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Nu tittar vi närmare på Apple ///

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Found recently a Swedish microcomputer magazine issue, “Mikrodatorn – Nr. 3 April 1981”. It had preview/test of very early Apple /// with 96k. Those were imported to Sweden by Gylling System-Elektronik AB who later also published a lof of Apple II and /// Software and manuals translated to Swedish. I have few of those catalogs already (scanned at archive.org).

This short article is now scanned at:
https://archive.org/details/NuTittarViNarmarePaAppleIIIMikrodatornNr3April1981Swedish

Always looking to find more Nordic Apple II and /// material (software, hardware, manuals etc)!

FinApple 2019 (c)
Apple /// Forever.

 

My Nordic Apple ///

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One thing i’ve wanted to find for ages, but with such a little luck so far, was Apple /// that would have the localized keyboard (Swedish/Finnish) but those have been oddly difficult to find. Apple ///’s were not by far popular (business) computers in Nordics area and most ///’s seem to have have.. failed and recycled long long time ago.. 

In Sweden, they must have sold more ///’s than elsewhere in Nordics area as they did produce and translate software manuals in Swedish. I have few software packages that have Swedish manuals included in the package. This makes me wonder, what other products there might have been released?

But yes, patience is a virtue.. and i was finally able to find one! With the strike of luck i was able to locate one from Sweden and it was very kindly, shipped to me.

The case is in fairly good condition but naturally some yellowing is evident. There’s some sticker glue residue that should be easy to clean off as well one sticker that have fell off and reveals much lighter color beneath it. The Apple /// logo oddly seems to loose it’s color so often but it’s easy to repaint with silver paint pen.

..and with the ///’s, one should not expect to have stable unit.. very easily.

DETAILS AND SPECIFICATIONS:

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Bottom pan metal – “wavy” kind = early A2S1-era of models.

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Swedish/Finnish keyboard layout is quite different from the typical US model.

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Swedish/Finnish-layout:

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US-layout:

 

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Serial number: A3S1-020817
12v, 128k model originally according to the serial label. It looks like it’s been upgraded to 256k (markings)so the board would have been upgraded to 5v as well.

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Regular european power supply: PSU 220VAC | 50-60HZ | 0.5AMP
Should really replace the powersupply with universal powersupply from reactivemicro.

OPENING AND CLEANING:

Just basic cleaning to be done before testing.

I opened the case and removed things that actually can be removed. The Apple /// case is one heavy construction that weights about 12 KG when assembled. The only parts that come off easily are : the top case (plastic), keyboard cover (plastic) and the keyboard assembly itself, floppy drive, the main logig board (with the base pan attached) and the power supply (with base pan attached).

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The rest of it is the very heavy, one piece, casing that holds all these components. I don’t know what they were thinking when they designed this case – it makes so little sense to create such closed enclousure without basicly any ventilation holes anywhere. Not even for the power supply, expect in back, but if you have four cards installed… no holes anywhere. They might have been thinking passive cooling with the basicly one-piece heavy metallic enclosure but.. it just doesn’t work very well.

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Top case:
Removed the top case and cleaned it. Some label-off spray was good choise for removing the sticker glue residue. There were also one sticker that was obiously removed and underneath the plastic was lighter in color. Only Retr0brightning would solve that one if would retr0bright whole enclousure. It doesn’t bother me that much really. It is kind of mark of the past, lived life.

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The keyboard seems to be missing few screws underneath the case. Need to find replacements for those. Used some wipes and compressed air to get rid of all that dust and crust from the there. I was lazy at this point to actually wash the keycaps (will do so before putting it back together…). The spacebar seems to have some issues as it seems to lock down from left side easily. Need to investigate that mechanism how it works and give it good cleaning.

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Removed the board from the case and investigated it. It looked fine and normal. While it was removed, it’s always good idea to press down all the chips.. (remove static electricity first or use the wrist band) and clean it up with isoprophyl alcohol if available.

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The board was originally 12v model but it was upgraded to 5v operation by swapping few IC’s at locations:
C11 (341-0044 > 341-0061)
C13 (341-0042 > 341-0063 (for 256K memory board)

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Also the location R58 have been modified as it’s clearly been desoldered.

