Apple II Plus
This machine was given to me in non-working order a few years ago; its
previous owner wanted to get it going for his kid. Not confident at the
time in my repair skills, I tracked a IIe down for him and got him going
with that. I walked away with the II Plus. As it turned out, the power
supply was dead and some chips on the motherboard were loose. When the
PC-type power supply went into the Stealth GS, its power supply (drilled for
extra ventilation) went into the IIe and the IIe's power supply went into
the II Plus. As for the motherboard, reseating each of the dozens of chips
and disassembling and cleaning the keyboard put it back in working order.
Here's what I have:
The computer itself, with 48K.
No floppy drives...those were left with the customer in his "new"
IIe. I picked up some Disk II floppy drives and a controller a
Microsoft 16K memory expansion,
compatible with Apple's "language card."
Hayes Micromodem 300-bps
internal/external modem (an interface card
inside the machine with a cable leading out to a box with the phone
jack and analog circuitry).
Repeaterrrr keyboard enhancement...if I'm not mistaken, this adds
auto-repeat to the keyboard and makes lowercase input in selected
programs possible (I don't recall if a lowercase character-generator
ROM was installed along with it...probably not).
SCRG Paddle-Adapple dual-joystick adapter.
Here's the out-of-the-box configuration for a II Plus:
16K-48K RAM, expandable through at least a couple of methods. The
most common is a 16K "language card," named because Apple sold it
for use with its Pascal system. A language card is also required
for ProDOS 8 to work. Note that this functionality is built into
all later Apple IIs.
Eight standard Apple II expansion slots.
Integrated graphics that supported the following modes:
Lo-Res: 40x48, 16 colors
Hi-Res: 280x192, 2 colors or 140x192, 6 colors
mixed mode: four lines of text at the bottom with a reduced
amount of Lo-Res or Hi-Res graphics above
Integrated keyboard capable of generating the first 96 ASCII
characters. Lowercase input is not supported out of the box, though
a "shift-key modification" was commonly applied to enable lowercase
input in programs that supported it.
Integrated DIP-16 joystick port.
Input and output jacks for an audio-cassette recorder for data
Some of the links at the bottom of my
page may be of value to II Plus users. A fair chunk of the
software that found its way onto the Internet requires at least a IIe,
though there are "warez" archives (check
for names) that have games and other software from when
the II Plus ruled the roost in Cupertino.
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