Recalibration

Its all about recalibration. Tweeking and turning those dials... I purchased a while back a Apple II component card from Nishida Radio and seemed on my Apple IIe PAL it was not compatible. After a year of emailing and waiting I saw a YouTube video showing the same card in an Apple IIe PAL, working 100%. So I returned to it, retweeked and Bob my uncle the darn card worked. Its pretty close to the original. The darn dials on the card need tweaking.

Virtual II Emulator (OSX)

Ultima V

Apple IIe with component card. (The top of the image is dark due to the angle I took the photo at)

Ultima V
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Another Midi card

I managed to get some pictures and info about the Sentech Midi Interface card for the Apple II. Thanks to Carlos Fernandez for the info.

Sentech MIDI Interface Card Front SideSentech MIDI Interface Card Back Side
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Apple IIGS Sorted!!

Well well well...Darn logic board was shagged!! I’ll de darned. I originally thought I had a good deal buying my Apple IIGS from the UK. Apparently not.

IMG_7490

After buying a secondhand logic board from eBay, I had to return it in the end. No questions asked, but it was faulty as we have seen in the last post. I’ve now got my Apple IIGS cooking with gas. I just need to get some more peripherals. Happy

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Apple IIGS woes

A while back I purchased an Apple IIGS from the UK. Things started to fail soon after. First the serial port started spitting out strange code and then the 1MB RAM expansion card was not detected. I located a reconditioned logic board from ebay. Replaced mine and fired it up. All tests from the Apple IIGS Diagnostics disk seems to pass but when I booted up System 6.01 it froze while loading. Sometimes with an error. Read More...
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Serial problems arrgghhh

I guess if all my Apple II stuff worked then it would be quiet boring. Half the fun is working out what is wrong and how to fix it. hmmmm.. I had a simple task ahead of me. Create a floppy copy of Ultima V so a friend could test out the graphics on his Apple IIe NTSC version to see if the graphics are displayed like my PAL version. My endless video problems seem to have no solution. The fact is I don’t even know if anything is wrong. Maybe all PAL Apple IIe’s graphics look like mine? As I have no reference I need to go about this the hard way.

SuperSerial-1L

So I located a new box of 10 double Density 5 1/4” floppy disks and fired up ADT-PRO. Errors…..more errors.. And this was on my Apple IIGS which worked a few months ago. arrrggh. I then tried my Apple IIe and the Super Serial card. Strange things are a foot at the Circle K. Looks like I have screwy Super Serial Card too. Darn. I’m sourcing one now. Fingers crossed it works.

*****Update: The problem in the end was with mac Mac Pro. The driver I was using was not installed correctly. I removed it and used the standard Aten one.
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Video component video card

Apple IIe Component Video Card

To try and resolve my on going video problems with my Apple II PAL editions I located this store in Japan. Hand crafted made to order boards that seemed amazing. Only one catch. Seems they are NTSC only as I’m getting some really strange results. The webpage for the cards is: http://tulip-house.ddo.jp/DIGITAL/english.html Read More...
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Yamaha Music Interface

Yamaha Music Interface

Thanks to my mate George over in the USA I managed to score this Yamaha Music Interface Midi card for my Apple II. I was using a Synthtech card before which worked quiet well but I could not close the lid of my Apple II due to the midi cables connector not fitting through the hole. Read More...
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Passport Designs MIDI interface card

There is not much info on the web about this card. The Wikipedia has some information but no photos. It's a very rare and hard to come by card but saying that most Apple II hardware is getting harder to find each day. The Passport Designs MIDI interface card allows you to connect midi devices to your Apple II o Apple IIe. Even some games like Origin’s Ultima V supported this device allowing the games music to be enhanced using MIDI for the sound track. Something Sierra would do with Roland’s MT32 in the years to come.

The card has midi in/out, thu plus for all your analogic minded people out there, tape sync in/out. Pretty much all you needed back in the days of midi. Do read the manual linked at the bottom of the pages as it goes into further details on connection and using the card. Thanks to Phillip for the scans of the card.

The front side:

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Apple IIe Enhancement kit

Apple IIe Enhancement kit

My original Apple IIe that I purchased off eBay came broken. The video rom was burnt out and displayed garbled graphics. In the end I could not source a replacement chip so I purchased a second Apple IIe to use as spare parts. Last week I found someone of eBay selling the Apple IIe Enhancement kit. Unfortunately it arrived with the US video rom chip which is a lot smaller than my Germany PAL version. You can see the size difference here: Read More...
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CFFA3000 Card

CFFA3000

Finally my CFFA3000 card arrived the other day. For some reason Rich’s email made its way to my spam folder and I did not see it hence the longer delivery time. This card is pretty amazing. I’ve even started to make official backups of my original Apple II software. I’m using a compact flash 1GB card but I find its a lot easier just to have a USB extension cable connected at all times and use a USB pen drive when needed. Makes live a lot easier when your copying from another machine. Read More...
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