“Also the R58, which is located just above location C13. On a 12-volt logic board a 27 ohm, 1/4 watt resistor will be present. On a 5-volt logic board R58 will be missing and a solder bridge will connect the small solder pads on the logic board under R58’s mounting position on the board.”

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As the main logig board was upgraded to 12v > 5v – the memory board were upgraded to 256k 5v board.

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Just removed the protective cover and the analog board, cleaned it with compressed air and some parts with isoprophyl alcohol. The read-in head was really amazingly clean, but cleaned it as well.

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Floppy drive serial nnumber.

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Power supply ooked really clean. Made in week 51, 1980. The protection around the power cable seems bit worn, but i’ll put an another layer in top of it for time being.

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Repainting the logo. Silver paint pen is great for this. Paiting with slightly dry tip of the pen gets it done. Easy fix.

 

So.. let’s hope it works….

 

SOME BASIC TESTING:

12-volt models have diagnostic’s in ROM so that’s what it goes into when it’s botted without the disk. It passes it OK.

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I tested booting the /// with the test disk, “Confidence test”. It booted fine and tested the system without any issues. The RAM test went thru nicely, i didn’t however run it with extensive period of time in this point but long enough to see if there would be any instant issues.

However when rebooting, sometimes the unit feels like it’s not receiving enough current so it seems to fail loading the screen and it get’s all messed up. Also some buzzing sound (getting louder) could be heard. I think all ///’s make strange noises..  Also the keyboard light seems to have been burned off. That means when the unit is started, it goes directly to the diagnostics mode and in order to boot it, one needs to hit reset+control to boot it. The burned lightbulb does not prevent using the computer, it’s just annoyance.

But i went for the safe way and ordered the proven, high quality, “universal power supply” from reactivemicro.com.  It’s very easy to install and you can order new connection cable as well. Should receive it in few weeks, i hope.

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I kept testing the unit with known risk of the power supply releasing the “magic white smoke” anytime.. and realized the floppy drive might need some mainantace, so i just did what i’ve done with my other ///’s. Started with obious reasons, swapped the IC “CA3146” and it helped the loading process. Then adjusted the speed and the disk hardware test went thru just fine. Booted also the Apple ][ Emulation mode and “Oidzone” the game by Michael Packard, played fine. It’s still picky when/what type of disks it would read..

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Adjusting the drive speed: 

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The original logo was worn off so i painted them with silver paint pen. It wasn’t perfect and might need some rework, but it’s pretty ok so far.

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After i found the Swedish/Finnish -keyboard layout file (apple3.org: APPLE-3-WAP-SYS-02B.dsk) i tried to make working disk that the Nordic one would read. No dice. It just wont read them! I does read mostly all other floppies i have made for the ///’s but the new ones, no. Odd. ADTPro works with Uthernet II but for some reason when i try to Receive the file, it crashes ($A01). All hardware tests are ok. After a while (kept it running for longer time) it starts to refuse booting, giving random video errors and characters on screen. This is a sign to put it aside, and wait, for the Universal power supply to arrive. I could.. of cause, borrow one power supply from an another /// of mine. Let’s see if i get around doing so. 

What is left to be done?
-Install the new Universal Power supply.
-Keyboard light bulb replacement
-Test the keyboard layout.

 

NORDIC MATERIAL WANTED!

I hope to find more Nordic Apple /// software and manuals etc. I have the devices to preserve the materials either by scanning or reading floppies to disk images (.dsk/.ar2/.woz) with Applesauce.

Any help is very much appreciated with this task. It would mean a lot for me.
Thank you.

 

LINKS:

Apple3.org 
https://www.apple3.org 

Universal Power Supply
https://www.reactivemicro.com

FinApple 2019 (c)
Apple /// Forever.

Apple III PFS report med Handledning för användaren:

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Found an nice boxed copy of “FPS: Report” for Apple ///. What makes it interesting (to me) is that it’s complete set (it looks like it) and it’s localized version and have two manuals in Swedish. These localized materials are very interesting to me.

