I was supposed to get ONE Apple //e, prefered to be broken/incomplete, as i needed only the case, lid, basepan and the keyboard if possible, for the IIe->IIGS upgrade project of mine.. But somehow i ended up getting TWO, complete units. Both for different reasons but let me get into those “reasons” below..
The first one was the “Early” PAL //e i already posted about, but the second one i got, was equally interesting:
I ended up getting this one basicly just because i thought i saw “Bubble Memory”-cards (two of them actually) on it. I’ve never had one so that possibility interested me greatly. I wasn’t 100% sure they were Bubble Memory-cards but thanks to Sean Fahey, i was getting more confident. So i just had to have it..
These cards are actually very RARE. They are “Pioneer QG-953 Bubble Memory Card” – models. No information could be found from these cards from the internet. Few different companies made such cards for Apple II:
– MPC Bubble Memory Board
– Helix Bubble Memory Card
– Pioneer QG-953 Bubble Memory Card
These all had Intel chips on them but different brands of Bubble Memory memory chip itself. I assume Intel made the reference card design and other manufacturers made the cards.
Oddly this unit didn’t have any floppy drive controller cards on it. Now that’s RARE thing to come across with 🙂 Maybe it was removed somewhere along the line. It was loaded with other cards however.
The unit itself was PAL 65c02 -model that is harder to find over here. So far i have only one PAL 65c02 -model in my collection : https://finapple.hho.fi/finapple/index.php/2016/09/12/apple-e-enhanced-or-65c02
The ROM’s seems to be custom made eproms.
When the unit is powered up it goes directly to some diagnostic (?) screen and shows all kinds of information about the hardware and connections. I have not been able to pass that screen anyway and the Bubble memory cards won’t boot either with these rom’s or with stock apple rom’s on it. I have no idea how this setup should work.. It might require some external device hooked up to it or something.
These eprom’s need to get saved up. Just need to get that eprom reader/writer device finally.
Serial number : A2S2064P – 2A2S2-377995 (Made in Ireland)
Power supply : 699-0161-A | Silver 240V | Date: 8729
Board code : 620-0073-B | B-607-0264-F
Board date : 8444
Keyboard ROM : 342-0152 SWEDEN
Video ROM : 341-0162-A
EF ROM 341-0134 : MIB 6.5T EF E47A (27C64-25JL) *CUSTOM*
CD ROM 341-0135 : MIB 6.5T CD F0B6 (27C64-25JL) *CUSTOM*
Processor : 6502
-Pioneer PZI-100 Micro B.C.U./O.C.I.-card
-Super Serial Card II (One chip missing)
-80col/64k card (Apple)
-Interface card (Pioneer Communications of America, Inc.)
-Clock/Calendar Module Model 7424 – card (ROM missing)
-Pioneer QG-953 Bubble Memory Card
-Pioneer QG-953 Bubble Memory Card
This unit is strange beast. It seems to be regular, non enhanced 6502 model (1984) with “65C02” case and powersupply from 1987. Also there’s a fan attached underneath the keyboard as well that had hacked power-in from the power supply.
The power suplly model is the same they put in the Platinum //e’s in those “International NTSC” models (aka “Euro Platinum”). I’ve only had those “gold” Astec models with my //e’s that i’ve come across before (long or short models).
Pioneer PZI-100 Micro B.C.U./O.C.I.-card
Many cards in this unit are made by Pioneer Communications Of America, Inc. so what comes to mind with Pioneer would be something to do with Karaoke, or anything Laserdisc-releated. Hope the code in eproms would give some tips what this unit was used for.
More about those Bubble memory cards and eproms later.
FinApple 2019 (c)
Apple //e Forever.