Category Archives: Apple //e

Apple //e 65C02 and Pioneer bubbles!

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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:

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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..

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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.

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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

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The ROM’s seems to be custom made eproms.

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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.

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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

Installed cards:
-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 

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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).

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Pioneer PZI-100 Micro B.C.U./O.C.I.-card 

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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.

Apple //e : “Early PAL”

I was looking for suitable Apple //e with atleast: case, lid, bottompan and keyboard for the Apple //e->IIgs upgrade project.. and this one was offered to me and the first pictures looked that it was really reasonably clean and nice non enhanced //e. Perfect candidate for the hack!

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After receiving more pictures of it, it was clearly notiseable that it was “early model” with similar case used with Apple II/II+’s, that is totally different material and the good thing with it is that it doesn’t yellow. So no retr0bright process is needed. I had one of these early //e’s before but that was North American NTSC model. I never had or seen these early PAL models before so i got more interested. I actually never thought there were this “early” PAL model been manufactured in Europe but when you think of it surely they must have. I don’t know why but it had flied under my radar the whole matter. Glad to realize and learn new things.

I received the unit after a week and cleaned it up, took closer look of it and did some repair work as it was needed to get it running.

THE CASE:

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Early model vs. later //e cases.

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from top.

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from side

 

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from backside

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These painted II+ styled cases are nice as they do not yellow. So it was easy to just put the unit in parts and washed the case, the lid and the bottompan. Notised it had stamped date inside of the case when it was made: “JUN 30 1982”.

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Serial label from the bottompan. Not the missing A2S2064 T – model number as it appeared soon after. Also the label had it’s own code 825-0472-A.

THE MOTHERBOARD:

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There were quite a bit rust on the screws that held the case and the motherboard in the basepan. I used some Coca-Cola to remove the rust, it worked somehow. Also the connectors on back were quite rusty a well, specially the paddle/joystick port and video output. The fiberglass pen is good tool for removing surface rust so i used that (it’s good idea to use respirator).

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The result was quite good actually.

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The board revision : 820-0073-A | B-607-0664 (C) 1982.

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That had Color killer switch soldered to vacant oscillator position on PCB. All chips are socketed. I had never seen this early version before.

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The date on it was “1083” (10th week of 1983, March 7-13,1983). 

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..and stamped date of “R8308” so it’s even earlier than what’s those dates would indicate at wiki, if they mean the week they started to implement those changes?

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There’s also a signature and some number where the an another label with numbers should be.

wiki:
Early : week 26 1983: 820-0073-A (c) 1982 / B-607-0664 Color killer switch soldered to vacant oscillator position on PCB. 
Normal : week 38 1983: 820-0073-B (c) 1982 / B-607-0264 Color killer switch near RHS of PCB. All chips socketed. 
65C02 : week 07 1985: 820-0073   (c) 1984 / B-607-0264 PCB marked for enhanced ROMs & 65C02 (may have old ROMs and 6502). RAM & some TTL soldered in. Layout same as above. 

week 38 1983: 820-0073-B (c) 1982 / B-607-0264 Color killer switch near RHS of PCB. All chips socketed.
-I have few of these revisions but mine doesn’t have ALL chips socketed. Only few sockets.

There were also the Platinum model made in Ireland with “International NTSC”-board on it (these are from my collection):

Platinum : week ?? 1986: 820-0188-C (c) 1986 / 607-0288-C / 8653
Platinum : week ?? 1988: 820-0188-E (c) 1986/87 607-0288-D / 8820
Platinum : week ?? 1988: 820-0188-E (c) 1986/87  / S-607-288-D / 8809

There isn’t any information actually, WHEN, they started the production of the Apple //e in Ireland. This would be really interesting to know. What day/week in 1983 ?

Fixing and diagnostics the board:

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Some repairing was needed as it would not power up without giving vertical white bars on screen at first. I swapped first chip-by-chip starting from CPU, IOU and MMU but it didn’t make any difference.

