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A little bit about: Preserving Apple II casette-based software:

Apple and other publishers, released software on c-casette tapes since 1977 to early 1980’s
The c-casette tape was the only way to save your data until the Disk II became available in June 1978 ($495). And of course, it took time when it became dominant format for saving data on your Apple ][.

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Recently i obtained some Apple ][ software tapes that did require preservation. All others
but “Mimic” were already preserved by Antoine Vignau of the great Brutaldeluxe,
http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr so i took the task to preserve the “Mimic”-casette release. To me, this was first ever (original) casette software for the Apple ][, so this was all “new” to me even i knew the process more or less.

Last time i’ve copied software tapes was back in mid 80’s when i realized i could actually copy
the software tapes with double-deck c-casette players. That was start of something.. wonderfull (and brought to me lots of new friends).

These came with the box (rather rare to happen thesedays) so i will scan them and the manuals as well and they’ll appear on Antoine’s collection later on.

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Instant Software-releases from 1979:
-Math Tutor I 20k (0073A)
-Sahara Warriors: Commando, French Foreigh Legion 8k (0080A)
-Mimic 24k (0025A)
-Manual for : Math Fun 6 32k (0160AD)

Also additional tape came with these, it seems to have Star Trek game on it which i had to preserve as well. It was one of these “just in case” situations. Save everything, analyze later.

What is required in order to preserve the software tapes?
-Casette deck/player
-Audio cable
-Audacity -software
-Ciderpress -software

The setup:casettedeck_s
Nothing odd or difficult. Connecting the casette-deck to your computer, in this case, Pioneer CT-F650, i obtained from a colleque at work to laptop (Macbook Pro) with suitable cables (2*RCA->minijac). See that the possible DOLBY-setting is OFF.

Reading:
-Using Audacity (WAV, 22kHz, 8-bit mono) to read the casette (or the data off it if you know excatly how much there is) to single, non-compressed .wav file. Reading “too much” (i.e. whole side of the casette) doesnt matter.

We are going to save the .wav file(s) as master/original file, but also, convert the .wav back to file-format in order to keep it (and it’s easier to be used) in DOS 3.2 or DOS 3.3 disk image.

Converting (to disk image):import-files-from-wav_2
Create empty DOS 3.2/3.3 -disk image, and using Ciderpress, import the files from the .wav file to the  disk image. Import : actions > import file from WAV, choose the file and press >IMPORT<

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You can setup when importing the files the file-name, if it’s Binary, aAplesoft or Integer BASIC.
-Mimic loader
-Mimic program

instant_software_presents_sLoading program:

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Mimic-menu:

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Mimic-the game:


Some good ideas:

-Do fast forward the tape back and forth few times if the tape have not been used for long time. The tape might be stuck due heat and lack of usage.

 

Links:
Collection of Apple II tape software:
http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/projects/cassettes/index.html

By Apple: The format of data on the tape
http://support.apple.com/kb/TA40730

By Apple: Read and write routines from the monitor
http://support.apple.com/kb/TA40737

 

FinApple 2017 (c)
Apple ][ forever
http://kasettilamerit.fi

Special thanks to Antoine Vignau of Brutaldeluxe.fi

 

Roadtrip: Swedish Apple’s

It all begins when i was contacted by Peter Fuks, who was an Chairman of the AUG (Apple User’s Group Sweden) in 1999-2002.

http://A2central.com
Apple User Group of Sweden – formed in the early 1980s, the AUG still has 30-35 enthusiastic members. The group usually meets twice a year in Stockholm and Gothenburg, usually 5-10 people each, and has an extensive software library, ”mostly older games on 5.25? disks. To join the group, the fee is 150 Swedish crowns (US $10) per year. For more information, visit the group’s web site at http://www.appleusergroup.org.

So Peter offered some Apple ][ material he needed to dispose due need of space and lack of time as well other hobbies taking time when he got retired and he knew i could preserve the software and if there were, anything else, paper material for the other users and for the future.

