Tag: AppleII

  • Unbreaking things

    So having thoroughly broken both my Atari 800xl and my CreatiVision, I decided to spend some of my long weekend fixing them. Atari 800xl I started working on the Atari 800 first. This was actually several days work in the evenings as it got out of hand, as the Atari forums people got involved with…

  • A Small Change

    A minor change to the Apple IIgs. I purchased a USB Extension cable, with a USB A plug on one end and a USB A socket on the other, complete with mounting holes. This allows me to route the Booti USB port to the outside of the IIgs. It takes standard M2.5 screws, aka “Floppy…

  • Apple IIgs Question

    So I have an Apple IIgs, which is rather nice, but I have noticed that the video from the RGB is a little off in places. Here’s the IIgs boot screen Here’s it zoomed in I’ve seen screengrabs and videos that don’t seem to have this banding. Oddly, in most places it’s perfectly fine. Is…

  • Plotting out the upgrades

    As 2021 is “the year of the peripheral” for me, I thought I’d put down my Month by Month plan for upgrades. January RAMIIgs (Apple IIgs, already fitted) February Z80 Card for Apple II (Apple IIe, second hand, on it’s way) March DDI 5 (Amstrad CPC 464. Sorry Greg!) April Nothing. I’ll be at SwanCon…

  • Upgrading The Apple IIgs

    As the IIgs has become my primary system for experiencing Apple II software, I’ve installed a few upgrades for “quality of life” improvements The first of these is a Booti card. This emulates a Apple II HDD. It’s a rather nifty device that allows me to run hard disk “images” directly from a USB drive.…

  • Fixing SMK J-M0404 Keyswitches

    I got chatting with someone on one of the Discord channels I haunt as to whether one of my clone Apple IIs would be for sale, specifically the Apple IIe clone. I refer to this one as my “Orange” as rather than apple keys, it has much more “orange” looking keys As part of my…

  • I declare 2021 the “Year of the Peripheral”

    With a CPC 464 wending it’s way to me, and (hopefully) in the new year, my BBC Master and Atari 800xl arriving, I find myself in the strange position of having “enough” retro computers for now. No, I don’t have a TRS/80, a CoCo or a Ti 99/4a. I can live without for now. I…

  • Not much going on…

    So with the run up to Christmas, my repairs and projects have slowed right down.I have: Got my BMOW Floppy Emu. Now I can easily put apps and disk images onto my Apple II systems. With a change of firmware I can also use it with my Macintosh SE/30 Won an Auction! I have an…

  • How wrong we were

    I recently put a call out to the three Macintosh collectors I knew to see if any of them had accidently ended up with an Apple II 3½ Drive in their collection by accident. They’re easy enough to identify as they have an eject button, whereas the Mac version did not. Greg (Who is pretty…

  • Cleaning my ADB Keyboard

    I’m still waiting on bits-n-pieces for my Macintosh and my Apple IIs. That hasn’t stopped me doing minor works. The other day, for instance, I finally got around to cleaning my ADB keyboard. This keyboard is used with both my Apple IIgs and my Mac SE/30 and it was filthy. Time for a quick clean…