BlueGS: Internal BlueSCSI for Apple IIgs and //e
BlueGS is the internal hard drive your Apple IIgs and //e always craved.
Using the BlueSCSI SCSI drive emulator and your compatible SCSI card, you have a fully internal hard drive with accessible microSD slot while still keeping your DB-25 connector free for other peripherals.
How it works
BlueGS connects between your SCSI card and its external DB-25 connector to give you a seamless installation. The BlueGS module itself mounts in a free DB-25 connector cutout in the rear of your IIgs or //e.
- Gives your Apple IIgs or //e an internal, cable-free hard drive
- Can be powered from SCSI termination power only (if present)
- "Termination Power" mod is not required (when powered from auxiliary 5V source)
- Can provide termination power to the SCSI bus (when powered from a 5V source such as the Game IO connector or card slot)
- Built-in termination that is controlled with a single switch
- Active termination ICs instead of passive termination resistors, reduces power consumption by over 2/3rds
- Reverse current and voltage protection with overcurrent prevention for auxiliary 5V input
- Connection for external drive activity LED
Compatible SCSI cards
- GGLabs A2SCSI - a clone of the Apple Rev C SCSI card
- Apple Rev C SCSI and clones
- Apple High-Speed SCSI ("Sandwich II")
- Ramfast SCSI
Assumed to work:
- GSE-Reactive SCSI Card
- AMR SCSI
- Cirtech SCSI/Insyder
- SVA Hard Disk Adapter
The CMS SCSI II is currently confirmed NOT to work, though it appears to be a (card) firmware issue and not a "bug" with BlueSCSI.
What if my SCSI card doesn't provide termination power?
Running BlueGS from "termination power" makes installation much easier, but not all SCSI cards have it. For more details, please check out the notes on Powering BlueGS.
Using BenchmarkD with Apple IIgs (ROM 1, "Fast" speed), GS-RAM Plus w/ 2MB, GGLabs A2SCSI card. Using Blue-Pill-based BlueGS board.
- File: 52 KB/s
- Block-by-block: 36 KB/s
- With 64K buffer: 79 KB/s
- Write (File): 37 KB/s
Can I use it on things besides the IIgs and //e?
Yes! It's a standard BlueSCSI device and uses the standard BlueSCSI V1 firmware. In fact, the built-in DB-25 connector makes it the perfect external SCSI drive as well!
BlueGS can be mounted internally in any computer that has an open cutout for a DB-25 connector.
✅ Compatible Apple clones
These computers do have rear DB-25 cutouts and so BlueGS should be able to mount properly, but are untested.
- Franklin Ace 2000/2100/2200
- Basis 108
🚫 Apple II/II+ and similar clones
BlueGS will function in an Apple II or II+, but you will not be able to mount it because it uses "V" shaped cutouts instead of D-Subminiature connector cutouts like the //e and IIgs have.
Many Apple II clones use the same rear cutout design and have the same mounting limitation. A mounting solution for these machine is planned.
- Franklin Ace 100/1000/1200
- Includes the -8, -82, -8M, -8A, -8E, and -8C
- Unitron (Brazil)
- Ci Base-48 and Pineapple (Korea)
If you purchased BlueGS as a self-assemble kit or are using your own PCBs, please follow the instructions in the "assembly" directory.
If your BlueGS was purchased fully-assembled, please move on to the "Installation" section.
Installation guides can be found in the "installation" directory.
V1.4 Schematic (FINAL, recommended design)
EDA/Kicad and Gerber Files
Kicad of current design can be found in kicad directory.
The "Blue Pill" footprint was originally created by Yet-Another-Average-Joe.
Symbol and footprint for Molex 105162-0001 MicroSD slot created by SnapEDA user HMantz.