This Apple //e “early” (PAL) model i happened to find during my summer vacation. There was one old MicroComputer shop that had closed up and they were emptying their warehouse from excess material. The owner was also a PC collector so there were lots of mainly, PC stuff around. But after seing few pictures i thought that there were “early” //e model and Apple Monitor /// (the later with beige front panel) so arranged the time and drove there. It was about 400km round trip but i had the time.
Luckily i had agreed beforehand to buy this set (without seeing it actually any closer) as when i got there, there were other people interested in Apple II’s as well (!). There were two quite dusty and yellow //e’s that they grabbed before me. Anyway, it turned out to be an another of those “early” 1983 models with different case (Jerry Manock designed). Those are not so common over here so naturally iwas happy to add one to my hoard… collection.
All chips socketed (thank god).
Board date: 1883 (also have : “8333” hand written)
Board code: 820-0073-A 1982 (c)
Board model: B-607-0664
Board manuf: R8316
Case serial : A2S064P : 2A2S2-138295
Serial Label : 825-0472-A / 220V, 50Hz, ~0.5A
Case date stamped inside : 6. MAI 1983 (Friday, Week 18, 1983)
6. MAI 1983
-Keyboard ROM 341-0152 (Rev.A Apple 82)
-Video ROM *label missing* should be 341-0162 REV.B
-EF ROM 342-0134-A
-CD ROM 342-0135-B
-CPU R65C02P3 II450-I3 8439
Interesting! The other “early” unit i have it also have the same CPU R65C02P3 II45-I3 from the same week! 8439 (!)
-As the ROM’s are not enhanced, i’ll swap the CPU to regular 6502 when i find one.
-Power supply: Astec AA11040C (230V, 50Hz. 0.5A)
Very basic cards. Nothing excting.
-Disk II interface card
-Apple 64k/80col card (607-0103)
Cleaned the system thoroughly, good place to dry things up is naturally the Sauna! The keycaps were cleaned in a soap liquid for a day and then brushed with toothbrush.
At sauna.. no heat on.
As the power supply is old and i really don’t want to blow it up right now, i tested this unit with known good recapped AE Heavy Duty PSU.
Booted fine with AE psu. The color picture was bit shaky. The video connector would need some cleaning.
Used the “Apple //e diagnostic card” -to check if the unit had any obious issues.
Keyboard: worked otherwise but “H” -keyswitch seems to be broken. Will be replaced.
Diagnostic was 100% otherwise.
Glad to have an another of these early ones added up to my collection.
FinApple 2019 (c)
Apple //e Forever.