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Next i swapped the EF-ROM chip (to date code: “8325”) and i got rid of the vertical bars but got screen full of random characters instead. That would usually indicate the board having issue with the RAM chips but i could not figure out what chip at what location was actually bad so i installed the “Apple //e Diagnostic card” and fired that away.

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Apple //e Diagnostic card:

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It showed that it had error at board location: F09, that’s RAM chip location, so i replaced that.  It’s nice to have such board with all chips socketed.. but no change!  Ah!.. it assumes the NTSC board layout?! I compared to NTSC and PAL board chip locations and realized: F09 = F06 in PAL board. Tried again and got error in board location F12. There’s NO RAM in F12 location in PAL board but comparing the NTSC board again, F12 = F09 in PAL board. I got an another RAM chip and swapped that and everything worked fine.

PROCESSOR:

The main processor was supposed to be regular 6502 but it was clearly replaced with R65C02P3 (450-13 8439). Swapped this to regular 6502 from date code “8309” so it was period perfect fit for the manufacturing date era.

ROM-CHIPS:

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The Keyboard ROM : 341-0152 REV.A Apple 82 (eprom)
Video ROM : 341-0162 REV.B Apple 82 (eprom)
EF ROM : 342-0134-A Apple 82 ( > swapped to 342-0134-A “8325” Apple 1982)
CD ROM : 342-0135-A Apple 82 “8313”

So all look period perfect for this unit been made in early 1983. If i’d aim for more accuracy i would swap the EF-ROM “8325” bit earlier one from 1983 but that was what i had available.

THE KEYBOARD:

Few of the switches got easily stuck so i cleaned it with electronics cleaner spray and tried to twiggle and press repeatly the switches to get them working. The keyboard was the regular //e keyboard and there is the switch underneath the case for switching the character sets. What made me wonder, when the //e was released they used different keyboard in the beginning, atleast in North America. That keyboard had white letters and looked quite different to this common, later model. I have not however seen any early PAL model keyboards so i am not certain if there were this earlier style keyboard used in Ireland. 

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The keyboard PCB was clearly different than the later one. The traces were much thinner. Maybe just different keyboard manufacturer.

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After cleaning it up i tested the keyboard. The keys “7” and “Open Apple” had issues even all traces seem to be OK – checked that with multimeter. The “7” occationally get’s stuck so hopefully more cleaning and pressing the switch will resolve that matter but for the “Open Apple”, it was all dead. So i swapped the switch (luckily i had one spare left) for it and it worked.

The Keyboard ROM : 341-0152 (REV.A Apple 82) did give me correct versions, Swedish/Finnish and English characters when flipped the switch underneath the keyboard. That was nice it was all original and working.

 

THE POWERSUPPLY:

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The powersupply was the regular, short, gold colored, Astec AA 11040C, 230v 50Hz 0.5 Amp model. Opened it and it looked clean and no caps leaking or bulging. I made the initial testing first with good known recapped //e (longer model) powersupply and tested the original one later. I should have either recapped it or removed the RIFA’s from it.. but this ones goes to collection not for daily use.

DETAILS:
(i like details collected, so this is mainly for safekeeping this information)

Case serial : A2AS2-100190 (Assembled in Ireland)
Case date : JUN 30 1982
Powersupply : Astec AA 11040C, 230v 50Hz 0.5 Amp
Board code : 820-0073-A | B-607-0664 (C) 1982
Board date code : 1083
Keyboard ROM : 341-0152 (REV.A Apple 82)
Video ROM : 341-0162 (REV.B Apple 82)
EF ROM : 342-0134-A (Apple 82) > broken > swapped to 342-0134-A “8325” Apple 1982
CD ROM : 342-0135-A (Apple 82) “8313”
CPU : R65C02P3 (450-13 “8439”)  (>swapped to 6502 “8309”)

Cards : 
-Disk II card (Apple, Made in Ireland)
-Apple //e 80col-64k card (Apple 1985, 607-0103-I)
-Printer Interface card (Taiwanese clone)

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I swapped in an earlier model of the 64k/80-col card : 607-0103-I/820-0067-C (1985) to 607-0103-E/820-0067-B (1981) so it looks more period perfect.

