[Blindapple] Updated MESS emulator package

Rachel Keyte racheldk at tpg.com.au
Sat Aug 31 07:46:10 EDT 2013

oh yes, I have mess.exe, but how do I command prompt into that 
directory? I'm not too familiar with command prompts?
At 09:41 PM 31/08/2013, you wrote:
>You're probably running from the command line. That means it can't 
>find mess.exe. So try some things.
>1. CD into the Mess directory, the place you unzipped the emulator 
>package. Try running this command:
>mess apple2ee -flop1 disks\twriter.dsk
>If it still says Mess is an unrecognized command...
>2. Within that directory, check to see if there is, in fact, a 
>mess.exe file. If not, that's your problem right there.
>Unzip the file again. If mess.exe still isn't there, the only thing 
>I can think is that your antivirus is silently deleting it for some 
>reason. Hopefully that's not happening. I can send you the official 
>MESS build, but that one has the Echo speech a bit fast, since there 
>was a problem in the source code. I fixed that problem and rebuilt MESS.
>Please let me know how things are going.
>On 8/31/2013 3:24 AM, Rachel Keyte wrote:
>>OK it's saying to me "mess is not recognized as an internal or 
>>external command, operable file or batch program."
>>I tried your first example where you wrote mess apple2ee etc, then 
>>the below one where you said i needed to type "mess\mess apple2ee" etc.
>>It's not recognizing the "mess" thi
>>Thanksng for some reason
>>At 03:34 PM 31/08/2013, you wrote:
>>>You probably want to change to the directory where mess.exe is located if
>>>you're doing this from the command line. If you're not doing it from the
>>>command line, then yes, you need to give the full drive and path to
>>>mess.exe, but shouldn't have to give the full path to the disk image,
>>>just the relative path, like so, for example:
>>>s:\mystuff\programs\mess\mess apple2ee -flop1 disks\twriter.dsk
>>>If that doesn't work, please give me any error message you're getting.
>>>----- Original Message -----
>>>From: Rachel Keyte <racheldk at tpg.com.au>
>>>To: Blind Apple Discussions <blindapple at bluegrasspals.com>
>>>Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:23:07 +1000
>>>Subject: Re: [Blindapple] Updated MESS emulator package
>>> > Hi Jason,
>>> >
>>> > I'm having trouble getting this to work.  As I unzipped the folder on
>>> > to my F drive in a folder called "programs\shared"in the command
>>> > prompt, should I type:
>>> > f:\shared\pgorams\mess apple2ee -flop1\disks\games7.dsk?
>>> > Note that I did try just putting in their exactly what you had below
>>> > but it didn't work. Should there be more backslashes in your example?
>>> > Also note that even though the folder is called 'shared", I'm not
>>> > sharing anything with anyone; it was from the days i use to have an
>>> > FPT site but they're gone.
>>> > So could you just put again what I'd type in my example?
>>> > Thanks in advance.
>>> > At 10:23 PM 30/08/2013, you wrote:
>>> > >Hi all,
>>> > >
>>> > >This update fixes the Echo pitch issue so it sounds more like the
>>> > >real thing. A few other fixes are included, as well as a readme,
>>> > >pasted below. URL is the same:
>>> > >http://www.bluegrasspals.com/messapple.zip
>>> > >Enjoy!
>>> > >Jayson
>>> > >
>>> > >Apple Emulation with Echo II Plus Emulation for Windows
>>> > >
>>> > >This package contains an emulator called MESS which I have set up to
>>> > >emulate an Enhanced Apple IIe with an Echo II Plus speech
>>> > >synthesizer. If you're reading this, you've already downloaded and
>>> > >extracted this archive. In the disks subfolder are several talking
>>> > >disk images supplied so you can have fun with your virtual Apple. I
>>> > >have quite a few more, but these are just some to get you started.
>>> > >You'll also see a folder called roms, which you don't need to do
>>> > >anything with. If you go poking around in there anyway, you'll see
>>> > >several zip files. Do NOT unzip them, they are designed to stay zipped.
>>> > >
>>> > >Before you start, you'll probably need a full desktop keyboard, for
>>> > >reasons which will become apparent later on. If you're using Jaws,
>>> > >you'll also want to set up a script to put it to sleep when mess.exe
>>> > >is running. Otherwise, it will try to grab some Apple keystrokes,
>>> > >and in general not do very nice things.
>>> > >
>>> > >To start the emulator with a disk in drive 1, type the following at
>>> > >a command prompt, for example:
>>> > >mess apple2ee -flop1 disks\egames.dsk
>>> > >
>>> > >Yes, you do need to type apple2ee with two e's since that's the
>>> > >designator for an Enhanced IIe.
>>> > >
>>> > >Once the Apple has started, things pretty much work like you'd think
>>> > >they would. The four arrow keys really do act as the Apple's arrow
>>> > >keys, left and right alt are open and closed apple, F12 is reset. In
>>> > >most cases, even if your real caps lock is turned off, the Apple's
>>> > >caps lock will be turned on, simply because so many Apple games and
>>> > >programs require all upper case input. If you want to change this,
>>> > >just hit your caps lock.
>>> > >
>>> > >The program records a wav file of your Apple session in a file
>>> > >called session.wav. If you don't want this file, just delete it. It
>>> > >is overwritten with each new emulator session, so if you do anything
>>> > >you want to preserve, you need to take steps to do so before you run
>>> > >Mess again.
>>> > >
>>> > >I currently don't know how to switch disks, so you don't want to use
>>> > >this to play Eamon or for any other purpose where disk switching is
>>> > >required. Working on this.
>>> > >
>>> > >Please be aware that this program doesn't significantly speed up
>>> > >disk access, so there may be long pauses while Apple programs load.
>>> > >
>>> > >To exit the emulator, hold down the scroll lock and press the insert
>>> > >key on the six-pack, that is, the set of keys with insert, del,
>>> > >home, end, page-up, and page-down. Release both keys, then hit
>>> > >escape. This will flip the power switch on the virtual Apple, so
>>> > >anything you were doing will be lost forever.
>>> > >
>>> > >Have fun!
>>> > >
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