I was very honored and we figured out the dates as i’d need to travel from Finland to Sweden with ferry and take my car with me. It took some months to find the suitable dates and i booked the tickets to Viking Line-ferry that goes from Helsinki to Stockholm. It’s about 16.5 hour per side with the boat so it would take about two days for the trip in total.

Leaving: “It was Roadtrip time!”on_boat_s
So it was roadtrip time! My friend Marko joined me to the trip and i picked him from train station and we headed to the ferry. I booked the tickets so i could drive the car in the boat first, and get out, first. That would save time and nerves.

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Lots of cars and trucks use the ferries to get over the sea to Sweden.

Arriving: “Så här är vi i sverige”
Arriving at 10:00 to Sweden. Weather was nice but slightly clowdy. Nice and dry compared to Finland when we left..

Driving to: “On our way to Järfälla”
Järfälla is about 20km away from downtown Stockholm to north-west so it’s rather easy task to drive there and back. There’s not that much time as the boat leaves back in afternoon but enough for quick round trip there. Or so we thought.. My GPS-navigator is about 10 years old that was however ok, it did work out well. Just IF i would have believed the route it offered.. I tried to use my own very easy, very fast route that i could now however track from the GPS-device itself…  so we drove some 15km to wrong direction first then i started to actually pay attention to the GPS and changed the route… and we found the place. Rather easily in the end 🙂

At Peter’s home: “Meeting Peter”
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Me, Peter and Marko:

Peter and his wife, Gunnel, were waiting. So we drinked some coffee, talked about the tech in general (Peter collects old radios and those are so beautiful!) and the loaded up the car. We were sadly bit on a tight schedule so there were not so much time i was hoping. Peter and Gunnel were as nice people as you could think of.

Peter’s Computers:
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Peter have/have had, lots of Apple ][ computers over the years. He had kept two i think, of Apple //e’s. The main unit he had was really COOL hacked one with just motherboard inside, external keyboard, HDD, 5.25″ and 3.5″ drives with powersupply in another external case!
He had Slotbuster, Phasor cards on his board among PC Transporter setup. What an great period perfect hack-unit!

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Inside of the Peter’s Apple //e with SlotBuster-card.

 

Leaving: “Heading back to Stockholm”
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Car packed with Apple ][-goodies..

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Getting back to the ferry thru downtown Stockholm was easier than i tought. The GPS took us thru the oldtown of the Stockholm and thru the  construction area of Slussen, but the route was so FAST. We got in time to the ferry and even had to wait quite a bit to get in.

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Waiting to drive the car inside the ferry at Stockholm harbor.

At home:
Roadtrip was over! Took about 40 hours for the total trip or so.

Of cos when getting home, i unloaded the material to my work/hobby/mancave-room but only few hours later, had time to start looking into them (i was exicited of cos).

What were there?apple_iis_s
Apple ][-case : REAL ][ but no serial number on bottom for some reason, only reads “2000”, Apple //e (taiwanese clone), Apple //e.

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Pineapple : Apple II+ clone motherboard + ROM card

boards_cards_sApple //e international NTSC board, CP/M card (Microsoft card clone) with Microsoft Softcard manuals & floppies. The //e board reads “broken” so it might need some work to get it working again.

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The Swedish Apple User’s Group (AUG Sweden) “User News” – magazines from 1982-1983.
These are very interesting! These all will be scanned of cos.

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Manuals of all kinds and some game manuals for various games (copied), Apple II books etc. Some of the books “Bag of Tricks” and “Beneath the Apple DOS” seems to be Taiwanese/Hongkong copies. Deep Dark Castle Magazine’s are interesting, somesort of BBS-user’s magazine i think?

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Few books, catalogs, Beagle Bros. manuals, Pineapple catalog/magazine.

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Apple Answer Books Vol.1 and 2 and some manuals and catalogs.

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Microsoft Softcard manuals with disks (13-sector).

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Original games (EPYX)) and Apple Special Delivery title and even one Apple /// software.

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Early (1979) original games in casette with boxes (!). These things are quite rare.

magazines_sMagazines of all kinds: Call A.P.P.L.E., Nibble, Byte, InCider, User’s News (Swedish) etc.

broderbund_sBroderbund – catalogs.