 

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PFS: Report (Apple ///)
-Two software floppies “Report”, “Softwork”
-FPS: Software Catalog
-FPS: Report – Manual (Ringbound, In English)
-FPS: Report – Handledning för användaren (Two Swedish manuals/are the same)

 

The disks are now imaged to .dsk and .woz and available in “ususal places”.

I’ll scan the Swedish manual when i finally.. someday, do receive the new book scanner i’ve ordered.

 

These kinds of finds keep me going with this hobby!

Please contact me if you have more Nordic Apple II or /// software, manuals – or anything.

 

FinApple 2019 (c)
Apple /// Forever

Apple /// Softcard ///

The Softcard /// was produced by Microsoft specifically for the Apple ///. It was basically the same as the original Softcard produced for the Apple II which was Microsofts’s very first hardware product. The Softcard /// was just redesigned to fit inside the Apple III. The Softcard /// gave the Apple /// the ability to run the CP/M operating system and included a Z-80 CPU with 64k RAM. Relased in June 1980.

I’ve kind of wanted this card for some time and been looking for one but so often the price have been too high for me and availability has been quite poor. Luckily recently i was able to win auction that had the card and two floppies with it.

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-Softcard /// 
-SOS-CP/M Utilities Diskette (076-0001) Apple 1982
-Apple Softcard III CP/M Master Diskette v2.20 (076-0002) Apple 1982

The manuals were missing but i believe i have most of the manuals that belong to the original package as well the CP/M book by Osbourne.

INSTALLATION:

What the manuals mentions that the card can be inserted in any slot but slot 2 is recommended. One drive is needed, but two drives are recommended naturally for smoother experience and usage. Also the 5-megabyte ProFile hardrive is supported.

I installed the card to the Apple /// that had Titan /// plus // & Titan /// plus //e – cards and the “OnThree” 512k memory expansion -card installed. That would make the /// even more usefull with even larger software support :

– Apple /// 256k/512k 
– Apple //e 128k 65C02
– CP/M 56k

My setup was as follows:

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#1 – Softcard ///  
#2 – Titan /// plus //
#3 – Titan /// plus //e
#4 – CFFA3000 (for Apple II-testing purposes)

This all reminds me of Commodore 128. You could run C64, C128 and CP/M software on it as it had dual processors inside:
-MOS 8502 @ 2 MHz (C64 & C128)
-Zilog Z80B @ 2 MHz (CP/M)

 

WHAT NEXT?

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Next step is to install the ClassicIDE-card with CF-card acting as HDD. I’ve had the card for years but there haven’t been much use for it after getting CFFA3000 for the IIGS. The ClassicIDE should work with the /// with CFFA-driver but that’s something to be seen. The physical space is very limited so i need to get an angled IDE-adapter in order to install the CF-card.

I do have 5MB Profile drive but .. it’s really noisy and how realible it is, who knows. If that can be modernized with CF-card, it’s fine with me.

I do have the “Legend Memory S-Card” that i thought to put on /// but right now i’m running out of slots.  I might install it to my another /// that is quite in stock condition, only calendar/clock-battery added so far. Just need to get RAM-chips to it..

There’s not lots of options for OS’s to be run with the ///:
-SOS
-DOS 3.3
-ProDOS 2.4.2
-GEOS
-A2Desktop
-Mousedesk
-CP/M
-BOS

That reminds me, i should install and test the mousecard with the /// (& //e emulation).

THOUGHTS?

Running CP/M software with Apple /// at the time, was as uselfull as it was for Apple II’s. There were large base of business software made already for CP/M when the /// was released so it was usefull addition to your ///. In this case as i have both of the  Titan cards on my /// the support for different software is quite maximized as the Titans allows 128k 65c02 Apple //e software run on the ///.

There were never that much software released for ///.. You bought your expensive and unrealiable /// and used  Apple II and CP/M software on it..sad. The /// had great potential.

 

FinApple 2019 (c)
Apple /// Forever.

Apples in Apples: //e in ///

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Yet another ///? But why, would many people ask. But it’s just not that simple. I just HAD TO HAVE this one (that’s what they all say right?). It had few very rare and hard to find cards i have wanted for long time: both Titan-cards (Titan /// plus // & /// plus //e) and the “On Three” 512k Memory expansion-card among other things.

