And then I bought an Apple IIe off eBay
WHAT have I done?
The peripheral cards
This Apple IIe is pretty dirty.
But there are some ribbon cables trailing out the back of the machine.
What might be inside?
Disk 2 Interface CardPretty standard. Most machines would probably have this card.
Microsoft SoftcardThese CP/M cards go for $60-$120 on eBay, so this card could be resold to cover the cost of the eBay auction.
I've never used CP/M, and don't really have much interest in it. So I'll probably find a way to test the card and then re-sell it.
Orange Micro Grappler+So this is an interesting find. Based on the brochure, I take it this connected the machine to a printer and allowed for printscreens.
Super Serial CardThis is a great find. This gem can be used to connect the Apple II to the serial port of a modern computer, including the very exciting Raspberry Pi.
It's a bit of a pain without the connector, but those can be tracked down easily enough.
ANOTHER Super Serial Card!I'm very excited about this card, which I can use in my Apple IIe Platinum.
But, Does it boot?
It boots right up and BASIC works like a boss!
Testing the Microsoft CP/M Softcard
I was able to download a copy of the original Microsoft Softcard manuals and the boot disks from the Asimov FTP, which is really a testament to the completeness of that archive.
The instructions are easy enough:
- Place the Softcard in Slot 4
- Place the disk in the floppy drive and boot!
- CP/M maps the slot6, drive 1 (s6d1) as the A: drive.
- I tried a few different CPM disks, but the one which worked for me was CPM_WordStar.dsk
Is the Apple IIe enhanced?
I have always loved that there was an enhanced enhanced Apple II. Just the idea that rather than introduce an Apple II Omega Edition, or something like that, they just created an Enhanced Apple IIe. They could have even called it Apple IIe2 (squared). It really does demonstrate how Apple had abandoned the Apple II produce line and was just keeping it around because people kept buying them.
Identify the CPU using a BASIC program
10 PRINT "ID THE CPU" 20 I = 800 30 READ J : IF J < 0 THEN GOTO 50 40 POKE I,J : I = I + 1 : GOTO 30 50 CALL 800 60 CPU = PEEK (0) 70 IF CPU = 0 THEN PRINT "6502" 80 IF CPU = 1 THEN PRINT "Standard 65C02 (6503)" : PRINT "6503 is just the Rockwell designation for a 65c02" 90 IF CPU = 2 THEN PRINT "Rockwell R65C02" 100 IF CPU = 3 THEN PRINT "65802 or 65816" 110 IF CPU = 76 THEN PRINT "JSBasic" 120 DATA 160,0,248,169,153,24,105,1,216,48,21,160,3,162,0,187,208,14 130 DATA 166,234,136,132,234,23,234,196,234,134,234,208,1,136,132,0 140 DATA 96,-1
Lets examine the chips to see what we have right now.
This Apple IIe has an unenhanced Video ROM.
This processor can be upgraded to the 65C02
So the Apple IIe I have is definitely in need of enhancement.
I also ordered a 64K memory expansion, off eBay, to allow me to use 80 Column mode.