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Heavy-beast, HDD-drive (assuming 5MB) with the interface card. Never have had an “real hdd” with Apple ][ before.

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Connections in the back. Made in Sweden i’d say.

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Interface-card.

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Model/number.

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Floppies : about 50 pcs (Apple II and CP/M).

Lots of material to be preserved! It’s like christmas for geeky Apple ][ guy like me.

FinApple 2017 (c)
Apple ][ forever.

 

3d-printed case for FloppyEmu:

I obtained long time ago an another FloppyEmu (Rev.A) but it came without the case. I didn’t use it (it had an Macintosh firmware on it) for anything but lately i started to need an sd-boot option for my “hack //e” as i am sort of CFFA3000-cards.

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Using the bare-board is not so safe nor convinient.. specially when your desk is full of other electrical components or other stuff.

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So i flashed the firmware so it could be used with the Apple II and notised it wasn’t really good idea to use it without any casing so i started to look for an 3d-printed case for it.  I remembered there were few made and i was able to find the files from  :
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2200119

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Top of the  case:

case_bottomBottom of the case:

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The buttons:

I took the files to few local 3d-printer companies and asked for pricing. I was quite amazed how expensive it would have been. One complete box would have cost close to 50€ with shipping (locally). The original case at : http://www.bigmessowires.com/floppy-emu would have cost some $35 shipped. Not that cheap either. If one would order the FloppyEmu and the case, then it would really not matter. No i wasn’t looking to get it for 1€ but less that 50€ for sure.

Luckily Eduardo contacted me and offered to print one for me. Thank you Eduardo very much!
I own you man. The case looks very much Apple //c or even //gs – styled design so it’s great fit for Apple ][.

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First test assembly:

Eduardo game me good tip: to use tape to keep the buttons on their place and make the button movement more accurate.

case_with_tapes_eduardoPicture by Eduardo:

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About to be closed up:

I have not yet glued it together however. If too strong glue is used, it’s impossible to open it evern again for any reason possible, That needs some thinking to do i guess.

FinApple 2017
Apple ][ forever!

 

Apple In Europa – Vol.1 No.4 (Januar 1982)

apple-in-europa-vol-1-no-4-januar-1982-german_s_2I found one nice Apple (internal?) newsletter from early 1982, in German, called “APPLE IN EUROPA”. It was usual sales/product/business info but also nice pieces of history for details-buffs like myself.

I found out for example the exat time/dates when they showed the Apple /// for the first time in Finland at the ELCOM ’81 exhibition/trade show, Helsinki, 2-6- November 1981.

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As well DESIGN ’81 in Helsinki, 2-6 August 1981, had an FinApple’s presense and assume Apple ][ was the main item.

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Also KONTTORITEKNIIKAN NÄYTTELY ’81 in Turku, 23-26 September 1981. I’ve been in some of these in Helsinki maybe in 1986-1988 time range or so. These were about all things releated to office work, papers, pens, desks, computers – all you can think of.

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img_0000_sIF somebody have more of these, please contact me, share there, or contact me for scanning them. These are extermely interesting pieces of history and detail!

I am not sure if i’ve seen this Sales Promotion Price List scanned up.

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Scanned pdf can be found at https://archive.org/details/AppleInEuropaVol.1No.4Januar1982German

FinApple 2017
Apple ][ forever.

 

EOA “Album sleeve” games for Apple ][

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I have lately added to my collection some more nice games released by Electronic Arts (good ol’ “EOA”), those all come in  “album”-style sleeve. Activision also released games in such packaging – not sure if any other company did this?

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This made me wonder of cos, what games were released by EOA packaged like this?
I found an list from wikipedia listing these:

list-of-apple-ii-games-wikipedia_shttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Electronic_Arts_games

I don’t think the Wikipedia-list is very complete however..