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This /// have seen the world.. From Texas to Canada and then all the way to Finland.

I realized the shipping would be risky.. and expensive as this /// was shipped (insured) from Canada. Thank god the seller had possiblity and knownledge how to pack it well, so everything went fine and it arrived safely. Only one keycap had popped off, but it was matter of just putting it back, nothing was broken. It was like early geek-christmas gift for me when it arrived!


So what did arrive all across the big waters?

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Apple ///
128k model originally, Recapped 115V PSU (just warning sign to myself so i wont power it up with 230V..)

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65C02C CPU was swapped already on board! This is great, the Titan //e card then runs “enhanced” //e 128k software as well.

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..and there were even “OnThree o’clock chip”-installed just missing the battery holder. I’ve never seen the “OnThree o’clock chip”-kit how it looks like or what it did contain, would be interesting to see.

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Disk II for ///
This is early type of drive for the ///. Before Disk /// was released, Apple used the Disk II enclousure and put Disk /// analog board inside the Disk II enclousure. The mechanism is the same and the analog board looks like it had the daisy chaining option added.

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Disk II for /// backside:

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On Three 512k Memory expansion card 
With A4-sized user’s guide and original driver/software-floppies. This card is VERY RARE.

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Titan /// plus //

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/// Plus //e 

With original manual and driver floppy that however doesn’t boot, but have copy of it. These cards are VERY RARE.

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Original floppies:

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-Universal Parallel Interface Card – Boxed with floppy and manual.
-SOS Operating System – Boxed with manuals, floppies and paperwork. Not complete but almost.
-Apple extended warranty folder – This is really neat, with original papers and brouchures.
-“Do-it-yourself for Apple ///” – Original booklet by Sun Remarketing .
-Different kinds of Apple broucures from 1980-1982.
-“On three” 3.5” Unidisk driver’s user’s guide A4-sized and driver floppy. I don’t have the interface card (LIRON, Apple 3.5″ Interface card) but i do have 3.5″ Unidisk-drive. I should get the new “The Apple II 3.5″ Disk Controller Card v1.0” by Reactivemicro.com to try this out.

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-RGB-video cable. This outputs color video from Apple /// to my small LCD/TV. The colors are however NOT totally accurate. Somebody start making good RGB-cables for the the ///… anyone?

 

Universal powersupply:

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Swapped the universal powersupply from reactivemicro.com before powering it first time. For the safety of all the cards and longlivety of the computer itself. The swapping procedure is quite easy, specially for the Apple ///. It requires you just to unplug the old one (see my other post about this earlier : https://finapple.hho.fi/finapple/index.php/2017/06/08/installing-the-universal-power-supply-to-apple/ ). 

I’m suggesting everybody specially with the Apple /// doing this. The /// can have issues of all possible varieties so tacking one from the very early source, the stable powersupply, is really good idea. While swapping the new powersupply, it’s good idea to replace the power cable as well while you are at it.

Titan /// plus // & /// plus //e (Apple //e 65C02 128k):

Good review of the cards can be found from the “On Three Magazine: Volume 5, Issue 7”. There’s pdf of it available in Mike McGinnis’s excelent site : https://www.apple2scans.net 

Just few words about the Titan cards. Titan card-set was great to have back in the day when you had an Apple /// but did not have Apple //e, or you wanted to run them occationally in same computer for reason or an another. The original built-in emulation wasn’t perfect, it was limited to 48k Apple II+ and it wasn’t enough anymore in later part of the 80s when 64k or 128k memory reguirement became more or less standard. The ammount of RAM used by the built-in emulation mode is proven to be impossible to circumvent so far.

Titan card-set basicly gets around those (by hardware) limitations and you’re able to run Apple //e 128k -level emulation. The emulation however is not 100% perfect but depends of your needs, it might be enough. I personally found it interesting (even i have bunch of Apple //e’s of various revisions and models) so i’ve wanted to get one for my Apple /// for ages. You could upgrade your /// board with 65C02 processor to upgrade your //e emulation to “enhanced” as well. Titan Tech. was selling the processor for $35.00 at the time. These Titan cards are VERY RARE.

