GS System 6.0.1
Note: For a small System 6.0.1 on a single bootable
GS_Sys601small_forROM1info.txt for info about
GS_Sys601small_SingleDiskForROM1.zip (Download from GSWV) or
GS_Sys601small_forROM3info.txt for info about
GS_Sys601small_SingleDiskForROM3.zip (Download from GSWV).
The regular installation set consists of six .zip files:
Each .zip file contains one of the six System
6.0.1 3.5" 800k
installation diskettes as a ShrinkIt whole-disk archive (.sdk) file.
The InstallDiskPlus .zip file contains the Install Disk plus these
directions and the System 6.0.1 Release Notes.
To obtain the six System 6.0.1 diskettes, you will need ...
o- A way to unzip the .zip files. On a PC or Mac, use WinZIP or similar
utility. If the .zip files arrive on a IIgs, use PMPunZip or some other
Apple II unZip utility.
o- A way to transfer the files obtained from the .zip files (mainly
files) to your IIgs (unless you download directly to a IIgs). A NULL modem
connection is the usual method. (See the Apple II FAQs Telecom pages for
more information on NULL modem and other ways to transfer files.)
o- GS-ShrinkIt or 8-bit ShrinkIt (v3.4) running on your IIgs to unshrink
the .sdk files to diskette. Also, GS-ShrinkIt or 8-bit ShrinkIt will be
needed to unshrink the Release Notes .shk file. (See the Apple II FAQs
File Utilities page for ways to obtain versions of ShrinkIt.)
o- Six 3.5" double-density (DD) diskettes
I. To install System 6.0.1 on your GS hard drive or Zip Drive ...
These step-by-step directions assume that you
are downloading to a
PC, Mac, or some other non-IIgs computer. Modify as necessary to fit
your particular situation (such as skipping the file transfer if you
download directly to a IIgs).
1. Download the six System 6.0.1 .zip files. Use WinZIP or a similar
utility to unzip each .zip file to obtain the contained shrinked
disk (.sdk) file. (The Install .zip file also contains these
directions plus System 6.0.1 Release Notes.)
2. Transfer the .sdk and other files you obtain to your IIgs (e.g. using
a NULL modem connection as described in the Csa2 Apple II FAQs).
3. Use GS-ShrinkIt or 8-bit ShrinkIt to unshrink the six System 6.0.1
shrinked disk (.sdk) files to six 800k diskettes.
Note: This installation set includes the improved HFS.FST
4. Boot the Install disk*. To boot a 3.5" diskette, your Control
Panel "Slots" -- "Startup Slot:" setting should show "5" as the
Note: If the target drive is a hard disk or ZipDrive connected via a
SCSI interface card, you do not need to install the RamFAST driver in order to
do the install. The same should be true for the Apple SCSI interface.
*If you are installing to a Vulcan hard drive, you need the Vulcan driver.
There is not enough space for it on the Install disk. Copy the Vulcan driver to
the System.Disk-- put it in System/Drivers/ folder. (If there is not enough
space, delete all of the CDEVS in System/CDEVS except Printer and Time. If
necessary, you can delete any Fonts in the System/FONTS folder.) Now, boot the
System.Disk disk and, after the Finder display appears, insert the Install
disk. Double-click on Installer.
5. At the main Installer display, check the name of the disk shown
as the target. Click "Change Disk" util the name of the correct
hard disk or Zip Drive partition appears. To be bootable, the
install must be to the _first_ partition on the drive and this
must be a ProDOS partition. For example, if you want to install
to a Focus Hard Card drive on which the first partition is named
"Focus01", this is the name which needs to be shown.
6. Click "Easy Update" and follow prompts to insert disks as
7. When you are done, go to the Control Panel and change
the "Slots" -- "Startup Slot:" setting. It should match the Slot
in which your newly updated hard disk, etc. or interface card
for the newly updated hard disk is located. Usually, this turns
out to be "Scan". The Scan setting will boot the first bootable
disk it finds counting down from Slot 7.
II. Installing More of System 6.0.1
1. Boot System 6.0.1 from your hard disk or Zip Drive. Start the
Installer, use "Change Disk" to pick your boot partition, and
2. From the list of available updates, select one or more (use
OpenApple-click to select more than one).
Note: You may want to select and install "Application:"'s one at a time.
want to place an "Application:" on some other partition or in some particular
folder use the "Disk", "Open", "New Folder" ... buttons. Note that this selects
the target for all currect updates you have picked.
3. Recommended additions include ...
Control Panel: Sound
Desk Acc: Find File
Drive: RAM5 (if you have 4MB or more RAM)
File System: DOS 3.3 FST
File System: HFS FST
File System: Pascal FST
Printer: <pick the one for your printer>
Special Aids: <pick as needed for visual impairment, etc.>
Useful collections for extending GS System include ...
III. Changes and Other Additions
1. If you are using a RamFAST SCSI interface, you will want to copy
the RamFAST driver to System/DRIVERS and delete the other SCSI
drivers there. It is handy to have Ramfast.system copied to
your boot partition. After changing drivers, reboot and run
Ramfast.system to set Options. (See your RamFAST manual.)
2. If you are using an accelerator card which comes with CDEV or
desk accessory software, you may want to copy the CDEV to
System/CDevs and/or the desk accessory to System/Desk.Accs.
3. If you want to connect a SCSI CD-ROM drive, see the Csa2 FAQs
4. If you want to use a midi synthesizer interface or Video Overlay
Card, you can use the Installer to add Media Control stuff.
5. In general, you can add any NDA or CDA (desk accessory) or CDEV
by just copying it to the appropriate System/ folder. It will be
available when you next boot. The same usually works for other
components, such as FST's, drivers, tools, and Inits. (Inits go
in the System/System.Setup folder.)
6. Some good things to add include ...
IR- a finder extension. Mainly, IR lets you double-click
NDA or CDA to have it available during the current session. This
means that you do not have to install infrequently used desk
accessories at boot time-- which saves on memory and time
required to boot. (The NDA or CDA you start up using IR can be in
any folder.) IR goes in the System/System.Setup folder.
Quick Launch- a finder extension. QL lets you set up a
favorite programs which you can pull down (via the "Extras" menu
item). Clicking an entry starts the program. QL goes in the
File Manager- an NDA. FM lets you view and modify file
status information. It goes in System/DeskACCS.
7. Check Csa2 (the comp.sys.apple2 newsgroup) for announcements of
System 6.0.1 fixes and improvements. One that you should probably
do soon after installation is the Fix Font Manager mod. (See
IV. Questions about System 6.0.1
When you have questions about System 6.0.1,
a good place to ask
them is the Apple II newsgroup, comp.sys.apple2. Some other System
information resources include ...
1. The Csa2 FAQS at ...
Ground and USENET MIT offer pure Text for downloading or Viewing via
an FTP program.
HTML web site versions of the FAQs are available on
II Computing, Apple II Help Page, and USENET FAQS.
2. The System 6.0.1 Release
3. The System 6 Book by Jerry Kindall published by Quality
4. The comp.sys.apple2 newsgroup
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updated March 2004