My collection:

Adventure Construction Set
Music Construction Set
Movie Maker
Archon
Archon II: Adept
Lords of the Conquest
Age of Adventure
Murder on The Zuinderneuf
The Seven Cities of Gold
Pinball Construction Set
Marble Madness
Skyfox
Pinball Construction Set
Axis Assassin
The Seven Cities of Gold (Chinese disk and manual, no box)
Adventure Construction Set (Chinese disk and manual, no box)
Super Boulder Dash (Boulder Dash & Boulder Dash II)
Arctic Fox
Strike Fleet
Amnesia
P.H.M. Pegasus
Wasteland

What i am looking for:
Hard Hat Mack
Bard’s Tale
Bard’s Tale II
Bard’s Tale III
etc..etc…”collect ’em all”

FinApple 2017/2018
Apple ][ forever

Not Apple: Atari 800 : Oddity in Finland

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No the blog is NOT GOING TO turn into “FinAtari” -anytime soon, like it or not. This time i just quickly, present the latest addition (or addiction?) of 8-bit era i so much love.
The original Atari 800.

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Finding Atari 800 isn’t really difficult from USA, but elsewhere, it feels that it’s closer to
Impossibility. That is if you want PAL and 220/240v model for some reason. I’ve wanted to
find the original 800 for ages and now it finally became possible. They are not easy nor cheap
like mentioned, so when they do come available, you’re battling with moral issues, to pay
or not to pay (too much). Depends on you.

psu_240v_sThis Atari 800 i got was boxed, international PAL-version with 240v 50hz powersupply (non
atari original however but i’ve seen this type before in europe, heavy bulky almost like industrial)  with boxed casette drive 410, few joysticks and modules “Basic” and “k-Razy Kritters”. It does have the 48k RAM and 10k ROM modules. It does kind of need the floppy drive, Atari 810 of cos.

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The unit itself is in *great* condition! No yellowing, no cracks, everything is there. I feel this wasn’t used much by the previous owner (sorry for bit darkish picture).

It came with all kinds of documents, Atari club letter, price lists from british Atari dealers, handwritten sales offer from the shop for the previous owner (!), few Atari IO magazines, manuals for Basic, Atari 800 International brouchure etc. I’ll scan those that needs to be scanned for. You can find those from the internet archives now.

owners_guide_sThe Atari 800 Home Computer Owner’s Guide International

atari_io_mag_sAtari Imput/Output -magazine (Spring 1984)

software_price_list_sSoftware pricelist from British microcomputer shop.

I have not been able to found out anything (!) about the Atari 800 history in Finland (or Sweden) like when it was introduced, any advertisements, games or units itself sold etc. That’s something to i need to work with. I remember seeing ONE unit sold few years ago in Finland, but i think it reached quite high prices even without PSU & it was untested. It was way too risky of a deal. So far i’ve gathered information, the Atari 400 and 800 were not sold or imported by any larger companies, they might have been imported in low ammounts by some smaller companies who did not advertise them heavily. Let’s remember. There were no Micro-Computer magazines in late 70’s yet, only professional Computer magazines over here. I’ll try finding those more “serious” computer magazines if there’s any mentioning of the Atari 400/800.

UPDATE:
I recently found an Finnish Tech-magazines “Tekniikan Maailma” issue 20/1982 that had an Atari 400 preview. The Atari 400 was imported to Finland by company called “Sivenin Koneliike Oy, Höyläämötie 3, Helsinki“. The same issue had ad for ATARI 2600 gaming console as well.

I’ve tried to search about the company but only could find references to it till 1977, then, nothing. I hope the Atari 800 was reviewed also by the magazine. I know 800XL was of cos but that’s an another story all together.

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Some prices from 1982:
-Atari 400 / 3390 fim
-Atari 800 / 7360 fim
-Powersupply / 155 fim
-Basic-ROM cardridge / 800 fim

The Atari 800XL was sold in quantities and more material about it is available. Atari itself wasn’t
the most popular 8-bit computer over here. I am not sure why, possibly the retailers didn’t carry as much software for them, or as i assume, the pirated software wasn’t available so easily as for Commodore 64 specially. “Everybody had 64”. That’s what Commodore 64 was called, just “64”. Everybody knew what it was referred to. It was kind of sad situation if somebody had anything else than “Commodore 64”. You were pretty much alone.