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All done.

What about my “//e->IIgs upgrade hack project” then? .. looks like this is all too good unit to be sacrificed for the IIe>IIgs upgrade hack project so it goes to my collection directly.. so need to find an another //e for this.

 

FinApple 2019 (c)
Apple //e Forever.

 

LINKS:
http://wiki.apple2.org/index.php?title=CSA2_Part_1
http://www.hackzapple.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=8952&sid=ce5e21e35de0066c985d114abc3d14d0
https://www.mac-history.net/apple-history-2/apple-ii/2008-05-25/apple-iii-nd-apple-iie
https://www.applefritter.com/content/apple-iie-serial-number-variations
http://www.harrowalsh.de/APPLEBOX/APPLE2/appleboxkeypage.htm

 

Apple //e Platinum International edition? (Part II)

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I was able to obtain this model that i had wanted ever since i became aware of such model had been made, but it was very hard to find. Luckily was able to get one from Sweden where it seem to have been more common than over here in Finland. Not actually even sure if it was sold here at all, most likely not. It came also with SWE/FIN-keyboard that is very nice and proves it was indeed localized as well!

A2S2080 S Platinum:

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-A2S2080 S Sverige Platinum 
-International NTSC-board
-Board codes: S-607-288-D/820-0188-E 1986/1987
-220-240v Powersupply (699-0161-A) 240v, 50Hz, 0.5A, 70W
-Swedish/Finnish-keyboard layout (& switch).
-Video ROM: 341-0111-A ’85/86
-Keyboard ROM: 341-0110-A ’82,’85/86
-CPU 338-6503 (11453-27) “65C02”
-Board date: 8809
-Serial : 2A2S2-928023 (Ireland)

I have also just the board that i got earlier from Sweden, but it might be broken as well missing the CPU:
-International NTSC-board : B 607-0288-D/840-0188-E 1986/87
-Video ROM: EPROM
-Keyboard ROM: 342-0150-A 
-CF ROM : 342-0349-B 
-Board date : 8820

And one other Apple //e “65C02” that have “International NTSC”-board inside:
-Board :  Apple //e International NTSC 1986(c)
-Board codes  : B-607-0288-C / 820-0188-C
-Video ROM : 341-0328 Apple ’85 8502
-Keyboard ROM : 341-0325 Apple ’84 8502
-Board date  : 8653


Differences?

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From left: Apple //e 65c02 PAL , Apple //e Platinum “International NTSC” , Apple //e Platinum (USA)

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From top: 
Apple //e platinum (USA) , Apple //e Platinum “international ntsc”, Apple //e 65c02 PAL

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INTERNATIONAL NTSC – uses the PAL IOU to get 50Hz, but the video signal is a 50Hz NTSC rather than PAL.

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Board codes:

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Dates:

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Powersupply:

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Serial number:

Elsewhere?

So far i know these were sold in Europe in various countries as well in Australia but very few of them seem to pop out in public or the internet for some reason. It would be interesting to learn the history of these hybrid-machines as well  reasoning for the choise of different case and parts and not creating an similar product as in the States.


LINKS:
http://appleclub.pl/index.php/en/2018/04/18/apple-iie-european-platinum-2/
http://www.arcadecomponents.com/f/Apple_Chips.txt

 

FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple II Forever.

Titan Accelerator IIe

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“The Accelerator //e was released in 1984 by Titan Technologies (formerly Saturn Systems) and was an upgraded version of the original Saturn Accelerator, in response to the introduction of the Apple //e. The card maintained the 64 KB of RAM of the original card and added the newer 65c02 microprocessor. This card solved the Auxiliary RAM incompatibility problem of the older card, however it did not speed up this second bank of RAM which was common on the Apple //e”.

