Monthly Archives: December 2018

They belong together: Apple /// and Monitor ///

(September 2017) ..nothing fancy here. Just an old Monitor ///

Finally i was able to find locally the Monitor /// model for my Apple ///. I’ve used my Apple /// with the Monitor // and of course it works, but it just looks silly. However finding the Monitor /// wasnt’s exactly easy over here but luckily a local finnish retrocomputer user who had repaired his “in almost impossible condition” Apple /// , had one extra. So we made trade to things that interested him. As i’ve mentioned (more than often i’m sure) how difficult it is to find anything Apple II or ///-hardware/software over here, this was actualy really good strike of luck. 

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It had the typical Apple logo sticker in front, which i however removed.

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My old Monitor /// i had, was opened and inspected by a ex. colleque who used to service Apple II and Machitosh’es in the 80-90’s and it actually did work. It looked quite bad so i never powered it up before. It wasn’t serviced at all just checked it worked as i don’t plan really using it.

I have two Apple ///’s and i use LCD/TV-model with the one with Titan cards on it as it generates “almost correct” color video with the RGB-cable. The Monitor /// is then used with stock 256k /// and one kept as a backup.

 

FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple /// Forever.

Apple /// with Profile-drive:

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Finally (february 2018) i got around testing the Profile hard drive i got with the Apple /// 128k (12v) i bought few years ago. I no longer have that /// but i kept the Profile that i never was ableto test as i didn’t have fully working ///. Now i tested it with the later 5v 256k model ///. It was originally US 110v model that i converted to 220v with simple jump-wire change inside the PSU. Sadly the Powersupply wasn’t up to the task anymore so i had to replace it with the new, Universal Powersupply from Reactivemicro. That was actually only a good thing.

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So i looked up those Profile I/O cards (i have two) and installed one to preferred slot 4. Finding suitable SOS-disk with the Profile driver took some time (v1.1 did not have it, only 1.2/1.3 did containthe Profile driver).

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Adding the driver to the SOS-disk wouldn’t have been too difficult, BUT at the time, my internal drive needed speed adjustment and could not write (or format) disks so it was kind of a issue there (edit: the drive got serviced up later on and is working great now).

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“I’m OK”. Kind of.

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The ProFile drive powered up, but did not light up the “ready” light. I thought it was just that is wasn’t used for god knows how long, i tried few times and i believe, in 4th time, it did boot up ok. And it was seen by SOS as well. It DID work. I must admit i was amazed. The drive itself came from south europe originally and was smashed by the UPS. There’s some plastic missing from the corners of the Profile enclousure but it stays together & looks decent.

The drive makes really horrible noise. Surely due it’s age and lack of usage but still, IT. IS. LOUD. Wonder how long the drive actually works if i keep using it 🙂 If this would have been the case in the 80’s when people used these, surely those people would be half deaf by now..

Apple /// is limited of booting from internal floppy drive ONLY and you can’t get around that. There are some SD-card solutions (SDfloppy2 and Floppyemu) that you can attach to the internal floppy connection and use it to boot the diskimages from. I have not tried this as of yet. 

The conventional Profile drive you can replace with solution like CFFA2/ClassicIDE (or equilevant) and using CF-memory as hard disk (you need suitable adapter for this). This is one thing i’m interested in getting into and make such setup work. But that’s something for 2019…

FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple /// forever.

Apple II and /// software finds

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FALK II

Found some interesting boxed software sometime ago. All in great condition and complete so far i can tell. What makes it more interesting (for preservation and locality sense) some are in Swedish.

These all are now preserved in .woz format. The manuals are to be scanned later when i get a new book scanner (2019).

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pfs: Graph (Apple II)

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pfs: Report (Apple II)

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FALK II (Apple II, Swedish)

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FALK II (Apple II, Swedish)

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FALK II (Apple II, Swedish)

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FALK II (Apple II, Swedish)

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pfs: file (Apple ///)

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Apple Writer /// (Apple /// – with Swedish floppy and manual)

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Apple Writer /// (Apple /// – with Swedish floppy and manual)

 

Things kinds of finds keep me going with this hobby!

 

FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple II & /// Forever.

 

 

p.s. Please contact me if you have more Nordic Apple II or /// software!