• Apple II Forever!

    From Spectre@21:3/101 to Anybody on Thu May 27 21:46:00 2021
    Hmmm so what have we got...

    II+ Clone - Videx clone 80col card, 128k Saturn Card, 2x5.25"
    IIe Clone - CloneE, 512k RamWorks Clone, 1Mb RamFactor, 2x5.25" with a switch selectable FloppyEmu floppy emulator, Z-80 CP/M card.
    IIgs ROM1 - MicroDrive Turbo, and a VidHD for HDMI output, 4Mb RAM card

    I'd probably still give my left or maybe even both testicles at this stage for a ROM3... got some general spare bits around too if you're in the market for anything, or looking for something.

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  • From 8-Bit@21:2/133 to Spectre on Thu May 27 20:27:39 2021
    Are we listing our systems? Most of mine are still currently untested but
    they are all together at least now.

    Apple II
    Apple II+ x 2
    Bell & Howell Apple II+
    5+ various Apple IIe's
    5+ various Apple IIgs'
    Apple IIc x 2
    Laser 128ex
    IIe card for Mac LC

    Plus a bunch of monitors, addon cards, etc. I have been collecting since the early 90s and I have worked in K-12 schools so I have had good luck obtaining Apple products.
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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to 8-Bit on Fri May 28 14:08:00 2021
    You can do whatever strikes your fancy.

    the early 90s and I have worked in K-12 schools so I have had good
    luck obtaining Apple products.

    Half your luck... I only had access way back when to a couple of public schools which all had bog standard equipment, so mostly IIe's with Monitor II's and DuoDrives.

    Managed to pick some goodies up through an Apple user group.. but unfortunately most of that slipped through my fingers long ago during a messy split.

    What I have now is mostly the acquisition of a couple of years, and odd contacts that come my way.

    Apple II Apple II+ x 2 Bell & Howell Apple II+ 5+ various Apple IIe's
    5+ various Apple IIgs' Apple IIc x 2 Laser 128ex IIe card for Mac LC

    Thats quite the haul... Never seen a Darth Vader, I don't believe we have them here in Aus.. The 128ex's are much like the IIc+ aren't they? We never got the IIc+ either, but I think there are some 128's around.

    Out of mine I mostly use the GS, but I'm struggling to find a monitot to suit it. Over size and scaled image are a bit marginal. I'm on the hunt for a 12-14" LCD TV with scart on it. I had one and inadvertantly broke the screen.

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  • From 8-Bit@21:2/133 to Spectre on Fri May 28 18:55:00 2021
    Apple II Apple II+ x 2 Bell & Howell Apple II+ 5+ various Apple IIe's 5+ various Apple IIgs' Apple IIc x 2 Laser 128ex IIe card for Mac LC

    Thats quite the haul... Never seen a Darth Vader, I don't believe we
    have them here in Aus.. The 128ex's are much like the IIc+ aren't they?
    We never got the IIc+ either, but I think there are some 128's around.

    I think so. I was just watching Adrian's Digital Basement and it seems they have some nice capabilies compared to the original IIc anyway.

    Out of mine I mostly use the GS, but I'm struggling to find a monitot to suit it. Over size and scaled image are a bit marginal. I'm on the hunt for a 12-14" LCD TV with scart on it. I had one and inadvertantly broke the screen.

    I believe you can find adapters for them. I was looking at offering cables up at 8bitclassics.com but I need more time in my life.
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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to 8-Bit on Sat May 29 11:20:00 2021
    Apple II
    Apple II+ x 2
    Bell & Howell Apple II+
    5+ various Apple IIe's
    5+ various Apple IIgs'
    Apple IIc x 2 Laser 128ex
    IIe card for Mac LC

    Ok so two other important questions :) Where in the world are you and have you got a spare ROM3 GS?

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to 8-Bit on Sat May 29 11:41:00 2021
    I think so. I was just watching Adrian's Digital Basement and it seems they have some nice capabilies compared to the original IIc anyway.

    Off hand, notably accelsiorator, 1, 2.4 and 3.6 Mhz modes. Probably better serial ports, the IIc's were awful. And maybe more memory unclear if some of that was standard or not. The slot assignments are different too.

    I believe you can find adapters for them. I was looking at offering cables up at 8bitclassics.com but I need more time in my life.

    While you can find adapters, I find no matter the scaling while it might anti-alias the image leaves a lot to be desired unless you can sit 6Km from the picture. The straight image from GS through SCART cable, no adapter/converter far exceeded anything I can get out of the VidHD for arguments sake.

    With a little jiggery pokery inside the SCART connector to tell it what its doing, the GS output will feed directly into a native SCART interface with no issues.

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  • From Vk3jed@21:1/109 to Spectre on Sat May 29 16:58:00 2021
    On 05-29-21 11:20, Spectre wrote to 8-Bit <=-

    Apple II
    Apple II+ x 2
    Bell & Howell Apple II+
    5+ various Apple IIe's
    5+ various Apple IIgs'
    Apple IIc x 2 Laser 128ex
    IIe card for Mac LC

    Ok so two other important questions :) Where in the world are you and
    have you got a spare ROM3 GS?