Platform: Apple II, Apple II Plus, Apple //e
Form Factor: 50-pin slot card
Speed: 3.58 MHz
Cache: 64 KB on board RAM + 16 KB shadow ROM
DMA compatible: No
Upgradeable: No
CPU : 65C02 4MHz / mine had: R65C02P4 II450-I4 8715

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This card came to my posession with the Apple //e 65C02 “International NTSC” -board set i got earlier this year. That set was used in some old book printing house so no wonder they might have neeed some extra CPU power. Finding accelerators in Apple II’s over here is not exatly common.

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Backside:

Setup:

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In Apple II or //e you can install the card in Slot 0. Replaces possible Language 16k-card. with //e any slot works out but suggested slot is 3. There’s DIP-switches for adjusting the slot settings, time sensitive: “FAST or SLOW”.

Using:

When installed, the accelerated speed is now activated in all applications. For the 1MHz usage, use preboot disk and choose “slow down” option before booting the software disk. With CP/M card installed the Accelerator //e wont accelerate these programs. Note: Some older software might not run with 65c02 processor.

Thoughts?

The card does what it should do, accelerate the processes nicely, but the ease of use is not up to date naturally. Using preboot disk to use the regular, 1MHz, speed is kind of annoying. Depending of your needs however, if you want vintage, old skool experience then it’s quite fine. But for modern everyday usage, there is other cards that do this easier. It’s matter of personal preference i guess.

LINKS:
Testing against other Apple II 8bit accelerators results:
https://wiki.reactivemicro.com/Accelerator_Speeds

 

FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple II Forever.

Ramworks III: VGA add-on extender (PAL/NTSC):

This is an VGA add-on extender adapter for the Ramworks III (by Applied Engineering, or clones like Ramworks IIII by Reactivemicro) and with Apple //e, it generates VGA-compatible, 720×480 pixels, video signal. This new version supports both NTSC and PAL Apple //e-versions. 

The location for the AUX-slot in NTSC and PAL Apple //e models is different:
-NTSC model the AUX-slot is in left bottom side of the board (from keyboard) 
-PAL models it’s closer to middle of the board alligned with Slot 3.

Using this adapter you can save one slot in NTSC-models compared to using product like “Apple II VGA Scaler” also by a2heaven.com or upcoming VidHDMI but with PAL-models the AUX-slot is however alligned with Slot 3 that can’t be then used sametime as Ramworks III-card is long enough to block the slot.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

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-Apple //e-VGA add-on extender board
-Push button with cables to switch video modes 
-Extension able with DB15HD-connector
-Manual can be downloaded from a2heaven.com site.

 

TECHNOLOGY:
from manual at a2heaven.com

RW3VGA-uses 2 LSI devices, a CPLD and 256k x 16 static RAM. The CPLD is configured as a scan line doubler, in that it stores the video information from the Apple //e (15Khz) frame by frame and the outputs the video as VGA 720x 480 (shows as 640×480 in some VGA-monitors) at 31Khz. The 256k x 16 static RAM is used as video frame buffer.

Setting the default mode:
You can set the default video mode using rotary selector on RW3VGA-board. The selected number is set default mode on power-up. It’s preset to “1” that is Color VGA (no scan lines).

SUPPORTED APPLE //e VIDEO MODES:

-40 and 80 columns text, with 24 lines 
-Low-Resolution: 40 × 48 (15 colours) 
-High-Resolution: 280 × 192 (6 colours)  
-Double-Low-Resolution: 80 × 48 (15 colours) 
-Double-High-Resolution: 560 × 192 (2 colours) 

COLOUR MODES:
1 – Colour
2 – Colour Alternative
3 – Shades of Green
4 – Shades of White
5 – Mono – Green
6 – Mono – White
7 – Mono – Amber
8 – Mono – Green (Bold)
9 – Mono – White (Bold)
10 – Mono – Amber (Bold)

Different color models in a running demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t5Vbto9Wf0

INSTALLATION:

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It is very easy to install, just be carefull when instaling the add-on board to your RamWorks III or IIII-card, there’s lots of pins and they should not be bent. Also attach the push-button with the cable to the card’s connector. You can route the wire thru the ventilation holes in the Apple //e’s sides outside.