So, while waiting the 800 to be delivered to me, i ordered SD-card reader “SIO2SD” for it from http://www.lotharek.pl. The SIO2SD -supports few different disk/rom-image formats as of ATR (rw), XFD (ro) and COM/XEX (ro). It have 16×2 LCD display which allows you to walk thru the catalog tree and choose files to load. I only recently noticed that the unit supports on-screen menu as well, it just reguired one file dropped to the SD-card and some configuration to the device itself and you could choose the files from the screen using joystick or keyboard. NEAT! This is what i was after for. The device came with the SIO-cable but i didn’t opt for the SD-card itself. I have those plenty of & images are readily available if you look (hint: TOSEC).

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Also picked up an video cable from ebay. Those are cheap and easy to get. This should provide better picture and audio quality. Works on most if not all, Atari 8-bit computers.

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Usage & thoughts:

The 800 does sound more like MSX than C64, but in more clear, MIDI kind of way. I might be objective but i do like SID bit more. It’s more rough so to speak. But, the 800 does sound GOOD. Of cos there’s no comparing to Apple II.. there’s no.. sound per say, expect Mockingboard.

Graphics, the Atari 800 is fast and hey, the spites (player/missile) are just MUST HAVE just like in Commodore 64, the sprites. MSX-graphics reminds me of Spectrum a lot even they are far better (IMO). I’ve never been too much into Spectrum’s for some reason. Those MSX-module games released by Konami were stunning in every aspect however, expensive however. They had the real coin-up feeling on them compared to any other game i’ve played. But..i m not an MSX-expert (currently do not have any working MSX computers in my collection).

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..and of cos this happens:
After a week i got the original ATARI 800, i was able to find a fully boxed set of ATARI 800XL with 1010 casette drive, 1027 printer, and even boxed Atari 2600 joystick, few boxed Atarisoft cartridges and casette games among other things even with original receipt from 1985. I had an idea to get one 800XL later, someday, in the future for sure but this was too good of a possilibity to walk by.

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The unit was in great shape, not ANY yellowing and even the protective sticker in top of the logo badge and even the module port itself. Very nice!

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Also picked an boxed Atari 1050 floppy drive right after to make the set more complete. It’s with UK power supply but those adapters are easy to get and the electrical current is the same.

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So, i’ve replaced the 800XL as my main ATARI for now, as 800XL is easier to replace than the classic (and specially PAL version of it) original 800 (PAL).

LET’S ATARI! (no booo! atari from me)

(C) FinApple 2017
Apple ][ forever

LINKS:
Podcast
: Antic-The Atari 8bit Podcast by Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, Brad Arnold
http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/
Forums: http://Atariage.com
Facebook group : Atari 8-bit Computers

Quick: DarkSound by ByteBoosters

The Apple IIgshave GREAT audio capabilities with it’s Ensoniq 5503 DOC – chip but there’s no connectors in the logic board for stereo output for speakers. So the DarkSound-card resolves that problem with simple, single board with connector to the logic board itself taking the signal and outputs it to external speakers/headphones or amplifier in Stereo.

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The pin settings in the card you can use are as of:
*HIGH – for non-amplifed speakers (direct 8ohm, 1.5mm plug)
*LOW – for headphones or amplified speakers (1.5mm plug)
*LINE – for external aplifer / home stereo-system (3.5mm plug)

The card itself is not slot dependent, as you can install it to any slot and it will maintain the internal slot/port settings.

It also features as digizer as it have input for the signal to be digized with software.

darksoundbybyteboostersappleiigsstereocard_smallTHE PACKAGE COMES WITH:
-The board itself with adapter cable connected (to logic board)
-Stereo adapter (1.5 mm -> 3.5 mm stereo)
-Extension cable (1.5mm male to female)
-Printed installation and user instructions

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Connector attached to logic board . It’s a bit tight fight with the Apple IIgs 8MBRAM/ROM-card (a2heaven.com) but it did fit there just barely however.

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Bit tight but fits.

oma_kaiuttimetI attached the card to crappy-old-Creative 2.0 speakers but they work just ok for time being.