So how to actually use it?

The Titan cards gets intalled in slots #2 and #3 of the Apple ///. There’s flat ribbon cable that get’s installed between the cards and one cable that is installed to motherboard (Video chip).

(POSSIBLE) SLOT ASSIGNMENTS IN TITAN //e (128K) – EMULATION MODE:

SLOT | NAME USED FOR: 

#1 I/O CARD
=J4 /// plus //e board, BOTH POST = output from Slot 1 will be redirected to builtin RS-232-C serial port.
=J4 /// plus //e board, ONE POST = output from Slot will NOT be redirected to serial port.

#2 I/O CARD
=Titan ///+ – card (must be installed in #2)

#3 80 COL. CARD
=Titan //e – card  (must be installed in #3)

#4 PROFILE
=For modified ProFile card (in //e mode):
-J5 jumper BOTH POSTS = ProFile in //e mode.
-J5 jumper ONE POST = other devices.

#5 PROFILE
=For /// RAM-disk usage only.

#6 DISK DRIVE 1,2
=Only drives 1,2 as in Apple II. No daisy chaining supported.

#7 USED
=Clock/calendar chip. Slot is marked “USED” either it’s installed or not.

Using the Apple //e 128k-emulation:

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By booting the Titan-bootdisk it presents few options:

1) Start using Apple ///
2) Change Apple //e emulation
3) Start Apple //e emulation

#”Start using Apple ///”:
-You can boot SOS-disk and go back to, Apple //e-emulation with “open apple” + pressing and releasing RESET-button and the Titan emulation menu will appear again. I found this this is very, very handy.

Also “open apple” + RESET will bring the Titan emulation menu back when using Apple II programs.  Very handy for changing programs without need to boot the Titan bootdisk again.

#”Change Apple //e emulation”
-Double Hi-res graphics
*Double Hi-res graphics is something that was not in the original emulation options. It is a way of getting the 560×192 pixel graphics display in 80-columns that is available in some IIe programs.
-Printer settings
-Communication settings
-Save settings

#-Start Apple //e emulation
-Insert Apple II disk and press “3” to boot the disk.
 

What? No modern flash storage optinons?

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Those wondering why not use the CFFA3000? Well you can. But. Apple /// can not boot floppy images from it directly. Only way Apple /// can boot is from internal floppy drive (or emulator attached to the connector) so CFFA3000 is kind of useless in that sense. You can use it for HDD emulation from CF or USB-card or reading floppy disk images from it. The floppy booting option can be used in Apple II (48k/128k) emulation mode as well.

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I instaled the CFFA3000 to the only vacant slot of 4 and setup the ProDOS 2.4.2 to smartport (4) and and it worked fine. Acccessing the menu can be done by CALL-15312.

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It’s strange feeling running Apple /// with //e 128k emulation and cracking Apple II original disks with 4am’s Passport. And it works. Something is silly wrong there… but so right.

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The Titan //e-card have plug for 16-pin joystick. Either dummy block or joystick MUST BE installed or the card WONT WORK. I have dummy block installed (or, selfmade equilevant in this case). I actually have not got around installing joystick to it yet.

ProFile. If you want to use the Profile hardisk with Titan-cards, you need to do small modification to the Profile-interface card. It’s matter of bending few legs of IC-chips, nothing major. The procedure is explained in the Titan manual (pdf).

The Titan-cards are endless source of fun to play with on ///.

“On three” 512k Memory Expansion-board:

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There’s great writeup at Mike McGinnis-blog at:
http://www.6502lane.net/2011/01/17/a-look-at-on-threes-512k-memory-board-for-the-apple-iii/

Some software supports the board and 512k straight away some may reguire patching with the update floppy provided with the card.

 

THOUGHTS OF IT ALL?