There’s two different ways to get the video signal out of the adapter:

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1) The adapter’s built-in VGA connector where you can attach the VGA-cable directly (but usually the regular VGA-cable wont fit inside the openings in the back of the //e). Or you can use adapter of somesort, VGA-cable-VGA to get the signal outside of the case – or like i once did, used VGA>ethernet adapter and cable (it worked amazingly well).

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2) Use the small connector and provided cable-adapter to get the signal out of the case. 

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And getting the connector out of the enclousure (would need some work to make it prettier).

So how does all those modes look like?

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Galaxian:

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Donkey Kong:

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Apple II DeskTop:

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Apple II DeskTop:

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Apple II DeskTop:

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Closer look at 80col mode/AppleWorks:

Thoughts?

I’ve been using the earlier revision of this adapter (NTSC) for few years now without any problems. It gives really nice and sharp picture to your VGA-monitor. I’ve used small 4:3 Sony (15″) and 4:3 Lenovo (19″) and both have worked flawlessly. The difference between composite output and VGA naturally is remarkable and with this adapter, you can choose the color-modes as you please with the push button. 

The 80columns mode is best used with any of the bold modes, the text is more readable that way.

The only annoyance with PAL Apple //e is however the fact that the Ramworks III card is so long it does block the slot 3 from being used. This is not the case with the NTSC model where the AUX-slot is located in the left bottom corner of the board.

What else could be asked for? VGA-monitors are still easily available in various sizes and shapes, but it’s a fact that many new, modern displays are lacking VGA or even DVI-connectors these days.

There is, when writing this in November 2018, a HDMI-card from John Brooks coming very soon. So there’s more options out there.

 

 

 

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Ramworks III VGA add-on extender is available from https://www.a2heaven.com/webshop 
for $85.00 with free shipping everywhere.

 

 

FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple II Forever.

 

Go see the doctor! – Apple //e Diagnostic Card:

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The original card: (821-0188 Rev.A, Rev.B) (picture: asimov)

The card was used by service technicians to make diagnostic on Apple //e systems.  It contained a diagnostic program in Eproms and was able to find many basic hardware problem in the Apple //e. It was ment to be used by service technicians and it wasn’t publicly sold, therefore it’s naturally very rare.

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New clone card: (821-0188 Rev.B)

This is close to 100% clone of the original Apple //e diagnostic card made by Jay Graham with help of the retro computer community and introduced at KansasFest 2018.

Other (Apple internal) similar cards:

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A2e Functional test card (1982)(SKA011-01) (picture: a2central.com)

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A2e Slot tester card (1982)(SKA012-01) (picture: a2central.com)

How to use the Diagnostic card?

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Insert to any slot. The card by original design, on purpose, is too tall, so the lid can’t be closed. Push the red switch away from the keyboard to activate the ROM and start the unit. When turned on it tests the CPU and ROM’s (D8,D10) right away and you can see results on screen.

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From the menu you can run different hardware releated tests and get error messages if something fails.

(P) Processor test
(R) Read only Memory Test
– Are both executed when powering up the system and result can be read from bottom of the menu screen. Here those tests can be re-run if needed.

(M) Random Access Memory Test
-Each RAM of the board are been tested. The screen clears and alternates three times between two graphics pages and then screen alternates then times between a graphcs page and a black page, $D000-$FFFF. If an error occurs, it shows the location of the chip.

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(C) Character Set Test
-Shows all (four sets of) characters on screen.

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(K) Keyboard test
-Shows the keyboard on screen and by pressing each key, you can test the operational status of the each key (US-layout).

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(V) Video Test
-High and Low resolution graphics are tested. Low Resolution test alternates two identical “lores” graphics  pages that have different message on bottom. The graphics should stay constant regardless of the displayed message. High Resolution is similar expect “1” or “2” alternates in the upper left corner of the grid.

