes successfully, shut down the
The Moment of Truth
- Make Sure "AppleShare File Server" is running on the
- Startup the IIGS, and get into the Control Panel by pressing
- Under "Slots", set the "Startup" to be "AppleTalk"
- If all went well, you should see a series of dots at the top
left comer of the screen, and then it should say "Starting up over
the Network", and display a progress bar.
- You should shortly be presented what appears to be a
text-based Chooser displaying a list of machines on the
- Select the name of your Macintosh, and hit Return.
- Log on as a "Registered User" using the admin account you
- You should see a list of volumes on the Macintosh, with the
startup volume selected by a checkmark.
- Hit Return, and if all goes well you should see the "Welcome
to the IIGS" screen, and eventually be presented with a ProDOS
- Quit AppleShare File Server.
- Run AppleShareAdmin.
- Highlight the user you created.
- Under the "Startup" menu, choose "Set Apple II Startup
- The StartupApp should be set to BASIC.System by default.
Change it to "Finder"
- Restart AppleShare File Server.
This section will be updated as I discover what common problems
people run into when using this HOWTO. If you have a problem getting
it running, send me email.
This HOWTO written by Jonathan Reed (jdreed@SOMEWHERE-mit.edu).
Copyright 1999 by Jonathan Reed.
Last updated on 1999-06-26
Supplementary Notes on Booting a IIgs
Contributed by Josh Burker
When installing the AppleShare File Server software, do a
customized install and include the Apple II Setup. Install the Apple
II Setup that came with the server software.
After installing AppleShare, patch it to 3.0.3.
Use the Apple II Setup disk that is included in the Apple
IIgs software on Apple's Old Software downloads page to update the
Mac file server. This version is actually newer than the one
included with AppleShare File Server 3. It will put version 3 of the
Apple II Setup onto the Mac file server (AppleShare installs version
The key to Remote Booting an Apple IIgs with ROM 01 is to use the
newer version of the Apple II Setup disk. This way you are able to
remote boot both a ROM 01 and a ROM 03 IIgs.
This page last updated: 21 October 2006