    My Apple II collection is a bit more modest. I have an Apple II, and a Royal II (Japanese clone, complete with Japanese keyboard). AFAIK, both work, except for the PSU. I also have a pair of 5.25" drives, a Microsoft Z80 Softcard, 80 column text card and a PAL TV modulator for the Apple (since it's built for the Australian market).

    I have fond memories of the Apple II series machines. I never got to use a IIGS, but it was on my wish list in the 80s.


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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to Vk3jed on Sat May 29 18:41:00 2021
    AFAIK, both work, except for the PSU. I also have a pair of 5.25"

    I hereby hand you a round-tuit for the PS :P


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  • From 8-Bit@21:2/133 to Spectre on Sat May 29 09:08:50 2021
    Ok so two other important questions :) Where in the world are you and
    have you got a spare ROM3 GS?

    Wisconsin and honestly I don't know what ROMs they have in them. I have one
    at my day job on my desk for display but the others are finally now in my basement after the move last year. I just haven't had time to go through everything.
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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to 8-Bit on Sun May 30 09:09:00 2021
    Wisconsin and honestly I don't know what ROMs they have in them. I have

    The ROM3 is actually a complete motherboard revision. So you can tell by lifting the lid. The easiest is to check the battery, which you'd actually want to clip out or remove, they're notorious for leaking at this stage. Avoid acid damage now.

    The ROM1 has a battery with axial leads soldered into the board, it does hide under the power supply but that will just unclip. The ROM3 has a smaller footprint battery in a holder. Which should be visible. Most school issue ones were early and tend to be ROM1s though :/

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  • From Vk3jed@21:1/109 to Spectre on Sun May 30 16:43:00 2021
    On 05-29-21 18:41, Spectre wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    AFAIK, both work, except for the PSU. I also have a pair of 5.25"

    I hereby hand you a round-tuit for the PS :P

    :D


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  • From 8-Bit@21:2/133 to Spectre on Sun May 30 08:52:33 2021
    I will have to look them over. Thanks for the info!
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  • From goto_KCM@21:1/218 to Vk3jed on Thu Jun 3 20:09:29 2021
    My Apple II collection is a bit more modest. I have an Apple II, and a Royal II (Japanese clone, complete with Japanese keyboard). AFAIK, both work, except for the PSU. I also have a pair of 5.25" drives, a
    Microsoft Z80 Softcard, 80 column text card and a PAL TV modulator for
    the Apple (since it's built for the Australian market).

    Nice Apple II. I have a Apple //e here with a SD Card Drive. Also a very interesting computer system.

    Did you get yourself a copy of the game Nox Archaist for the Apple II? Great Ultima IV style game.

    Regards
    Andreas

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  • From Vk3jed@21:1/109 to goto_KCM on Fri Jun 4 19:05:00 2021
    On 06-03-21 20:09, goto_KCM wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    Nice Apple II. I have a Apple //e here with a SD Card Drive. Also a
    very interesting computer system.

    Nice. :)

    Did you get yourself a copy of the game Nox Archaist for the Apple II? Great Ultima IV style game.

    No, I've never been a gamer.


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  • From opus7@21:2/150 to Anybody on Wed Jul 14 14:35:48 2021
    Apple II...Forever...

    hmmm, if you/someone else is serious about that, I have two spare Apple II PSU units to give away...not the original ones, but the ones produced by Reactivemicro... I did buy them for my Amstrad, but they did not work for that purpose (at least not in my hands)...so shame to have them in the shelf. Get in touch, will donate them to a true Apple 2 fan for the shipping costs :-) (I'm in Europe though, so easier if the true Apple 2 fan is a European one)

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to opus7 on Wed Jul 21 10:42:00 2021
    hmmm, if you/someone else is serious about that, I have two spare Apple II PSU units to give away...not the original ones, but the ones produced by

    Hmm I believe in Oz we could use at least two. VK3JED has a need for a II+, I also need one for a Clone+. Those things weren't terribly cheep, happy to spring for shipping and help defray your costs.

    What was the problem with the Amstrad, obviously power :P But voltage requirements? +12, 5 and -12, 5??

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  • From opus7@21:1/158 to Spectre on Sat Jul 24 22:35:11 2021
    Hi Spectre,

    the problem with the Amstrad I could never really solve. The Voltages come out just fine (and I tested them)), and the 63W were borderline for the Amstrad but should have done it. Better you check the Power supply before you attach it, just to be sure. I have a suspicion that is has to do how the Apple II power supply bridges the 0V, that seems different to the IBM world.

    Let me know were to post them (i.e. through a private message)

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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to opus7 on Thu Sep 23 15:59:00 2021
    the problem with the Amstrad I could never really solve. The Voltages come out just fine (and I tested them)), and the 63W were borderline for the Amstrad but should have done it. Better you check the Power supply before you attach it, just to be sure. I have a suspicion that is has to do how the Apple II power supply bridges the 0V, that seems different to the IBM world.

    Ponder been a while, I don't check in here to often. Only just found this buried in the past. The A2 supply is really just a super early switchmode supply. It doen't have to many foibles in the 0 crossings, but what you can
    run foul of, is all the voltage regulation is done from the 5v rail. If
    there's insufficient load on it, the rest will be all over the place. That
    said PC supplies so long as they still provide all the right voltages are easier to work with. I've had an ATX 1.0 supply powering Clone+ but I have to sit it outside the case :/

    If you come across this throw me a line, sysop@tlp.zapto.org...

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