Titan /// plus // & /// plus //e is/was one kind of lifesaver for /// user’s who needed to run //e 128k software. It have it’s tricks and quirks but overall it’s brilliant piece of hardware. Would be awesome if it would be cloned due the nature of it’s rarity so more more /// user’s could have it on their hands and use it. I’ve heard there’s some process of reverse engineering these cards but i don’t have any more information about that if it’s happening or not. All software have worked so far what i’ve tried on but if you need to install card for some certain software that depends it been installed on certain slot, you might get intro troubles. 

The 512k memory expansion is actually usefull if you run your business applications or need RAM-drive. Some software supports it automaticly, some does not and you have to patch it first. I’ll need to dig into this more closer later. I’ve heard there’s some process of reverse engineering this card but i don’t have any more information about that if it’s happening or not.

Sadly the Uthernet II card doesn’t work if you have the Titan cards installed. The ADTpro does boot but it crashes before it finishes loading. Also other software under Apple //e emulation that could use the Uthernet II card, like what i tried: A2osx, IP65:TELNET65 or SMS-EVERNOTE-TELNET-TWEET-package – do not work perfectly.

The Softcard /// works fine with the Titan cards no conflicts there whatsoever.

I’m kind of curious trying the 3.5″ Unidisk drive with the /// but at the moment i can’t afford the interface card. Maybe sometime in 2019 i’ll get the possiblity for this? I not not sure how usefull it would be, but the card can be used with //e or GS mainly so it could be tested with /// as well if i get the card. 

I’ll try get the HDD emulation working with ClassicIDE + CF-card combination. Just need some adapter to be able to install the CF-card into the ClassicIDE.

Thanks to :
Mike McGinnis for great blog at : https:///www.6502lane.net and https://www.apple2scans.net 
– For great information about the Apple /// & scans, diskimages etc. (Appears to be down right now, you can access the site from archive.orgs waybackmachine).

Mike McGinnis & Paul Hagstrom for the great podcast “Drop /// Inches” http://drop-iii-inches.com/
– For great podcast and information about the Apple ///

http://apple3.org
– For all information, pdf, diskimages etc.

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Universal Powersupply is availalble from reactivemicro.com for $70.00 + shipping ($25.00 for the new cable).

 

FinApple 2019 (c)
Apple /// Forever.

 

MEGA Audio with Apple /// in ][ emulation-modes:

Based on preview copy of the MEGA Audio-card!

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As there’s different ways to emulate Apple II with the Apple ///, i went ahead and tested the new MEGA Audio-card by a2heaven.com with the Apple /// and it’s native built-in Apple ][ 48k RAM and the Titan //e 128k RAM-emulation modes. The regular Mockingboard card is known to work in built-in emulation mode (so far it physicly fits inside) but i wanted to know if the MEGA Audio would work as well and it’s all emulated built-in, audio-cards: Mockingboard, A.L.F. and S.A.M.

I configured the card to use slot 1 and for testing, also slot 4 as Mockingboard, the Titan cards occupy the Slots 2 and 3 in Apple /// the stock, 256k model had all slots free.

I tried also installing the actual Mockingboard cards i have, but no luck.. because:

Mockingboard (reactivemicro) does not physically fit inside. The Apple /// area where the cards are inserted is actually pretty small (shorter). The cards can be taller, but have to be shorter in order to fit inside.

Mockingbogard Tube (a2heaven.com) does fit, but the RCA-connectors it have in the end of the card, touch the bottom of the slot opening hole, and prevent the card been pressed down in the slot. Some riser card could be used but at the moment i didn’t have one.

The Mockingboard from Ian Kim (apple2.net) does fit but i do not have it anymore but it’s been proven to work.

TESTING INFORMATION:

1) Apple /// with:
-OnThree 512k Memory expansion-card installed.
-Titan ///+ & //e-cards (in slots #2 & #3) installed.

2) Apple ///
-Stock 256k model.
-Battery clock installed.
-No cards (all removed for testing purposes).

