Apple ][e Success Story

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Apple ][e Success Story

Postby Gurner on Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:39 pm

From ex-school machine, badly yellowed, and covered in thick dust, inside and out, to a decent machine that's had hours of recent use already.
Only cards were the Duo Disk controller and a 3rd party Grappler. So just running the standard 64k.

Here it is from Trade Me: The keyboard is so dirty, that the space bar still looks like it's the same colour as the other keys.
Keys had to be removed and washed in the sink.

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The power supply blew smoke, I thought it had had it. Thanks to Ron Turner, the filter caps were replaced, bringing it back to life.

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Within seconds, while I was wondering where the smoke had come from, the monitor blew the same type of caps. Thanks to Radar, the monitor is working great. A squirt of contact cleaner in the brightness pot resulted in a clear, steady picture.

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The keyboard was pretty shocking. As an ex-school machine, it had seen more than its fair share of keyboard abuse and grot. A number of keys didn't work initially, but loads of firm taps got all of them working 100% again.

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I had it on a white desk initially, but even after Jif with a toothbrush, OxyAction soakings etc. It still was a bit yellowed but much better. The wooden whisky boxes don't show the yellowing so much, might look for a wooden table.

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Using 30 year old floppies resulted in both drives stopping until they were cleaned with a ridiculous amount of alcohol. I had some brand new 2013 disks from Germany that I'd bought for the C64. These didn't cause the head problem.

This Apple II .WAV Diskserver formats the disk and copies disk images via the cassette port. Works every time!
http://asciiexpress.net/diskserver/

If there are disks that aren't on the extensive server, you can convert .dsk files to .wav using "c2t"
https://github.com/datajerk/c2t

Thanks so much to all that helped make this old ][e an excellent working machine again!

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Re: Apple ][e Success Story

Postby tezza on Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:40 pm

Great to see these old machines restored! Thanks for posting!
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Re: Apple ][e Success Story

Postby kevman3d on Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:46 pm

That's awesome... Its just like 1979 for me all over again... God I am so old... :lol:
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Re: Apple ][e Success Story

Postby Gibsaw on Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:45 am

Gurner wrote:This Apple II .WAV Diskserver formats the disk and copies disk images via the cassette port. Works every time!
http://asciiexpress.net/diskserver/


No ADTPro?
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Re: Apple ][e Success Story

Postby Gurner on Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:20 pm

Gibsaw wrote:
Gurner wrote:This Apple II .WAV Diskserver formats the disk and copies disk images via the cassette port. Works every time!
http://asciiexpress.net/diskserver/


No ADTPro?


I only have the Audio option – the host laptop refuses to hear the IIe. Went to the ADT Pro forum, but still couldn't get it going.

At least this way works easily for me, and copies a disk via audio in two minutes.
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