(L) Loop ROM RAM and processor test
-This is continuous test of three first tests, ROM, RAM, Processor.

(S) Speaker test
-Plays five tones incrementing from low to high.

Usefull card for testing your just found Apple //e pile of computers or parts. Those other diagnostic cards look very interesting, SlotTest and FuncTest but those are even more rare. Haven’t heard anything them being cloned or taken apart.

FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple II Forever.

Apple //e keyboard repairs:

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Got this Apple //e (on right) among other things from Sweden last year. All of them had some issues, this //e had broken keyswitch and the cap had gone missing so it needed repairing. Otherwise it was fully working so i went ahead and desided to fix it up. I had never actually replaced a switch before so it was nice to get such work done as i had the tools for it.

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Before starting to repair the switch, i did general cleanup and dusting around and washing the keycaps. Sauna is great place to dry them up 🙂

Thanks to Eduardo in Canada, i got the switch and the keycap so i could start the repairs. The repair would be quite simple, if you’ve soldered before. Just desolder the broken switch and replace it with the working one. If you want information how to do it, you can watch the great repair video by Charles Mangin at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhXmUHXh4yc . I watched this as well before doing anything, just in case. 

Tools needed:
-Desoldering iron station, wick or pump.
-Soldering iron and solder.
-Pliers for removing the switch.
-Multimeter for testing continuity afterwards (optional).

Reparing:
Desoldering:
Depeding of your tools and experience, it’s either super easy and quick or annoyingly slow and messy. That’s why i got the Desoldering iron station. With it, it takes only seconds to remove soldering.

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Replacing the switch:
When the solderjoints are desoldered, the old switch should be removed easily. Using pliers it comes out easily.

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Soldering the new switch:
Insert new switch and solder the joints.

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Checking the soldering joins:
If you have multimeter set it to continuity and test the connections between the newly soldered joint and  next join in same line.

 

Other observations:

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-Board model : 920-0073-B // B-607-0264-F
-Board date : 8449
-CPU R6502-40
-All ROM’s are UK non-enhanced //e
-Video ROM : 342-0160-A
-CDROM : 342-0135-B
-EFROM : 342-0134-B

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Regular European Apple //e Assembled in Ireland.

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Oddly this have the switch underneath the keyboard! Usually that would indicate the unit was ment for market area where they had other languages than english, i.e. Nordics or Belenux-countries. With the switch you could swap the keyboard layout i.e. from SWE/FIN to ENG. So this might be just an unit with some swapped parts to get one working one.

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All done.

 

FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple II Forever.

 

 

Apple //e 65C02 > International NTSC

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Obtained this setup from a friend as a trade. It had served it’s life in book printing house in Tampere for long period of time. I saw few floppies they had used in production (too bad i did not get those) from early 1992.

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I believe it was originally regular 65C02 (“Enhanced”, as it’s called english-speaking countries”) model but was upgraded to “International NTSC”-board with Titan Acceletor IIe-card (the original 65C02 processor was removed from the board). The original board might have broken and they replaced it with new and only new board available might have been the “International NTSC” at at time. Maybe. Who knows. I’ve never seen these boards in any machines over here, nor the “Euro Platinum – as they are often referred” (the term however is not completely correct as so far i know of these were sold atleast in Australia as well). 

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The case had model number that was regular A2S2064_-serie, assembled in Ireland.

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I was specially happy to get (original, used in Finland) Titan Accelerator IIe-card with this setup! Apple II accelerators were not very common over here at all. As well it was nice to obtain an another nice duodisk-drive.

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GSP Graphix Design station-interface card:

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Somesort of a dongle-card? It’s perfectly sealed in metal casing. No way opening it up, it’s also quite heavy for it’s size.

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Dongle/ROM-card are pretty useless on their own, but maybe someday they come in handy, worth saving up.

Saving local history.