ByteBoosters also produce other products for Apple IIGS. Available is also 4MB and 8MB RAM-expansion cards. Both are tiny and very reasonably priced.

WHERE TO BUY?:
DarkSound IIGS
https://console5.com/store/darksound-apple-iigs-stereo-sound-card-and-digitizer-w-amplifier-line-out-2gs.html

8MB DarkRam IIGS
https://console5.com/store/byteboosters-8mb-darkram-apple-iigs-memory-expansion-card-2gs.html

4MB RAM-expansion IIGS
https://console5.com/store/byteboosters-4mb-xlp-apple-iigs-memory-expansion-board-2gs.html

(C) FinApple 2017.

 

Sega SG-1000 & Colecovision on your Apple //e ?

SEGA SG-1000:

 

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Was the very first video-gaming console released by SEGA in 1983.
Running with Zilog’s Z80 3.58MHz with amazing 1kB of RAM and 2kB of VRAM and capable of displaying up to 16 colors.

 

COLECOVISION:

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Was Coleco Industries’s second generation home video-game console released in August 1982.
Running with Zilog’s Z80A at 3.58MHZ

So what is this “CP/M Turbo 7 with VDP-1000 Plus”-combo then?

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Ian Kim of Apple2.net from South Korea have made very interesting board-add-on to his previously released, CP/M Turbo 7-card. It’s called “VDP-1000 Plus” wich is an VDP-option board which you can add to your CP/M Turbo 7-card. If you add it later, it requires some soldering or if you buy them together as a kit, they come completely ready product.

Basicly it allows running SEGA SG-1000 and Colecovision games on your Apple //e at 2MHz.
Both of those systems were Z80 based (and this opens interesting thoughts..) so the add-on card CP/M Turbo 7 acts as an processor for those two systems and the VPD-1000 Plus-add-on works as video generator for both. Currently they sell about 160 dollars + shipping at Ian’s Webpage (see link in the end) as a combo.

Explanations from Ian Kim:

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CPLD chip have logic circuits to act as the SG1000 and Colecovision same I/O address decoders for Joypad, TMS9918 and SN76489. TMS9918 require 1bit DRAM 8pcs but, 1bit 16Kb DRAM is rare andmore it required negative voltage so, changed non negative DRAM but,
finally I decided to use 8bits one SRAM. it is much easier to find hence, the circuits should be much different than original.  Finally I’ve used one 9bit 32K SRAM. it is still oversize but cheap and one SRAM required. Three latch used and one Not chip. It were used to split data I/O and Address.

Sound generator chip is SN76489 which is used by SG1000 and Colecovision. it have three tones and one noise and it has some strange behavior it made sound after power ON not accessed but it generating noise maybe it is too much small to put reset function.

So, when I apply this sound chip and power ON the APPLE II, it start making annoying noise as beep… so, I must OFF this so used switch. Now, It is ON when the board start to work. Also Video output can be switched from APPLE II and VDP side. It active when  data come to VDP address.

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So how it all fits in yer Apple //e then?

04_all_cards_assembled_sInstallation : you install the both cards together and then put the combined cards in SLOT #1. There’s the joystick connector you need to connect, and video signal you take to the internal video connector on the Apple //e motherboard as well the audio+video cables (red and white rca-type) you need to connect to your monitor for video and audio output.

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Internal video cable connection to motherboard:

05_installed_sInstalled.

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Set up of speed Z80-card to 2mhz “normal” otherwise the SEGA or Colecovision-modes are not working.

 

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Set up of system VPD-mode, choose which mode you wish to use (from the VPD-card). “SEGA” or “COLV”.

So, how you use it?

The card came with links to few disk images (.nib and .hdv) that contain the basic bootup (ProDOS) software you need to boot first from. I used the .hdv file (hdd image) with Apple //e Enhanced NTSC with CFFA3000. At boot you need to choose wich system you are using:

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1. SEGA SG-1000
2. COLECOVISION

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And after choosing it lists you the rom files that are included – or you have transfered to the disk image yourself. It asks what ROM-file you want to load up, and after you type the filename, it loads it up. The software itself is very simple basic program so you can modify it at will.

