This past weekend I set aside a bit of time to install some additional RAM into my IIgs in preparation for a new CFFA and GS/OS 6.0.1 upgrade in the coming days.
I’ve been shopping around for a 4-8MB RAM card to replace my old school 1.5MB Applied Engineering GS-RAM card for a couple months, and finally pulled the trigger on Briel Computer’s 4MB GS RAM card. There are a couple existing vendors of GS RAM cards out there at the moment, but Briel’s offering can be had for $55 via their eBay store, less than a third of the 8MB Sirius RAM IIgs’ hefty $179 price tag. Considering most software won’t take advantage of more than 4MB RAM (not to mention disabled DMA for anything above 4MB), the allure of having the maximum possible RAM in my GS just wasn’t compelling enough.
The Briel card is quite cute, opting to use what appear to be standard SIMM modules rather than the discrete RAM chips found on most GS RAM expansions. This greatly reduces its footprint.
Installation was a breeze - I simply popped the top of the GS, removed the old Applied Engineering card and shoved the new Briel card in its place. A quick reboot and a glance at the memory control panel confirmed the new RAM was fully recognized and operating as expected. Fortunately, there do not appear to be any conflicts with the existing TransWarp GS card.
I’ll report more once the CFFA arrives - that’s when the fun should really start for this particular machine.