The setup was as follows:

Apple IIe “65c02″/”Enhanced”>International NTSC
-Platinum board: “International NTSC 1986(C)”
-Apple Monitor II & video cable
-Apple Duodisk-drive & cable
-Apple Disk controller-card
-Titan Accelerator IIe-card
-GSP Graphix Design Station-interface card
-Dongle/ROM-card for the Graphix Design Station
-Apple 80col/64k-card

The board & ROM’s:

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-Video ROM : 341-0328 Apple ’85 8502
-Keyboard ROM : 341-0325 Apple ’84 8502
-Board :  Apple //e International NTSC 1986(c)
-Board code  : B-607-0288-C / 820-0188-C
-Board date  : 8653

I was very happy to add this to my collection of Finnish Apple II history.

FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple II Forever.

A peeled Apple IIe

Finally got around framing this cool Apple IIe poster. “A peeled Apple IIe”. It seems to be from Australia, so far i could find the “Kurrawood Computers” was located in NSW, Australia. It’s not in perfect condition, but when placed under the glass it does look good.

It’s good addition to my mancave/work-room wall.

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FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple ][ forever.

 

WiModem232 w/OLED

What and Why? BBS’s and modems in 2018?

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WiModem232 with oled-display / www.cbmstuff.com

From cbmstuff.com:

  • WiModem232 is an internet modem for (any) computer with RS232 interface port that
    emulates Hayes compatible modem. Plugging the WiModem232 to the serial port and you
    can connect to BBS’s anywhere, in 2018.
  • The WiModem232 requires access to your local router and supports easy WIFI-setup inc.
    WPS one-button setup.
  • Firmware updates are done using simple command that fetches the lastest firmware from the cmbstuff.com server and updates the WiModem232 without even having to remove the WiModem232 from your computer.
  • WiModem232 supports 300 to 115200 baud.
  • This model have 128×64 pixel OLED screen.
  • Requires external 5v power using Mini-B type USB-connector.
  • WiModem232 controlls all standard RS-232 lines: Rx, Tx, RTS, CTS, DSR, DTR, DCD and RI.
    So you can run your own BBS!

Using the WiModem232:

I haven’t used modems since late 80’s (calling to BBS’s) so this was all “new” to me again. I had no idea what to do really, so it was all learning from almost zero to me again. I had a huntch of cause…

So i started with buying an DB25-DB25 -cable that i connected to the WiModem232 and Apple’s own Super Serial Card II. The WiModem232 would benefit from a enclosure but right now there is no such thing available. The cbmstuff.com does have it coming (you can print/get it printed yourself) however.

I tried using different versions of ProTerm but for time being, i could make the ProTerm v1.9p working only.

Super Serial Card II -settings (thanks to Jeremy Apple@a80sappleiibbs)
-Block facing to MODEM (Jemery’s setup was facing to “Terminal”, but i could only get it working like this)
DIP-switches:
#1 OFF,ON,OFF,ON,OFF,OFF,OFF
#2 ON,ON,ON,ON,OFF,OFF,OFF
(you can check your SSC-cards manual for the DIP-switch settings & details)

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 ProTerm v1.9p :
-Modem: Null modem Driver (RTS/CTS)
-Port: Apple Super Serial Card (Slot #2)
-300 Baud (for setup)

Basic commands :

ATI – that gives information from the device itself, good indication the connection is working. The WiModem232 display says “looking for router” untill the connection is been established.

AT*N – to see list of available wireless networks you have access to.

AT*SSID NETWORKNAME,PASSPHRASE – to connect your wireless network with passphrase. Connecting is possible with WPS as well if you choose to do so.

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connected

When connection was made i changed the connection type to TELNET with command:
AT*T1

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..and made connection to BBS with : ATDT a80sappleiibbs.ddns.net:6502

And voi’la. It worked.

There actually were a firmware update for the WiModem232 and it downloaded quite quick and worked fine. You can install updates with command AT*UPDATE.

Download the .pdf manual from cbmstuff.com website for more details.

Happy BBS’ing!

FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple ][ forever.