Then you’re, with luck, good to go!

 

It works! It works!

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H.E.R:O. (Activision) running with SEGA SG-1000-mode:
https://youtu.be/ecZ9xUZzejg

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Lode Runner (Broderbund) running with SEGA SG-1000-mode:
https://youtu.be/__5Yh0QvcKA

And one more gameplay video:
https://youtu.be/bODOZRQZq8w

Some games do not work, some games freeze or are too slow due the 2MHz mode the emulation works. There’s however coming an upgraded CP/M Z80-card wich should fix these issues with speed. Audio works great on those rom-images i was tested playing with.

By no any means it’s perfect of 100% compatible with all titles, but it’s close and i see lots of fun with these kinds of projects! Maybe the upgrade of the CP/M Turbo 7 card to faster speeds will make difference?

 

Afterwords .. and more:

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There’s a “APMSX” (AppleMSX) -card in development wich is an standalone card which emulates the MSX (Z80) and allows playing (some) MSX-games on your Apple //e. There’s also possibility of MSX2 (!) card coming after the MSX-card is released. This picture is static rom file loaded up with the card, it does not support the keyboard so it’s not usefull as of yet.

msxcard
EARLY APMSX development/prototype-card from Ian’s webpage.

This is SUPER interesting implementation for the Apple //e for sure, i personally can not wait for the MSX/2 card to be released!

This is absolutely one of the most interesting cards and ideas for long time in Apple ][-community!

We truly live the golden-age of the Apple ][.

LINKS:
Ian Kim : http://apple2.net
CP/M Turbo 7 and VPD : http://quick09.tistory.com/1376
User manual : http://quick09.tistory.com/attachment/cfile9.uf@245A6F405957414B121465.pdf
SEGA SG-1000 : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SG-1000
Colecovision : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ColecoVision

(C) FinApple 2017 & Apple ][ forever!

Apple ][ & internet surfing?

Yes, it’s possible, even it really doesn’t much make sense. All you need is, Apple //e + Uthernet II-network card + Contiki (version 2.7 with support for Uthernet II). It’s surely primitive, you can basicly browse pages in text but what you can expect from a computer with 6502@1MHZ,  still, it’s great feeling when it does work. You can use an accelerator if you wish, it does make an difference here, greatly.

My setup was:
cards_s– FASTchip //e – Slot #1
– Uthernet II – Slot #3
– Mouse card – Slot #4
– Disk II interface – Slot #5 & Disk ][-drive
– Disk interface card – Slot #6 & Floppyemu

Setup is very easy. Just boot the first diskimage containing the Contiki v2.7 and use the setup provided.

menu_1Choose -> ETHCONFI.SYSTEM

menu_2
To choose what type of card you have, choose “2” Uthernet II in this case and then
choose the slot (1-7) where your card is installed, in this case, i choose “3”

Choose -> IPCONFIG.SYSTEM
From main menu to setup your network settings as they are in your network enviroment.

Choose -> WEBBROWS.SYSTEM
To load up the browser itself.

apple-iie-uthernet-ii-internet-browser_s
To use the actual browser. It’s text based, and you only have options : BACK, DOWN, STOP, GO
But it does work. Obiously you can’t log in twitter, facebook or such which would need secure connections, certificates or use of Java, flash or anything too modern. Basicly you have web-browser like LYNX.

If you have the mousecard installed, you can use it to point options on screen. Obiously there’s no pictures loaded up.

With FASTchip //e @16.6mhz the loading and browsing is f-a-s-t compared to stock 1mhz obiously. It’s quite useable. Only wish there would be more webpages designed for text-only in mind 🙂

With Contiki there’s lots of other options as well but there i wont get into here. I did run website with //e just for the fun of it (basic html page) thanks to great video podcast episode of Chris Torrence -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfbVDof-nLw

Download latest Contiki:
https://github.com/oliverschmidt/contiki/releases
-The zip contains 3x140KB .dsk images and 1x800KB disk image.

Have FUN and see you online!

FinApple 2017

FASTchip //e by a2heaven.coma2heaven_logo