Monthly Archives: September 2016

Apple //e enhanced (or : 65C02)

It’s been oddly difficult to find an Enhanced (or elsewhere, 65c02 marked) Apple //e. I have several Apple //e’s (PAL) but i’ve not come across but only one, enhanced one so far. The one i got this year, was indeed marked “65c02” and not “Enhanced”. Apple marked their enhanced units outside English speaking countries as “65c02” as it would indicate the upgraded processor inside. Not everybody understood wording “enhanced”.

65c02
The keyboard was… well, what you expect? Dirty. It needed complete teardown and cleanup before even touching. This unit must have been in factory production premises somewhere..

Rust_2
The baseplate was rusty from the corners… in this point i started to worry if this find would ever actually work.. if the motherboard would be in same condition.

board
Luckily not. Not a spot nor any leakage. Good to go.

Rust
Too an change with alternative method of removing rust. CocaCola and Sugarcube. It actually worked quite ok. Of cos, used suitable sandpaper to finish it off as much as it was possible.

Painted
Painted it matteblack to cover the rusty places and it came out quite nice.

Shining
As the closeup shows. Not bad i would say.

CPU
Indeed, it did have the NCR 65c02 processor.

With_black_PSU
So i just *had to* install an Applied Engineering’s black colored PSU (they are nice, better built AND they are 115/230v models). That’s an half B&W color-scheme there.. i *was* tempted to paint the whole //e to black but as it’s my only “65C02” Apple //e i would not do it. If had an extra Apple //e case, i’d consider it. Anyone?

 

Adding ZipChip to Apple //e (NTSC)

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Recently (well, this summer) i bought an ZipChip 4000 accelerator chip from a friend (who bought it originally used in 90’s) and installed it to my Apple //e (NTSC) unit.

ZipChip is great help if you do tasks like reading floppies to .edd files. The process is (well, 1mhz vs. 4mhz) quite a bit faster.

Installation itself is quite easy. You just need to be *carefull* when lifing the original CPU off and installing the ZipChip itself back into. The ZipChip have long legs so extra carefullness is needed. No, not really the Instruction manual is needed but i just happened to have one.

Software preservation

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Received some floppies along with some Apple ][ unit i got (most likely an Europlus). The original boxes (of DOS 3.2.1) were nice touch to it, rarely seem to come across of those.

More about software preservation later.

Apple IIc User’s Manual (Finnish)

Apple IIc User's Manual FINNISH_cover

Apple IIc Käyttäjän käsikirja (User’s Manual). This i have only seen like this, A4 photocopy-form. Have few of these.

Also have an “Apple IIc peliohjelmisto” (Apple IIc gamesoftware) floppy, but i am not completely sure if the contents of the floppy is real. It’s been imaged however.

Apple IIc käyttäjän käsikirja (pdf):
https://archive.org/details/AppleIIcUsersManualFINNISH

Apple //c peliohjelmisto (.dsk):
http://mirrors.apple2.org.za/ftp.apple.asimov.net/images/non-english/finnish/Apple%20IIc%20Peliohjelmisto%20(FINNISH).DSK

 

Kalle kotipsykiatri

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Kalle Kotipsykiatri (“Galle Mindhelper”) was an home-psychology software written for Apple II by Pekka Tolonen in 1984. It was based on Eliza by Joseph Weizenbaum (1966).

Later he translated the software to VIC-20 and Commodore 64 version was done by Jyrki J.Kasvi. The Commodore 64 version was censored by local Micro-Computer magazine “Mikrobitti” due use of cursewords, so the basic listing on the magazine never really worked. They had to update the listing several times to get it fixed. It was later also converted to Spectravideo SVI-328 by Mikroilijat Ry – and possibly other platforms as well.

Other programs based on “Kalle” were “Yrtsi” (Punk Rocker) and “Lulu” (Exotic). Lulu was introduced in Scienece-Center Heureka in Vantaa, Finland, in “Do computers think?”-exibition and demonstrated the possibilities of interactive picture/voice/synthesis on Atari computer.

Apple ][ (.dsk) image:
http://mirrors.apple2.org.za/ftp.apple.asimov.net/images/non-english/finnish/Galle-Mind%20Helper%20AKA%20Kalle%20Kotipsykiatri%20(Mikrobitti%201984%20Pekka%20Tolonen)%20-%20FINNISH.DSK