(POSSIBLE) SLOT ASSIGNMENTS IN TITAN //e (128K) – EMULATION MODE:

SLOT | NAME USED FOR: 

#1 I/O CARD
=J4 /// plus //e board, BOTH POST = output from Slot 1 will be redirected to builtin RS-232-C serial port.
=J4 /// plus //e board, ONE POST = output from Slot will NOT be redirected to serial port.
#2 I/O CARD
= Titan ///+ – card (must be installed in #2)
#3 80 COL. CARD
= Titan //e – card  (must be installed in #3)
#4 PROFILE
=For modified ProFile card (in //e mode):
-J5 jumper BOTH POSTS = ProFile in //e mode.
-J5 jumper ONE POST = other devices.
#5 PROFILE
= For /// RAM-disk usage only.
#6 DISK DRIVE 1,2
= Only drives 1,2 as in Apple II.
#7 USED
= Clock/calendar chip. Slot is marked “USED” either it’s installed or not.

SLOT ASSIGNMENTS IN BUILT-IN 48k – EMULATION MODE:

#1  
#2 
#3  
#4     
#5 SUPER SERIAL CARD  
#6 DISK DRIVES 1,2
#7 COMMUNICATIONS CARD 

ACCESSING THE CONFIGURATION MENU:

Accessing the MEGA Audio-configuration menu in Apple II:
]CALL -151
*CFFF (not needed)
*CX00 X = number of the slot where the MEGA Audio card is installed.
*C800G

Accessing the monitor in Apple ///:
Hit the “CTRL-OPENAPPLE-RESET” -key sequence to get the monitor command line interface after booting.

Working or not?
– 48k (YES) 
– 128k //e (YES)
– /// (NO)

THE CARDS / SLOTS / TESTS:

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Mockingboard:
1) TITAN 128k
-Mockingboard in Slot #1, #4
-No audio. Only speaker. Equalizer works.

2) ORIGINAL 48k
-Mockingboard in Slot #4,3,2,1
-No audio. Only speaker. Equalizer works.


ALF:
1) TITAN 128k
– Slot #1
– ALF Disk – Menu audio (setup) OK but when the player is loaded up, it freezes.
– ALF Music Album disks worked.

2) ORIGINAL 48k
– Slot #2
– ALF Disk – Menu audio (setup) OK but when the player is loaded up, it freezes.
– ALF Music Album disks worked.


SAM:
1) TITAN 128k
– (not tested)

2) ORIGINAL 48k
– Slot #5
– Works fine. 

Internal speaker – is it forwarded to the external speakers?
-Apple II 48k (NO), Apple //e 128k (NO)

Accessing the menu?
-Apple II 48k (YES), Apple //e 128k (YES)

Slot settings for the different cards?
-Apple II 48k (YES), Apple //e 128k (YES)

Equalizer working?
-Apple II 48k (YES), Apple //e 128k (YES)

Card led settings?
-Apple II 48k (YES), Apple //e 128k (YES)

Saving the configuration?
-Apple II 48k (YES), Apple //e 128k (YES)

Adjusting the speaker volume?
-Apple II 48k (NO), Apple //e 128k (NO) seems to come from both.

 

So the MEGA Audio-card works quite well with the /// – just the Mockingboard-emulation is not working. It would be nice to have it with Titan //e emulation. Maybe later there will be MEGA Audio Pro?

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Available at: https://www.a2heaven.com/webshop/
$85 + $20 for the Equalizer display (free shipping everywhere) 

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

Lucky bid, Apple /// manuals!

books_top_of_apple3_sAtleast once i had luck with the ebay and won some interesting and missing manuals from my collection. Especially i was after the “Apple Business Basic Refence Manuals”.

All of them are in English expect the “Apple /// Handboek voor de gebruiker” that is in Dutch. That’s very interesting and needs to be scanned. Will do that when i get the new book scanner sometime in early, i hope, 2019.

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Apple Business Basic – Reference Manual – Volume 1
Apple Business Basic – Reference Manual – Volume 2
Pascal Programmer’s Manual – Volume 1
Pascal Programmer’s Manual – Volume 2
Pascal Program Preperation Tools
Pascal Introduction, Filer, and Editor
Pascal 11 Update
Apple /// Owner’s Guide
Apple /// Handboek voor de gebruiker (Dutch)
Universal Parallel Interface Card Manual
Apple Writer /// Operating Manual (no floppy)

FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple /// Forever.

 

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!